KNCDC communicates with the audience by offering performances that accommodate Korean context.
As the representative contemporary dance company of Korea, KNCDC works with creative artists to share and raise questions about experiences of the time, society, and daily lives. It is the goal of KNCDC to offer contemporary dance performances for everyone regardless of their classes, regions, and generations.
Established in 2010, KNCDC is the only National Contemporary Dance Company in Korea. Following the Artistic Director Hong Seung-yup and Ahn Ae-soon, Ahn Sungsoo has taken the office as the third Artistic Director of the Company.
An experiment for pluralizing perspectives: discover and expand the promising present
KNCDC is expanding specialized attempts through annual programming, in order to search for the stimulation and response of contemporary dance. While the company sought to reflect upon the present with the act of remembering along with a re-examination of the history of Korean contemporary dance through the theme of ‘Defining Contemporary Dance: Re-inventing the Past’ in 2014, it made the topic as pluralization of the perspectives upon the body and the world with‘Trans-perspective: Under, Between, Beyond’in 2015. It attempted the free transferring of perspectives and pluralized the ways of looking at social cultures and institutions with groundless imagination. In 2016, KNCDC seeks to expand into a new realm by promoting various artistic possibilities beyond limitations of genre and form in traditional music, calligraphy, contemporary art and music, with the theme of ‘connection and illocution’..
Artistic Themes and Missions for 2014
: Contemporary Perspective Emerging from the Past
Amidst ongoing review of Korean contemporary dance, KNCDC is gearing up for diverse forms of projects under the theme of ‘history and memory’, with a focus placed on historicity. It is primarily interested in recounting the impact of Western culture on, and introduction of modernity in, Korean creative dance, and examining suppression of Asian thoughts and customs underlying an aggressive drive of capitalization and modernization, and an ensuing contemporaneous return. This suggests that somewhat mythological and monistic values unwittingly manifest themselves everywhere. KNCDC ensures that past works and important moments are subject to scrutiny to rehash them from a contemporary point of view.
As part of such endeavors, it is preparing a new work incorporating contemporary values and inquiries rediscovered out of Korean materials and thoughts. It also pursues interdisciplinary programs and diverse other projects to look back over milestones, crucial works, and major artists in the history of Korean dance and art.