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Burnt Offering from 99Artcompany

Returns to The Place, London for a seventh year!

With shows that take in the joys of soaring, that explore the impact of social media, and that focus on presenting traditional Asian values and stories in contemporary ways, A Festival of Korean Dance will return to The Place for its seventh year, and for the first time will tour to Scotland. In addition to performing at Tramway, Glasgow,16 May, Korean Cultural Centre UK will continue its partnership with The Lowry, and are delighted to bring the Festival to Pavilion Dance South East and Dance City, Newcastle with the support of the Korea Arts Management Service. This year, audience favourite Sung Im Her will once again present new work, and Ae-Soon Ahn, former Artistic Director of Korea National Contemporary Dance Company (KNCDC) will be making her UK debut.

Kontemporary Korea: A Double Bill: 22 May K:Dance: Flight and Tomorrowisnowtodayisyesterday

Tomorrowisnowtodayisyesterday by Sung Im Her looks at the impact of (social) media: the oversharing, over-saturation, the ‘entertaining content’, the conspiracy theories, confusion and anxiety. Three dancers perform to a club-like soundtrack composed by music duo Husk Husk. Flight by Melancholy Dance Company aims to express the human desire to soar towards goals through leaps and falls. This virtuosic duet portrays the process of overcoming the limits of human capability, which one cannot conquer alone, through a complete flight shared by two individuals. (Also at Tramway 16 May, Dance City 18 May, and Pavilion Dance South West 24 May)

Burnt Offering: 25th May 7.30pm

Burnt Offering from 99Artcompany,  invites us to consider what new rituals we need, what we might pray for, and how we can draw on the traditions of the past. Dancers are caught up in repetitive daily routines, their life burning away without meaning, but when they look up, clouds of incense float into the air, and a dance commences which burns with a noble spirit.

Cheok: 31st May 7.30pm

Cheok by Ae-Soon Ahn uses the Korean word, which is a traditional Asian standard of measurement meaning ‘span of the hand’, to explore personal and individual measurement. Six dancers perform in a rich and sensuous landscape of light, video, sound, and movement, to create new connections that rediscover traditional Asian values. Ae-Soon Ahn was formerly the Artistic Director of Korea’s premier company Korea National Contemporary Dance Company. (Also at the Lowry 3 – 4 June)

A Festival of Korean Dance:  22, 25 & 31 May

Venue: The Place, 17 Duke’s Rd, London, WC1H 9PY

Tickets: Home | The Place