Photo Flash: First Look at A Festival Of Korean Dance At The Place
BroadwayWorld has the exclusive look at Riverrun and Glory!
By 2030, Asia will contain 3 billion people with disposable income for leisure and culture - five times as many as the whole of Europe.
In 2017/18 the British Council, Arts Council England, Arts Council Korea and the Korean Cultural Centre UK collaborated to deliver a season of projects, developed through collaboration and cooperation between UK and Korean venues, festivals and artists.
This seminar will reflect on the successes and learning from this season, and will look forward to opportunities for UK artists and promoters to collaborate in Korea. There will be opportunities for networking and sharing ideas.
Representing the rich cultural exchange and collaboration between Korea and the UK, The Place is collaborating with the Korean Cultural Centre in London to present a festival featuring performances by five Korean dance companies. This a chance to experience the diversity of the Korean dance scene, from contemporary to hip hop, including the first-ever UK appearance by the Korean National Contemporary Dance Company.
Jin Yeob Cha X Vakki - riverrun: interface of the unstable body
The first word from James Joyce's notoriously difficult avant-garde novel Finnegan's Wake provides the title for dance and choreographer Jin Yeob Cha's spectacular solo. Against a psychedelic backdrop created by visual artist Vakki, Jin Yeob Cha explores new function and meaning through dynamic movements in this multi-dimensional performance.
Choreographed & Performed by Jin Yeob Cha
Visual Art Vakki
Sound Moon Yirang
Light Design Ik-Hyun Kim
Stage Manager Do-Yup Lee
Jin Yeob Cha is the artistic director of Collective A. Cha has worked with many international companies including Hofesh Shechter Company (UK), Galili Dance Company (Netherlands) and English National Opera productions (UK).
She received numerous awards, including 2014 Young Artist of the Year Award : Minister of Culture & Arts Merit Awards from the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism. She was commissioned as a choreography director of the Pyeong Chang 2018 Olympic Winter Games, choreographing the opening and closing ceremonies.
Vakki is an artist who explores various media ranging from graphic design, kinetic installation, video, to interactive media. She geometrically interprets the process of moving and creates objects in a given orbit, questioning the cycle of existence through kinetic work with graphics and motility.
Lyon Eun Kwon - Glory
In South Korea exceptional male dancers who win the illustrious Dong-A Dance Competition are rewarded with exemption from mandatory military service. Using humorous dance theatre award-winning choreographer Lyon Eun Kwon, draws on the male performer's personal experience and connects two connotations of glory - the one known through serving your country verses the one obtained through avoiding military service by winning a competition.
Choreography : Lyon Eun KWON
Dramaturg: Jae Lee KIM
Performer: Namkeun AN, Jimmy SERT, Sun Joo KIM, Sangcheul LEE
Sound: Jimmy SERT
Lighting: Sunghee YU
Lyon Eun Kwon, is a choreographer and dancer based in Seoul, Korea. She won The French Embassy Prize for Young Choreographer for The Skill for me at the 2014 Yokohama Dance Collection EX in Japan. Homo Knitiens was presented as a showcase format at Centre National de la Danse Paris and invited to Dance Cross, Yokohama and Seoul Performing Arts Festival (SPAF). Her latest piece Glory won the Third Prize and the Audience Prize Special Mention at the Danse Élargie in Paris, 2016.
Photo Credit: Roy Tan