Mindy Lam collaborated with Korea based photographer and visual artist, Baki to shoot Eun Won Lee, from Korea, who is in her third season with The Washington Ballet at the Melrose Georgetown Hotel.
Photography by Baki
Born in South Korea, EunWon Lee started ballet at the age of 7. Regarded as a child prodigy, she entered Korea National University of Arts at the age of 16. Right after graduation she joined the Korean National Ballet, immediately taking on lead roles. After 2 years, she rose to the rank of a principal: making her the youngest principal dancer in the history of Korean National Ballet.
EunWon is a distinguished recipient of The Korean Ballet Association’s Prima Ballerina Award and New Artist Award; Korea Ballet Competition’s Senior Silver Medal and Prima Ballerina Award; Varna Ballet Competition’s Junior Bronze Medal; Shanghai Ballet Competition’s Junior Silver Medal; Seoul International Ballet Competition’s Grand Prix Junior Gold Medal and Vaganova Prix International Competition’s Elegance Award.
"Back home, Lee was the National Ballet's youngest principal ballerina and a dance celebrity. Her performances sold out the Seoul opera house in minutes. She starred in "Giselle," "La Bayadere" and other classics, and was coached by visiting ballet royalty from around the world."
- The Washington Post
EunWon Lee has danced various diverse repertoires including lead roles in Romeo & Juliet, Taming of the Shrew, Giselle, Swan Lake, Don Quixote, La Bayadère, Raymonda, L'Arlésienne, and The Nutcracker.
In August 2016, the world-renowned ballerina, Julie Kent, invited EunWon to join The Washington Ballet under Kent’s new artistic leadership. This year marks EunWon’s third season with the company.