National Dance Company of Korea
Since adopting the season system in 2012, National Dance Company of Korea (Artistic director: Kim Sang-deok) has been providing yearly programs such as “Restoration of old repertoire and development of new works (2012-13 season),” “Pursuit of contemporariness of Korean dance (2013-14 season),” “Global penetration of Korean contemporary dance (2014-15 season),” “Development of artistic works through global penetration and cooperation (2015-16 season),” and “Presentation of status quo of National Dance Company of Korea (2016-17 season).”
In the 2017-18 season, the company challenges the previous concepts and views toward traditions. The season starts with ‘Chunsang (Image of Youth).’ ‘Chunsang’ is a new performance which reinterpreted ‘Chum, Chunhang (2002)’ of Bae Jeong-hye, one of the most talented choreographer of Korean dance, and is directed by Jeong Gu-ho, the magician of Mise-en-Scène, that gives birth to a new story of Chunghyang. ‘Man-Made’ by Shin Chang-ho, the choreographer with great presence in the modern dance scene is also a piece that is highly anticipated. Moreover, there will a new project called ‘Next Step’ in the 2017-18 season.
Dancers of National Dance Company of Korea who have constantly been finding ways to modernize Korean dance through diverse experiments will make another attempt to reinterpret traditional repertoire in their own way. ‘Mukhyang (Scent of Ink)’ and ‘Hyangyeon (The Banquet)’, the representative shows of the company that defied the prejudice that dance performances are boring will also be offered in the new season. The team plans to perform not just in Seoul, but also in Ulsan, Daejeon and even Ho Chi Minh City of Vietnam to greet more audience. José Montalvo’s ‘SHIGANÈ NAÏ,’ which premiered in 2016, will meet French fans once more as it is invited as the opening show of 2017-18 season of Maison des arts et de la culture Créteil in France.