The documentary films, specially commissioned and filmed in September/ October 2020 in partnership with KAMS Korean Arts Management service, feature four of Korea’s most influential female contemporary choreographers, Yoon Jung Bae, Bora Kim, Jin Yeob Cha and Sung Im Her.
Korean Dance Now: Yoon Jung Bae, the hidden contributor to the K-pop craze offers a peek into the world of Yoon Jung Bae, the choreographer behind some of the high octane dance routines of K-pop's biggest bands. Known for its addictive melodies, slick choreography, and production values, K-pop has become a global phenomenon. Featuring rehearsal footage from the dance studio, clips from hit K-pop music videos, exclusive interviews with Bae, and an insight into her role as a pioneer for choreographer’s rights, this short film celebrates the talent behind the K-pop craze! (Launching 2 DEC)
Korean Dance Now: Jin Yeob Cha, an artist who crosses time and space follows one of South Korea's most celebrated dancers and choreographers. Jin Yeob Cha, founder and artistic director of Collective A, has been the director of choreography for the opening and closing ceremony of the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games and worked with numerous companies and choreographers internationally. Known for her boundary breaking style across art forms and technology, the documentary shows Cha preparing for a new online show as she challenges herself to create work for a new performance culture in the COVID era. (Launching 3 DEC)
Korean Dance Now: Sung Im Her will follow the South Korean choreographer who is based in London. Her acclaimed show Nutcrusher was performed at The Place in autumn 2019. This documentary shines a light on Sung Im Her's career to date using interviews, clips of performances, and behind-the-scenes footage. Following her on her latest project Percolate, created during the current Covid-19 pandemic in collaboration with photographer Rachel Cherry and Siobhan Davies Studio, viewers will observe the artistic process from idea to production, as well as gain an insight into how Sung Im Her juggles her professional and family life, and how all her roles are affected by the pandemic. (Launching 4 DEC)
Korean Dance Now: A documentary on Bora Kim’s unusual performance weaves together aspects of Bora Kim's life, giving an access-all-areas look at the choreographer's multi-faceted and rich personal and professional experiences, from rehearsals and teaching at Korea National University of Arts, to her feminist activism, and her marriage to Jaeduk Kim artistic director of Modern Table Dance Company. Through interviews and clips of her work, this documentary shows constant re-invention, as Bora Kim adapts her live performance Somoo into a digital form due to the pandemic, and follows the creation of her new online work The Body, Reset to Zero, which was presented at 2020 Sidance (Seoul International Dance Festival) on 6 November 2020. (Launching 5 DEC)
On 3 DEC, audiences will have the opportunity to watch the full-length dance show Beyond Black performed by Korea National Contemporary Dance Company, Korea’s pivotal national performing arts companies, and the country’s top production company of contemporary dance works. Beyond Black explores whether Artificial Intelligence (AI) will ever be able to reproduce the complexity and emotion of humans dancing. This 20 minute stage production has been beautifully filmed, capturing the immediacy of the live event and the intimacy that film can provide.
Beyond Black will be available to view until 17 DEC.
A selection of captivating dance films from Korean artists will launch on 4 DEC, each film describing its unique universe, by turns inquisitive; rigorous; moving; playful. From a gentle, quirky exploration of a Seoul neighbourhood to a dazzling sprint through a bunch of dance manuals, this programme of 7 short films offers a chance to step into real places and imagined worlds.
As part of A Festival of Korean Dance 2020, The Place and the Korean Cultural Centre are launching K Pop Together, a film project for young dancers in the UK and South Korea. Young dancers will learn K-pop dance moves with some of the industry’s top choreographers and dancers, and have a chance to submit their own moves to be part of a new dance film that will be launched globally in 2021. K-pop aka Korean Pop Music, has a worldwide fanbase and has become a truly global phenomenon, with leading groups BTS and Blackpink hitting the mainstream international music charts. Young people with a passion for dance can submit their application and become part of the global phenomenon.
More information about the Festival of Korean Dance 2020 Online Edition can be found here https://www.theplace.org.uk/whats-on/collections/festival-korean-dance-2020-online-edition