Hyonjun Rhee


Hyonjun Rhee Principal

Born in Seoul, South Korea, Hyonjun Rhee studied at the Korea National University of Arts.  He joined Universal Ballet in 2007 and was promoted to Principal one year later.  In 2013, Hyonjun joined Tulsa Ballet.  He has danced principal roles in numerous full-length ballets such as A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Wheeldon), Cinderella (Stevenson), Don Quixote, Giselle, Lady of the Camellias (Caniparoli), The Nutcracker (Angelini), Onegin (Cranko), The Sleeping Beauty, Swan LakeLa Bayadère, and Romeo & Juliet (Liang, MacMillan).  Hyonjun’s contemporary repertoire includes Black Cake (van Manen), Classical Symphony (Possokhov), Extremely Close (Cerrudo), The Four Temperaments (Balanchine), In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated (Forsythe), Infra (McGregor), Minus 7 (Naharin), Petite Mort (Kylián), Remansos (Duato), Rooster (Bruce), and Sechs Tänze (Kylián).  He has also created roles in works by Luciano Cannito, Ma Cong, Jorma Elo, Nicolo Fonte, Young Soon Hue, and Dwight Rhoden.  In 2002, Hyonjun received the Varna International Ballet Competition’s Best Couple award.  As a choreographer, Hyonjun has created two pieces for Tulsa Ballet II, Relations and Panorama.  His first solo work, Toccata and Fugue, was chosen as the compulsory contemporary piece for all senior female competitors at the Valentina Kozlova Ballet Competition in 2015.