Dance

Coming next week to The Place, a UK-Korean dance collaboration reworks Shakespeare. After the Friday performance there will be an informal chat with the company. Rosalind A Shakespearean Heroine. A Modern World. The Place | 17 Duke’s Road | London WC1H 9PY | www.theplace.org.uk Wed 15 – Sat 18 March 2017, 8pm £18 (£12 concessions) […]

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Enrol now: Korean Cultural Classes starting January 2017

by Philip Gowman 15 January 2017
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For the first season of Korean cultural courses of 2017 the KCCUK is entering into a partnership with Kingston Adult Education. Courses will be held in the King Charles Centre, Hollyfield Road, Surbiton KT5 9AL. This term, dance and cuisine are added to the list of things you can learn. All four courses have ten […]

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K-music review: Darkness Poomba at The Place, Euston

by Philip Gowman 22 December 2016
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For the final event of K-Music 2016 we were introduced to the first UK visit of Modern Table headed by the multi-talented Kim Jae-duk, who choreographed the work as well as being an integral member of the dance troupe, though much of the time he was also front of stage singing or playing various wind […]

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Gangnam Style remembered on Strictly

by Philip Gowman 14 November 2016
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Thanks to would-be Labour finance minister Ed Balls for brightening up our dull Autumn on the BBC’s celebrity talent show Strictly Come Dancing. Consistently at the bottom of the scoreboard, he is saved by the popular vote. In the most recent episode he had the guts to do a Gangnam Style inspired Salsa, choreographed (with […]

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Review: Bongsu Park’s Crossing Over – Ritual of Grief

by Philip Gowman 14 November 2016
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Bongsu Park’s two-part work, Crossing Over – Ritual of Grief, is an ambitious piece lasting for almost two hours which saw its first performance spread over two weekends in two different locations during August. It blends contemporary electronic music with traditional Korean music, and contemporary dance with traditional Korean dance such as Salpuri. Appropriately enough […]

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Event news: DGC K-pop dance show #10

by Philip Gowman 4 October 2016
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DGC Dance run weekly K-pop dance classes at Fitness First venues in the City and put on a big show every 6 months or so. Coming up this Sunday, their 10th such show. Looks fun. DATE: Sunday 9th October 2016, 2pm – 5.30pm Doors open 2pm. Show starts 2.30pm VENUE: Stratford Circus Arts Centre (C1 […]

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Event news: K-music 2016 — Modern Table present Darkness Poomba, 24-25 Oct

by Philip Gowman 2 August 2016
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The final performance of K-music 2016 blends contemporary dance with traditional song and rock music. Modern Table present Darkness Poomba Monday 24 & Tuesday 25 October | 8.00pm The Place | 17 Duke’s Road | London WC1H 9PY £16 (plus concessions) + Booking fee | Book here Choreographer Kim Jae-Duk and his group of dancer/musicians […]

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Event news: Bongsu Park Crossing Over — Ritual of Grief

by Philip Gowman 31 July 2016
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A two-part performance on successive Saturday afternoons in August: Crossing Over – Ritual of Grief 13 & 20 Aug 2016, 4pm-5pm Free, donations welcome. Registration details below. Live – performance Bongsu Park + Kyung Mi Huh Seong Jun Heo Hyo Been Eom Amit Sharma Marc Stevenson Letitia Wilkinson Laura Lorenzi [PART I] Crossing Over – […]

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Event news: A feast of Traditional Korean Dance

by Philip Gowman 28 February 2016
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Notice of a dance performance coming to the KCCUK in March: Globalisation of Traditional Korea Culture 2016 Feast of Traditional Korean Dance Date/Time: Tuesday 22 March, 7pm Venue: Multi-Purpose Hall, Korean Cultural Centre Performers: Seojung Dance Running Time: 70 mins Free Admission but booking is essential. RSVP to info@kccuk.org.uk or 020 7004 2600 The Korean […]

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Review: Kingston Welcomes Korea performances at the Rose Theatre

by Philip Gowman 14 September 2015
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Kingston Welcomes Korea is hopefully the first of several annual events at which Kingston will seek to welcome various foreign communities in a festival that combines cultural and business interaction. Korea was the obvious first choice to be welcomed in this way, given that ethnic Koreans represent around 10% of the borough’s population, and also given […]

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KWK Performance: YMAP – Alice in Wonderland, 7-8 Aug

by Philip Gowman 28 June 2015
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YMAP’s version of Madame Freedom featured in the Edinburgh International Festival 2013, and it’s going to be interesting to see how they re-interpret Alice. YMAP: Alice in Wonderland Friday, August 7 and Saturday, August 8, at 7.30 Rose Theatre | 24-26 High St | Kingston upon Thames KT1 1HL running time 70mins Tickets from £10 […]

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KWK Performance: The Stem, the Bud, the Bloom and the Seed, 4-5 Aug

by Philip Gowman 28 June 2015
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This is the KWK performance we’re looking forward to most of all. We’re big admirers of musician / composter / conductor Won Il from his work with Puri, Baramgot, and the National Orchestra of Korea, and our 2013 interview with him can be found here. He is coming over to Kingston two weeks early to […]

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KWK Performance: In Nam Soon, 30-31 July

by Philip Gowman 28 June 2015
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Kingston Welcomes Korea kicks off with an opening gala performance on 30 July: In Nam-soon and Company Thursday July 30 at 8pm, Friday July 31 at 7.30pm Rose Theatre | 24-26 High St | Kingston upon Thames KT1 1HL Running time 90 mins Tickets are £10-50 Plus £1.60 transaction fee for Gala evening on 30th […]

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침묵 Silence, A Day at the Temple — at Asia House

by Philip Gowman 20 June 2015
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An interesting day of dance, tea and meditation at Asia House: 침묵 Silence, A Day at the Temple Monday 13 July 2015, 12:00 – 8:30pm Asia House | 63 New Cavendish Street | London W1G 7LP Admission free but registration required: register here. Join us to recreate a day in a temple with performances by […]

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2015 Travel Diary day 9: Yeongsanjae and Seodaemun

by Philip Gowman 6 June 2015
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Myeongdong, Seoul, Saturday 6 June Bongwonsa temple and the Yeongsanjae rituals Today is the second UNESCO-listed item of intangible cultural heritage of my brief stay. I am tagging along with a small group of American summer students who are getting course credits by having a whale of a time in Seoul. How this works from an […]

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Royal Ballet dancer featured in Chosun Ilbo

by Philip Gowman 26 April 2015
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There’s a nice feature on Choe Yu-hui, a soloist with the Royal Ballet, in the Chosun Ilbo. Born in Fukuoka, Japan, to a Korean family, Choe grew up in a pro-North Korean environment. Only 12 years ago did she change her nationality from North to South Korea. (Via Adam Cathcart) Links: From Korean Outsider in […]

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DPRK Youth Para-Ensemble concerts in London, Oxford and Cambridge

by Philip Gowman 7 February 2015
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Up to a dozen disabled children and teenagers from North Korea will tour venues in the South East and Paris later this month. The programme of music and dance will include numbers from Phantom of the Opera on the accordion and the gayageum and scenes from Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. A version of […]

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