A cross-cultural performance in Seoul seeks to boost contemporary Korean dance to the world.
The project is a collaboration between domestic dance troupes‚ and a jazz ensemble from Europe.
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East meets west or in this case‚ traditional dance from Korea meets classic jazz from Germany.
This is the idea behind ''Soul‚ Sunflower‚’’ a collaboration between the National Dance Company of Korea‚ and the five-member jazz band SaltaCello.
The National Theater of Korea in Seoul is holding the performance for three days.
These dancers use their art to express the inescapable sorrow of humans while the musicians stimulate the senses and emotions.
The two-act performance is a mix of a lyrical form of dancing‚ wit and dynamic movements‚ and also portrays human nostalgia.
The show's artistic director says she wants to break the stereotype that traditional Korean dance is boring.
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR: ''I wanted to find a way to make Korean dance far from making one drowsy. So I chose a music genre that the majority of the younger generation enjoys listening to. After seeing our performance‚ I'm sure that audiences will no longer find Korean dance hard to understand.''
The story is about the miserable life of a mother who loses her son.
DANCER: ''What's meaningful about 'Soul‚ Sunflower' is that the dancers including myself got a chance to work together on LIVE performances with Germany's SaltaCello. The show combines sadness‚ comedy and Korean customs.''
The theater says people should discover the new and contemporary version of traditional Korean dance calling it an experimental crossover performance.
LEADER OF SALTACELLO: 'I think Korean traditional music is so wonderful and you have a long tradition and when we came here and got to know your traditional music‚ for sure‚ we had a special approach to arrange your music. So we came here and found your music and made a new arrangement. With this dance theater together‚ it's helping to make Korean tradition more popular.''
Organizers say the show is part of their efforts to raise the reputation of modern Korean dance in the global arena.
Son Heekyung‚ Arirang News. Reporter : firstname.lastname@example.org