OPEN STAGE 2012-2013: Dance Beats of Korea

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OPEN STAGE 2012-2013: Dance Beats of Korea

Time: January 30, 2013 at 7pm to February 1, 2013 at 7pm
Location: Gallery Korea at Korean Cultural Service NY
Street: 460 Park Avenue, 6th Fl.
City/Town: New York
Website or Map: http://www.koreanculture.org
Phone: 212-759-9550 ext. 210
Event Type: performing, arts, free, performance
Organized By: KCSNY
Latest Activity: Jan 15, 2013

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Event Description

  The Korean Cultural Service NY presents “Dance Beats of Korea,” a three-part dance showcase, each slotted for the evenings of Jan 30, 31 and Feb 1 at the KCSNY’s Gallery Korea. A fascinating combination of the soulfully traditional and the dynamically modern, “Dance Beats of Korea” marks the KCSNY’s first event of the year.

 

  Open Stage 2012-2013 Theme 1 “Falling for Korean Music from Tradition to Fusion” was held in October last year where three musically oriented groups performed with great panache and public adulation. As such, expectations run high for “Dance Beats of Korea” to elicit similarly positive audience reception. The following delineates the upcoming three-night program:

 

Yoo & Dancers performs “Glass Ceiling”

Jan. 30, Wednesday, 7:00 pm

  Yoo & Dancers, a New York-based modern dance company founded in 2009 will give a finely tuned performance titled “Glass Ceiling.” In it dancers interact with space and with one another in a manner that seems to defy the laws of physics; they roam and turn and vault as if the gravitational pull had gone all but topsy-turvy. The deftly composed and executed choreography reflects the anguish Ms. Yoo experienced as she struggled to navigate various social hurdles besetting her life as an immigrant  and also as she grappled with more-personal woes and limitations. Ms. Yoo has danced with numerous dance corps including the Korean National Ballet, the California Ballet, the San Diego City Ballet, the Canberra Dance Theatre of Australia, the Kirov Ballet Company of Russia.

 

NARU Korean Contemporary Performing Arts performs “Movements in Time”

Jan. 31, Thursday, 7:00 pm

  NARU, founded in 2007 in NYC and boasting some remarkably versatile and youthful performing artists, will present “Movement in Time,” a two-part dance and music galore skillfully juxtaposing the traditional and the contemporary. The first half will be devoted to folk dance routines, emphasizing the four defining elements of traditional Korean dance – namely, han (grief/resentment), heung (excitement/mirth), mut (taste/elegance) and tae (figure/carriage). The following second half will then leaven such traditional repertoire with a distinctively modern flavor, hence demonstrating the limitless adaptability and continued relevance of traditional Korean dance.

 

The Song Hee Lee Dance Company performs “Tradition & Beyond”

Feb. 1, Friday, 7:00 pm

  The Song Hee Lee Dance Company will present “Tradition & Beyond.” It is a rich collaborative performance in which unique choreography that is equal measure folksy and modern, Korean and Western, is accompanied by ambient world music. An ensemble will play live and with no shortage of sound variety – from Korean string instruments gayageum and haegeum, to percussions, contrabass and electronic synthesizer.

 

Admissions to all the above concerts are free, but an RSVP is required. To reserve a seat, please visit the website of KCSNY at www.koreanculture.org.

 

If you have any questions regarding “Dance Beats of Korea” please contact Hyo Han (212-759-9550 ext. 210), or email performingarts@koreanculture.org.

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