Audience engagement formats for "Bul-ssang"
Physical Introduction: 29.08. | 18:00-19:00 | Volksbühne
In ‘Bul-ssang’ the Korea National Contemporary Dance Company (KNCDC) brings on stage a complex, contemporary world of its artistic director, choreographer Ahn Aesoon. The title, Bulssang, is Korean word for pity, but it also refers to a Buddhist statue. Ahn portrays the multi-cultural and multi-faceted reality between East and West, between past and present as a highly contemporary mixture of symbols, signs and movement. Here, she combines her contemporary choreographic thinking with Korean traditional dance aesthetics, but she has also researched different movement styles such as Kathak, martial arts, traditional Korean Jindo Drum Dance or K-pop to create a truly contemporary movement vocabulary. The dancers embody this brilliantly moving with ease from urban dance to post-modern, blending acrobatic with everyday movement. The colorful stage design of Buddhist statues, plastic plates, and masks is an installation by Korean Pop/visual artist Choi Jeonghwa, and the company is joined by DJ Soulscape live on stage. As a result, ‘Bul-ssang’ is a visually rich blend of the sacred and profane, examining the contradictions and paradoxes in the mids of Korea's rapid modernization. The combination of dance, image, and sound illustrates the relentless transformation of contemporary existence and the search for identity, as envisioned by Ahn, who created this ground-breaking work in 2009. Ahn has been a leading figure of South Korean dance for several decades, after establishing her own company in 1985. She took over the artistic directorship of the Korea National Contemporary Dance Company in 2013, just three years after its founding. Special Presale Offer
Combine your visit of La Veronal and the Korea National Contemporary Dance Company on August 28 and 29 with a free of charge bus transfer inbetween the venues. Seats limited. Available here.
Premiere: LG Arts Center (2009)
Supported by Korean Culture and Information Service (KOCIS) and Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism (MCST)
In cooperation with Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz