This month, head to The Place in London for A Festival of Korean Dance with captivating and intense performances from contemporary dance company SIGA.
The festival will introduce you to the talents of this up-and-coming dance company as they present a world premiere and double bill of work. Opening with Sung Im Her’s W.A.Y (RE-WORK) on the 17th and 18th September, the festival will showcase the rich Korean dance scene. Partnering with the Korean Cultural Centre UK and the Korea Arts Management Service, the festival is a great way to discover contemporary dance.
Dance performances exploring balance and belonging
It’s a festival of parallels and opposites, with the pieces exploring balance, individuality and belonging, and the physical limits of the human body. In W.A.Y (RE-WORK), explore the tension between the need for individuality and the longing to be part of something bigger than ourselves. Uncompromisingly intense, for both you and the dancers, the work cycles through a myriad of psychological and social geometries. It illustrates our uncertainty and fear, but also joy and sense of growth when addressing this tension in our lives. The piece is by Sung Im Her, a London-based Korean choreographer who draws experience from living in Korea, Belgium and the UK.
Following this is a dance double bill featuring duet Equilibrium and the beautifully crafted ZERO. Equilibrium plays on the ideas of balance. Company SIGA performers express their evolved selves in relation to nature and the human persona that have gone through infinite cycles of equilibrium and chaos. Whilst in Zero, they showcase the ecstasy of moving towards a higher level of freedom; exceeding physical limitations, before returning back to ‘zero’.
Company SIGA’s name comes from the combination of two Korean words. 시나브로 or sinabro, which means ‘little by little’. And 가슴에 or gaseume, which means ‘into the heart’. The company practice a democratic working style, putting the movements and thoughts of all members together into one complete piece of art. Company SIGA keep ’Speed’, ‘Basic’ and ‘Body’ as the main three keywords of their group dance pieces, creating natural pace and flow.
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When: 17th – 24th September 2021
Where: The Place, 17 Duke’s Road, London WC1H 9PY
£: Tickets cost £17 or £13 for concessions
More info: www.theplace.org.uk