The second of three performances forming a festival of Korean dance at The Place:
Double Bill: Kyoung-Shin Kim – Ordinary Stranger / Ahn Sooyoung Company – Swan Lake
KR + UK: Kyoung-Shin Kim + Saju Hari + Dickson Mbi: Ordinary Stranger
In Kyoung-Shin Kim’s Ordinary Stranger three performers meet on stage and share memories of their different backgrounds and cultures through intense movement. A whole new story emerges as personal narratives evolve and combine to create a shared moment in the present.
Concept & ChoreographyKyoung-Shin Kim
Choreography in Collaboration & Dance Kyoung-Shin Kim, Dickson Mbi, Saju Hari
Music Eric Linder
Lighting Design Chol-hee Kim
Relighting Lucy Hansom
Costume In-sook Choi
Photo Woon-shik Lee
Video Joon-ho Uhm, Artstrust Productions
Management, Administration Jisoo Gook
UK Producer Martin Collins
About Kyoung-Shin Kim
The movement style of Kyoung-Shin Kim is highly subjective in expressing the meaning of choreography, but the shape and texture of his movements are sufficient to form rapport with the audience. His choreography focuses on simplifying various ideas on the theme, and has the advantage of embodying the process.
About Saju Hari
Saju Hari’s starting point in movement was south Indian martials arts Kalarippayattu. His choreography and movement style incorporates the attack of martial arts and the tenderness and complexity of contemporary dance and south Asian dance forms.
About Dickson Mbi
As an artist, choreographer and dancer, Dickson Mbi is an amalgamation of strength and raw spirit but yet elegant and vulnerable in the delivery of his work.
Ahn Sooyoung Company: Swan Lake
Hip-hop, popping, breaking and contemporary dance are driven by Tchaikovsky’s powerful score in Ahn Sooyoung’s re-imagining of the ballet masterpiece. Focusing on the plight of the tormented swans whose environments are threatened by modern society this unique adaptation is like no other before. Ahn Soo Young’s Swan Lake received the Grand Prix at the 2012 Seoul International Choreography Festival.
About Sooyoung Ahn
Sooyoung Ahn began dancing in 1997 as a street dancer, and after attending the dance programs at Hansung University and Sejong University, he made his debut in 2007 as a contemporary dance choreographer with his piece Choice of Eve. In 2011, Ahn presented his work Swan Lake, which received the Grand Prix at the 2012 Seoul International Choreography Festival.
The Ahn Sooyoung Company has been actively performing in Korea as well as abroad, and was selected by forty critics to be featured in Germany’s Dance for You Magazine. Ahn’s dancing has been reviewed to be “delectable”, “exciting”, and “refreshing”, and Ahn has thus coined the nickname of Charlie Chaplin in the Korean dance scene.
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