A Slice of Korea Now!
By Timothy Wee
March 22, 2013
NUS Arts Festival is proud to present audience with a slice of Korea’s contemporary dance with Korea Now: Rest and Modern Feeling. Created by award winning choreographers, Lee Jae Young and Lee Insoo, the double bill promises to be a platform for them to showcase Korean dance’s global relevance.
After winning the ‘Best Work’ title at 2009 Seoul Dance Competition, choreographer Lee Jae Young premiered his latest offering, Rest in 2011. Described as an unconventional contemporary dance narrative, it has a dynamic focus on the relentless quest for relaxation.
Photo courtesy of Jaehoon Lee
Lee cites the elements of a fast paced basketball game as the inspiration behind Rest’s choreography. Like in basketball, the piece utilizes a range of small precise gestures to highlight the dancers’ strenuous yet fluid movements. Finally, Lee uses the pulsating drum and bass track, La Del Ruso to replicate the feel of a basketball game.
Photos courtesy of Jaehoon Lee
Premiering in 2008, Modern Feeling has over 50 performances under its belt. It has captured the hearts of worldwide audiences while taking home the Gold medal and Popularity Award in the 2011 International Ballet and Choreography Competition. Artistic director, Lee Insoo promises to draw on his diverse dance background to deliver an intense dance experience that accentuates strength and precision.
Photos courtesy of Park Sangyoun
Taking inspiration from hip hop, marital arts and acrobatics, Modern Feeling examines the inner workings of an intimate modern relationship. It focuses on universal human emotions and serves a testament to the unique bond between the two dancers.
Photo courtesy of Park Sangyoun
Korea Now: Rest & Modern Feeling
21 and 22 March (Thursday and Friday), 8 pm
NUS UCC Theater
Tickets: $29 and $23
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