An array of dance styles for London audiences to discover as the capital’s festival of Korean dance returns for a second year.
The Korean Cultural Centre UK (KCCUK) presented ‘A Festival of Korean Dance’ collaborating with The Place and Korea Arts Management Service (KAMS). This year’s carefully curated week-long festival kicked off with the thrilling Modern Table followed by two more performances from acclaimed artists who are making their UK debut. We were asked to edit pre-existing footage to create three trailers for the events.
This performance combined traditional Korean dance with contemporary movement eight virtuoso male dancers driven by the rhythmic sounds of live Ajaeng music (traditional Korean string instrument).
Modern Table 모던테이블 Dance Company, led by choreographer KIM Jae-duk, is a contemporary dance company which communicates with the audience through intuitive movements and gives syn-aesthetic imagery and a fresh impression.
Based on contemporary dance, Modern Table mix stage musical, Pan-sori, rock and hip-hop performances that transgress borders between genres.
The Company drew global attention for its public sentiment and Korean material. Its repertoire is both publically and critically acclaimed in Korea for its unpredictable ideas and experimental works. By dancing with Korean lines in dynamic movements with male dancer troupe, Modern Table is making its own style.
Somoo is a work on Feminism. Named after a traditional Korean mask, the show focuses on the female body and uses images of traditional Asian gestures to configure the movements into a visualisation of female genitalia. In A Long Talk to Oneself, choreographer/ dancer Bora Kim conducts a conversation with a video of herself projected on stage. Expressing through movement the stories that are stored in one’s experiences, Kim lays bare a deeply moving tenderness and fragility.
Art Project BORA 아트 프로젝트 보라 is led by Kim Bora, who has emerged in recent years as Korea’s most spotlighted choreographer. The Company has seen significant growth in recognition with performances both at home and abroad such as Japan, France, Netherlands, Belgium, Finland, Slovenia, Germany, Austria, Mexico, Italy, Brasil, Uruguay. Their continuous evolution has helped them build up a repertoire of style and colours that remain unique to themselves. As a dance company, Art Project BORA defies the rigid constraints of logic and concepts, creating a feast of images and senses. Founded on contemporary dance, Art Project BORA embraces different fields such as visual arts, films, performance art, music, and fashion. It’s a group that leads in the field of experimental work through the exchange of different genres. Not limited to performing in theatres, the Company aims to explore methods to connect with audiences, breaking the barrier of genres and space concepts.
Choi x Kang project uses a camera as an apparatus that captures and controls objects, this imaginative work asks ‘can objects outside our eyes be controlled?’
The Choi X Kang Project is a project group consisting of Choi Min-sun and Kang Jin-an, based in Seoul, Korea since 2015. The group is looking for an intuitive way to create motions and focusing on the process of connecting external devices to the body through diverse experiments. From 2010 to 2016, the two worked as dancers at the Korea National Contemporary Dance Company. The group received an award for <Basic Dance> in the Seoul Dance Collection. They have been consistently selected for projects supporting young promising choreographers, further solidifying their own style and direction. They have also been broadening their activity boundaries by getting involved in various projects such as collaborating with visual artists and working in art galleries. The Choi X Kang Project works actively inside and outside of Korea in recognition of Korean dance scene for its potential in the unique style.
Through the de-construction and modern interpretation of traditional stories and objects, Goblin Party attempts to re-connect audiences with nostalgic memories.
Founded in 2007, 고블린파티 Goblin Party has performed nationally and internationally using a traditional Korean monster goblin as its symbol.
As the company consists of artists who can both choreograph and dance, the choreographer or a leader may differ from piece to piece. Goblin Party places emphasis on communication and is interested in producing a performance that enhances the vision of the audience.
Noname Sosu plays cleverly with stage lighting this captivating performance invites you to view the body as an optical illusion and decipher what is reality.
Young-hyun Choi (born 1979) – known as Noname Sosu, is a Korean choreographer, dancer and based in Seoul. He graduated from the Department of Dance at Sung-Kyun-Kwan University and completed his M.A. at the Korea National University of Arts. In May 2011, he made his choreographic debut with the solo NOT I. This was followed by In the air (2012), Body Work (2015), WAVE (2016) and SILENTIUM (2016). He participated in the direction of a dance scene for the movie The Treacherous (2014).
The footage from the acts was very different in style and content. We created a theme that could run through a series of videos and unified them under the banner of the event. This was then refined to the specification of the KCCUK. Booking information, subtitles and supporting logos were included in the design.
The created content was used to advertise the event and was used in press and promotional material for all associated companies.
★★★★ “Universal beauty from South Korean dance company… Let’s hope it’s the first of many.”The Observer