Andersen’s Gazes – a dance collaboration as part of Seoul in the City

This should be an entertaining and rewarding contribution to the Seoul in the City programme of the City of London Festival: a collaboration between a leading Korean dance company and artist Mari Kim. Mari Kim’s pop art is sometimes to be seen at the Albemarle Gallery, and it will be interesting to see how it works on stage. She has a background in design and animation. Expect big, bold colours complementing the dancers’ movements.

Some of her work features themes from fairy tales, so she is an ideal partner on a project which focuses on one of the West’s favourite storytellers. She has also collaborated with K-pop girl band 2NE1 – so this evening should appeal to a wide range of tastes.

Andersen’s Gazes

A collaboration between LEE KYUNG-OK DANCE COMPANY and pop artist Mari Kim
Saturday 28 June 2014 7.30pm
Mermaid Theatre
Puddle Dock | Blackfriars | London | EC4V 3DB | www.the-mermaid.co.uk
Book tickets here

Andersons Gazes 1

The second of the Andersen series by Lee Kyung-ok dance company tells the story of Hans Christian Andersen’s life through his tales. Hans Christian Andersen, famed Danish writer of plays, travelogues, novels, and poems, is best remembered for his fairy-tales which have become a strong part of Western European culture. His stories, which include The Little Mermaid, The Ugly Duckling, and The Emperor’s New Clothes, express themes that transcend age and nationality. His stories have inspired plays, ballets, and both live-action and animated films, and now the Korean company of Lee Kyung-ok will explore these tales through contemporary dance – exploring man’s multiplicity through Andersen’s stories, and through his unique gaze.

Andersons Gazes 2

Lee Kyung-Ok Dance Company

Since its foundation in 1996, Lee Kyung-ok Dance Company has been loved from the public and critics giving them the idea that ‘Dance is easy to understand and it is fun’ through the series of ‘Dance fairy tales for adults’ such as The Lone Shoe, Janghwa and Hongryeon – Vengeance of the Two Sisters, Chunhyang’s Love Game and The Seesaw Game of Foolish Ondal and Princess Pyeonggang. Furthermore, it has been produced many art works which help the public understand intention of the choreographer clearly and easily as well as enjoying the performances based on ‘Play and amusement spirit’ the origin sprit of Korean traditional dance. As a result, in 2005 it obtained ‘art award of the year’ administered by the arts council Korea, and in 2008 it was selected for ‘ARCO intensive grant in performing arts’ and had been subsidized its creative art works for three years. Now it is planning to spread its reputation to worldwide gearing up with WILLICH invitation performance on upcoming November, and it has been already invited to perform in Suzanne Dellal Center for Dance and Theatre and Montegro Festival in 2010. And it received the grand prize ‘2012 Dance Korea Awards’ in 2012.

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