The following two nights of the Festival consist of double bills. On 12 May Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake is transmogrified by the Ahn Soo Young Company into a cautionary tale about environmental destruction. The company does this through a blend of styles that includes hip hop and contemporary dance.
The second part of the evening offers the welcome opportunity to see the truly talented British dancer Dickson Mbi as part of a cast of three in Kyoung Shin Kim’s Ordinary Stranger – a mediation on memory and identity.
Finally, on 16 May, choreographer Lyon Eun Kwon presents a slice of pure Korean culture with Glory: his take on the Dong-A Dance Competition where the prize on offer is exemption from military service, which is otherwise compulsory for South Korean men.
The evening ends with a contrasting piece: the psychedelic art dance work Riverrun, a collaboration between choreographer Jinyeob Cha and The Hague/Seoul-based visual artist Vakki.
The Festival of Korean Dance is curated by The Place in collaboration with the Korean Cultural Centre.
|What||Festival of Korean Dance, The Place|
|Where||The Place, 17 Duke's Road, London, WC1H 9PY | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Euston Square (underground)|
09 May 18 – 16 May 18, 19:30 Dur. varies depending on date
|Price||£13-£17 (concessions available)|
|Website||Click here to book via The Place|