The annual Festival of Korean Dance will be returning to The Place for its sixth year in April, and for the first time tours shows nationally to venues in Salford, Coventry and Brighton.

Five companies will be performing in the festival in a series of three programmes of work, with returning favourites including Korea National Contemporary Dance Company – who headlined the very first festival – choreographer Sung Im Her, Art Project BORA and Company SIGA. The Place, Korean Cultural Centre UK and the Korea Arts Management Service are delighted to add The Lowry, Warwick Arts Centre and South East Dance to their continuing partnership.

Opening the festival at The Lowry (24 April) , Korea National Contemporary Dance Company will present a new double bill of work, each featuring six dancers: Mechanism by Jaeyoung Lee and Everything Falls Dramatic by Sung Im Her. Jaeyoung Lee’s new work plays with our understanding of what ‘human interaction’ means through a rhythmic score and an intense pattern or intricate synchronised movement.

Meanwhile, the new work from Korean trained, London-based Sung Im Her is a meditation on fragility, resilience, loneliness and solidarity. Following the 2021 Festival’s W.A.Y. (Rework), she is once again collaborating with Belgian composer Husk Husk.

Eddie Nixon, Artistic Director of The Place said, “We are delighted to be working with our friends at The Lowry, Warwick Arts Centre & The Dance Space to share these exceptional shows from Korea with more people across the UK. Thanks to our partnership with Korean Cultural Centre UK and the Korea Arts Management Service we are now in our sixth year of profiling Korean dance in London and it continues to be a pleasure to showcase such eclectic and innovative work – we can’t wait for this year’s programme.”

Sungeun Kim, Interim Director of the Korean Cultural Centre UK, said “This year, we are delighted to mark the 140th anniversary of friendship between the UK and Korea and continue to host the Korean dance festival for 6 years in partnership with The Place and Korea Arts Management Service. We believe that the festival has contributed to the enhancement of cultural diversity and exchange between the two countries. To reach out to more UK audiences, we have launched a UK tour this year and we are delighted to have The Lowry, Warwick Arts Centre and The Dance Space on board.”

Young Ho Moon, President of the Korea Arts Management Service, said “We congratulate A Festival of Korean Dance as they begin their 6th year in the capital and embark upon a stunning new national tour. It has been a pleasure working with the festival and helping them to bring so many talented artists to the attention of UK audiences including Art Project BORA, Company SIGA, and the Choi X Kang Project who were selected by the Performing Arts Market in Seoul(PAMS) last year. We look forward to continuing to work with the Place and the Korean Cultural Centre UK on the festival.”


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