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Event news: 5100: Pentagon commemorates Gwangju in dance

As part of Block Universe, a week-long festival of performance art held in venues across London, a new work by Young In Hong is inspired by Gwangju.

5100: Pentagon

— Young In Hong
Sunday, 4 June 2017, 3pm, duration 15 minutes.
Sunday, 4 June 2017, 3.40pm, duration 15 minutes.
Courtyard, Royal Academy of Arts | Free and open to the public
UK premiere | Made possible with the support of Bath Spa University.

5100 Pentagon photo Stefan Altenburger

The choreographed movements for the UK premiere of 5100: Pentagon were inspired by collected archival images relating to the Gwangju uprising on 18 May 1980, and are set to an adapted version of the 1980s demonstration song, ‘A Song of May’. Each performance is constructed based on a web-tutorial accessed by anonymous groups of participants with no restrictions on age, gender and art experience. This project brings to light an unexplored period in history as an intensive moment, performed repetitively yet differently by voluntary participants in every new iteration.

5100: Pentagon is a project by Young In Hong in collaboration with choreographers Ann So-Hee Mannik Kristiansen and Sarah Louise Kristiansen.

Young In Hong (b. 1972) is based in London and Seoul and holds a PhD in Fine Art from Goldsmiths College London. Hong’s work has been shown in international venues such as ICA London, Gwangju Biennale, Plateau Museum, Seoul, Museum of Art and Design, New York, Saatchi Gallery and a special exhibition at Liverpool Biennale.

Image credit:  5100: Pentagon, Gwangju Biennale, 2014. © Stefan Altenburger


(automatically generated) Read LKL’s review of this event here.

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