Choreographed by Aesoon Ahn
7 dancers (with live traditional Korean music, 5 persons)
Stage 10m × 10m, 100 min
Date | December 8–15, 2013
Place | Jayu Theater, Seoul Arts Center
Starting with a fundamental question, i.e. ‘what is modern dance?’, this work looks at various phenomena of dance, including traditional, ballet, hip hop, and contemporary dance, from the perspective of ‘here and now.’ Thus, it explores the essence of modern dance or contemporaneity. A judgment that this process requires something more than dance necessitates direct lectures by dancers on their own performance. On the border of dance and non-dance, an inquiry is made into the intrinsic nature of dance, which expands to a bolder ‘cross-cut’ approach. The primary plan of the work is to mobilize contemporary dancers who are not considered modern dancers on stage along with modern dancers, but not to determine what they will say in advance. Accordingly, the dramatic framework of this performance is built on the basis of individual interviews with the dancers, with impromptu speeches made during rehearsal giving it substance. This makes their words their own stories, which nonetheless may be excessive gestures by the dancers who feel awkward at speaking. Despite such difficulty, the performance stages secret private stories, divergent understandings of body and motions, and genre-specific institutional problems.
Choreographed by Idit Herman
Stage 15m × 15m, 70 min
Date | November 22.24, 2013
Place | CJ Towol Theater, Seoul Arts Center
Duration | 70 minutes (No Intermission)
As part of the 2013 foreign choreographer invitation project,
this work represents collaboration between Idit Herman, an Israeli choreographer, and nine Korean dancers and some production staff. Dramatic characters and scenes elicited from personal experiences of the dancers mingle with features of Korean pop culture researched by the choreographer, leading to a physical theatre approach. This work depicts, through black humor and sub-culture sentimentality, the hollowness of rapidly changing, affluent modern society, and it raises questions as to the purposes and values of our lives that seem to have vanished into thin air. On the basis of trash art, it utilizes everyday things such as coins, high heels, and instant noodles as stage props in order to express modern society's obsession with speed and mammonistic desires.