2017 New Piece by Artistic Director Ahn Sungsoo
A festive ritual with the beauty of Korean dancers and human emotions.
A story from the ancient past to the far future through mixture, expansion, compression and refinement!
Rising composer Ra Yesong’s minimal music composed of Korean traditional instruments, and maximal dance woven closely by the second!
a delicate and natural movement across the past and present, a near-perfect essence of art of contemporary dance!
Korea National Contemporary Dance Company presents the first new piece by Artistic Director Ahn Sungsoo (born in 1962),
The work was motivated from witnessing the mixture of Islam and Spain cultures in Granada, Spain, in 2016. Marvelling at the encounter and mixture of two cultures reborn as a more splendid and beautiful one, the choreographer was immersed in the various ‘immixtures’ in history and culture; of Western culture and ancient Korean culture that had been spread far into Europe, of humans and the nature in the far past, and of the past and the present. Like the Spanish flamenco music and the dance of warriors like ‘haka’ of the Maori in New Zealand that men danced before departing for battles to protect their lands, various elements of immixture in human history and culture become motifs to tell the story from the far past to the far future. A rite is given not as a ritual for the dead but as a joyful festival, presenting the emotions of human affairs with the nature and humans, men and women, dance and music, in a compressed an refined way.
Director Ahn Sungsoo says that showing the beauty of Korean dancers dancing to the composed dance music with only Korean traditional instruments is the most important purpose of this piece. Through an infinite experiment of deconstruction and reconfiguration by laying out each and every movement without any separation of genre such as ballet, Korean dance, or Western dance, and newly creating appropriate combinations, Ahn Sungsoo briskly mixed not only external movements but also breaths and musical flows to create unique movements. In
Director Ahn Sungsoo wanted the music to be thoroughly consisted of traditional instruments, and composer Ra Yesong also insisted on using traditional instruments instead of the improved ones. Based on this common understanding, processes of choreography and composition were completely simultaneous. When music was produced, the choreographer went on to configure each movement scene. And Ra Yesong worked on the next piece with inspiration from the dancers practicing. Through such two-sided feedback, music and choreography elaborately completed themselves like the warp and weft of textiles, repeating the process of ‘fixing, changing, discarding and rewriting’ the notes and movements, music and dance. The minimal music arranged with gayageum, geomungo, daegeum, haegeum, piri and traditional percussions encounters the maximal dance woven by the second. On this stage, along with Choi Soojin (Ceder Lake Contemporary Ballet, New York / Dancing 9 Season 2, 3) and Seong Changyong (Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, MOMIX), selected through audition last January, Lee Yoonhee, Lee Yoojin, Kim Minjin, Seo Bokwon, Kim Sungwoo, Bae Hyoseob, Park Hwiyeon, Sohn Daemin, Jeong Yoonjung, and those who appeared in
- 2017 Reflection of Roses
- 2016 Immixture
- 2015 Swan of Tuonela
- 2014 2 in Two, Art of evolution, Tournament
- 2013 Altar
- 2012 Poise
- 2012 Double exposure
- 2010 Body Concerto
- 2009 Rose-the Rite of Spring, Mating Dance
- 2007 Outline
- Jinho Ko
- Seungbin Bae
- Yookyeong Lee
- Sangjin Hong
- Yejin Hong
- Composer & Music Director Ra Yesong
- Costume Design Minkyeong Seong
- Lighting Design Geonhyung Kim
- Sound Director Younghoon Oh
- Practice Director Joohee Lee