The final performance in the 2020 Festival of Korean Dance:
Double Bill: Soo Hyun Hwang | Dance Project PPopKKi
Friday 5 June 2020, 7:30pm
The Place | 17 Duke’s Road | Euston | London WC1H 9PY
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Soo Hyun Hwang – Sense Of Black
With their eyes closed throughout the show, the performers in Sense of Black draw the audience into a world in which intricate movements and sounds are amplified.
Each performer uses the sound created by themselves as signals to coordinate the locations of oneself, the other performers, audience members, speakers, and microphones. This sound is connected as a score and delivered to the audience as vibrations that stimulates the auditory and tactile senses of the audience. At times the audience are put in darkness to help them imagine the movements of the performers; they can empathise with their states – perceiving and imagining. This induces for the audience a transference from the ‘sense of seeing’ to the ‘sense of moving’. In such transference of senses through a blackout for performers, the audience experiences a familiar yet strange sense, the Sense of Black.
Sense of Black won the 2019 Best Dance Prize awarded by The Korean Association of Dance Critics and Researchers.
About Soo Hyun Hwang
Soo Hyun Hwang has an interest in the ‘future of senses’ in performing arts. Her works focus on the privileged status and potentials of the body. She explores the mechanism between the ‘act of seeing’ and the ‘act of moving’, connects it to how the experience of watching performances operates, and develops it into her pieces. Soo Hyun has explored the correlation of emotions and senses as physical phenomena in her performance series Crying Works, with tears as the subject matter, and continued to work with this theme, expanding it to the area of physical empathy with others.
Dance Project PPopKKi – One Seventy-Fifth Second
Yun Jung Lee’s compelling work for Dance Project PPopKKi sees three dancers create tension as they flit between finding a moment of balance and risking collapse.
One-Seventy Fifth Second is a unit of time defined as the shortest possible moment in time in Buddhist term, a split-second. One-Seventy Fifth Second explores the moment when the balance is achieved and attempts to find out whether the balance disappears at the moment of collapsing. In this work, daily patterns are broken into small pieces as if in slow motion in order to explore the moments of finding balance amongst the fast pace of life.
One-Seventy Fifth Second won the Dance of the Year award at the 2017 Dream & Vision Awards hosted by the Korea Modern Dance Association. In 2017, One-Seventy Fifth Second was invited to the Seoul Performing Arts Festival.
“Thinking of the movement between the moment of collapsing and rising. This bold way of thinking that they have created together is in itself a homage to our lives.” – The Performing Arts & Film Review, Spring 2016
About Dance Project PPopKKi
Independent choreographer Yun Jung Lee founded the Dance Project PPopKKi in 2012. Yun Jung Lee is interested in raising questions about ‘in-betweenness’ between body and space, between body and time as well as between bodies.