The Second Annual Korean Culture Week at the Kennedy Center
The Korean Cultural Center Washington, D.C. is proud to present the Second Annual Korean Culture Week at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, November 7-9, 2017. This three-day event will take American audiences on a journey spanning ancient Korean folk culture to the dynamic contemporary arts of today, through a diversity of richly textured live performances.
Tuesday – Wednesday, November 7 – 8 at 6:00 p.m. daily
Millennium Stage at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
2700 F St NW, Washington, DC 20566
Thursday, November 9 at 7:30 p.m.
Terrace Theater at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Kennedy Center: www.kennedy-center.org or 202-467-4600
Tuesday, November 7 at 6:00 p.m.
Balance & Imbalance and Bow Control by the Bereishit Dance Company
Contemporary Dance Performance
The acclaimed Seoul-based Bereishit Dance Company approaches Korean traditional culture from a contemporary view: keeping the fundamental value of things, as opposed to simply borrowing or transforming them. Balance and Imbalance juxtaposes the dancers alongside drummers and singers of the traditional Korean vocal storytelling genre pansori, while sport meets dance in the rigorous male duet Bow Control, inspired by the Korean tradition of archery.
The company is known to display an amazing sensitivity towards space and rhythm, offering performances delivered with kinesthetic clarity and power. Bereishit Dance Company has extensively toured internationally including shows at at the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival and Dance Salad Festival in Houston.
Wednesday, November 8 at 6:00 p.m.
World Music Ensemble E-do
Traditional and Modern Korean Music Performance
World Music Ensemble E-Do is an ensemble of six talented musicians who combine traditional and contemporary rhythms with consummate ease. The group’s name comes from the first name of King Sejong the Great, a towering figure during Korea’s ancient Joseon Dynasty. The philosophical background for E-Do’s music is to create music for the modern era that can be enjoyed by all and to share it freely in Korea and beyond.
E-Do presents audiences with the traditions of Korean traditional music, known as gugak, as well as modern Korean music, along with an engaging mix of traditional and modern instruments, highlighting the beauty and balance of traditional Korean music. The group’s works include original songs based on traditional music as well as fresh interpretations of traditional repertoires.
Thursday, November 9 at 7:30 p.m.
Modern Ballet Work By the Kim Yong-geol Dance Theater
Contemporary Ballet Performance
In the modern ballet Work, the celebrated Kim Yong-geol Dance Theater turns traditional ballet on its head by deconstructing its fundamentals and recreating the art form as a thoroughly modern physical, visual, and auditory experience for today’s audiences. As iconic ballet practice bars are dragged into the rafters, clanging with sound, dancers practice and perform to live music and dramatic lighting that reveal the core emotion of ballet’s physical language. As is often the case in modern Korean arts, this performance also offers a two-way interaction. Live music is performed to the sensitive movements of dancers, with both artists feeling the piece together and exuding a natural synergy. Details HERE.