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Mon 24 April

Kontemporary Korea - Korea National Contemporary Dance Company

Mechanism & Everything Falls Dramatic

Two dramatic, punchy works from new-generation Korean talent.

On a bright white stage six dancers build up an intense pattern of intricate synchronised movement. Sometimes appearing like parts of a machine, sometimes like members of a tribe and sometimes as pure individuals, Mechanism plays with how we see the human and our interaction. The pulsating rhythmic score by MC Bluechan builds up the tension, growing in intensity to propel Mechanism’s club-like joyous finale. Mechanism is choreographed by leading choreographer Lee Jaeyong, a founder members of the SIGA Dance collective (also performing in The Aldridge Studio on 6 May).

When things fall, do they disappear? Is falling death? Everything Falls Dramatic by Her Sungim offers a powerful and emotional meditation on our sense of fragility, resilience, loneliness and solidarity. Six dancers move sinuously through contrasting scenes of free and casual abandon, defiant energy or loving care. Everything Falls Dramatic features a dramatic set design and a richly layered soundscore by electro-acoustic duo HuskHusk. Everything Falls Dramatic features the choreographer Her Sungim, renowned in Europe as a performer with companies like Ballet C de la B and Needcompany.

Established in 2010, the Korea National Contemporary Dance Company is Korea’s only national repertoire company commissioning new works from a range of Korean and international contemporary choreographers. They have toured worldwide.

The performance of Korea National Contemporary Dance Company is part of the Festival Of Korean Dance 2023, supported by Korean Cultural Centre UK and Korea Arts Management, produced in partnership with The Place, Warwick Arts Centre, South East Dance and The Lowry.