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NATIONAL DANCE COMPANY OF KOREA

Yun Sung-Joo, Director

 

The National Dance Company of Korea, established in 1962, has been the national-flagship dance company and is committed not only to passing down traditional performing arts but also to recreating them into modern dance. The company has participated in various world festivals, and has presented the delicate and splendid beauty of Korean dance to audiences around the world. The National Dance Company of Korea has developed an extensive repertoire for about fifty years and retains outstanding dancers. Currently led by artistic director Yun Sung-joo, the troupe not only stages traditional dances but also transforms them into modern performances with a traditional spirit and focuses on creating Korea's most outstanding dance performances. The company is a permanent resident company of National Theater of Korea. National Theater of Korea produces and promotes company's repertoires at four different sizes of venues and overseas.

 

COMPAGNIE NATIONALE DE DANSE DE COREE

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THE SCENT OF INK

Premiere in Seoul the 6th December 2013

 

Choreographer : Yun Sung-joo

Staging : Jung Ku-ho

Interpreted by the National Dance Company of Korea 

Production : National Theatre of Korea

Length : 60 minutes

Piece for 25 dancers

 

 

National Theater of Korea proudly presents THE SCENT OF INK by National Dance Company of Korea and JUNG Ku-ho. It was premiered on the 6th December 2013 in Seoul. It will be remounted from the 1st June 2014. Featuring choreography by the National Dance Company's artistic director YUN Sung-joo, the SCENT OF INK expresses the refined spirit of Joseon Kingdom-era (1392- 1910) scholars. A reinterpretation on the 1993 "Dance of the Gentleman," by the late dancer/choreographer Choi Hyeon, the piece features a pure white background and dancers "paint" spatial designs with their bodies like an ink painting. It unfolds over six chapters that thematically express the "Four Noble Plants" featured in still-life works: bamboo, chrysanthemum, plum, and orchid. Unlike conventional hanbok dance costumes that wrap fluidly around dancers' bodies, Jung's designs only retain the silhouette of hanbok to create something much more modern and voluminous. Like the stage, white is the dominating color with only minimal splashes of black, gray, pink, yellow, and green. For the music, Jung chose to feature not only traditional instrumental sanjo music, but also a very subtle selection of Western percussion sounds.

 

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