July 18, 2008

North Korea: Kim Jong-Il Views Russian Dancing Troupe, No Date Given

Text of report in English by state-run North Korean news agency KCNA

Pyongyang, July 17 (KCNA) - Kim Jong Il [Kim Cho'ng-il], general secretary of the Korean Workers' Party and chairman of the DPRK National Defence Commission, appreciated a performance given by the State Academy Beryozka Dancing Troupe of Russia Named after N.S. Nadezhdina on a visit to the DPRK.

Kim Jong Il [Kim Cho'ng-il] was greeted at a theatre by Mira Koltsova, head of the dancing troupe, and Alexander Matsegora, Russian charge d' affaires ad interim here.

Kim Jong Il [Kim Cho'ng-il] expressed thanks to the artistes of the dancing troupe for encouraging the Korean people in their drive to greet the 60th anniversary of the founding of the DPRK with shining labour achievements through their enthusiastic performances and had a cordial talk with the Russian guests.

The dancing troupe with a long history and tradition raised the curtain with chorus "Song of General Kim Jong Il [Kim Cho'ng-il]." It staged colourful numbers such as female group dance "Beryozka", male group dance "Jokers", mixed group dances "In Memory of the Defenders of the Motherland" and "Vast Plain", comic dance "Old Bachelors", solo dance "Recollection", dance suite "This Happened Long Ago," songs and dances "Beryozka", "The Evening in the Suburbs of Moscow", "Katyusha" and "Flower-Strewn Brink of Marsh" from the revolutionary opera "Tell the Story, Forest".

In their performance the artistes truthfully represented the Russian people's ardent love for the country, optimistic and diligent life and national custom with refined artistry and graceful and enthusiastic rhythms.

The performance closed with chorus of Korean song "The General of Korea".

He congratulated the artistes on their successful performance and extended his greetings to them.

The head of the dancing troupe, reflecting the unanimous reverence of all the artistes for him, expressed warmest thanks to him for watching their performance and showing deep interest in their art creation activities.

Among the audience were Choe Thae Bok [Ch'oe t'ae-pok], secretary of the C.C., the KWP, Kang Sok Ju, first vice-minister of Foreign Affairs, KPA Generals Hyo'n Ch'O'l-hae [Hyon Chol Hae] and Ri Myong Su, servicepersons, creators and artistes of the army and society.

Originally published by KCNA, Pyongyang, in English 1707 17 Jul 08.

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