Yen Han

Yen Han is one of the most popular and versatile prima ballerinas of Ballet Zurich, a company which during the years that she has been a member, has become one of the best troupes in Europe.

Apart from a perfect classical technique, Yen is endowed with an exceptionally expressive personality and artistic imagination. This is why her role portraits are always convincing and cover an immensely contrasting variety of characters, whether they belong to the great Classical Repertoire or to Modern Dance and Dance Theatre. Her most impressive qualities are her musicality, her persuasive acting, her naturalness, poetry, but also her great expressive power. 

She dances principle characters in all the great classics of the repertoire: „Swan Lake“, „The Nutcracker“, „Sleeping Beauty“, „Giselle“, „La fille mal gardée“, „Don Quichotte“ and „Cinderella“. 

Numerous renowned choreographers chose to create roles and revolutionary interpretations especially for Yen: Heinz Spoerli  (Chloé in „Daphnis et Chloé“, Juliet in „Romeo and Juliet“, Marie in „The Nutcracker“, Solveig in “Peer Gynt” as well as the „Chosen One” in his modern version of „The Rite of Spring“ where she overwhelmingly uncovers the human basic instincts; Bernd Bienert with his ballet „Kompass“ (world première with music by Luciano Berio); Jiří Kylián with „Bella Figura“). Furthermore, she worked with Hans van Manen, William Forsythe, Mats Ek, Lin-Hwai Min and Mauro Bigonzetti and danced the principal roles in the historical reconstructions of the ballets „The Firebird“ (Fokin), „The Rite of Spring“ (Nijinski) and „Skating Rink“ (Borlin).

Yen could recently be admired on cinema screen in the film «Spoerli – ich bin Tanzmacher» and on television as well as DVD in the ballets „Peer Gynt“ and „Cello Suites“, filmed at the Opernhaus Zürich.

Public and press always reacted to Yen’s appearances with exceptional acclaim. Three times, she was given a „Ballet International Critic Acclaim” as best dancer and for her Juliet she received a „Star of the Week” in Munich.

In June 2013, Yen and Arman Grigoryan were honoured with the „Dance Prize of the Friends of Ballet Zurich”, which was awarded for the first time. This prize is assessed by Zurich ballet aficionados and acknowledges personal charisma, stage presence and technical mastery. Only a few months later, in September 2013, the Swiss Federal Office of Culture BAK recognized Yen as the first ever winner of the Swiss Dance Award in the category „Outstanding Female Dancer”.

Yen was trained by Stefan Mucsi and Paul Maure in Los Angeles and at the Beijing Dance Academy. She was semifinalist at the „Prix de Lausanne“, a member of the Jeune Ballet de France in Paris and the Ballet de l’Opéra de Nice in France. With Ballet Zurich she tours throughout the world and as a soloist she has appeared in Germany, France, Spain and the US.

Herself a mother of two children, Yen's great wish is to transmit through her teaching to children and young people that which marks her own work as an artist: Passion and Joy in Dance. 

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