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OnStage Korea: 3rd Showcase of the 2019 Season

Chaos & Liar
Choe Contemporary Dance Company

Sunday, August 18, 2019 at 7:30 P.M.
Family Theater at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
2700 F St NW, Washington, DC 20566


Thanks for your interest! Due to a strong response, this event is currently full and we are no longer accept additional RSVPs. We appreciate your understanding. We will try to accommodate any walk-in guests, but cannot guarantee admission or seating. Hope to see you soon at our future events. Many thanks!

NOTE: This performance is ages 13 and up only due to adult content including partial nudity. 
For mature audiences. Thank you for your understanding.

 Email: Culturedc@mofa.go.kr 
Call: 202-797-6343

OnStage Korea’s third showcase of the 2019 season presents the Choe Contemporary Dance Company as they perform Chaos and Liar, two original works that explore the impact of our rapidly changing modern society on individuals as they seek answers to fundamental questions. 

Choe Contemporary Dance Company’s integration of multimedia, technology, and powerful choreography has earned the company a reputation as one of Korea's most creative performing arts troupes. Chaos and Liar are two classic examples that also tackle contemporary issues people face today: the impact of a fast-paced modern society on individuals and the prevalence of deception that comes with advanced technology. In speaking to these issues, Choe Contemporary Dance Company embraces and integrates the very things that have transformed life in the modern era: speed, complexity, and technology. The result is two unique performances that offer not only aesthetic and forceful dance but also a clear message about the world around us and how individuals can survive and thrive. 

 Choreography by Sang-Cheul Choe

Part I presents the company’s original work Chaos, an exploration of human existence in an increasingly divided world. Opposing forces such as left and right, in and out, black and white, right and wrong, and equality and inequality are ever present in our rapidly changing modern society. This dynamic dance performance depicts the life journey of humans who are often deceived and pulled in these opposing directions as they seek answers to fundamental questions. Chaos reveals the process by which people seek order in a strange world beyond reality. Abstract beings are highlighted in red light as a solo dancer transcends the chaos to create order amid disorder. Chaos is choreographed by company founder Sang-Cheul Choe.


 Choreography by Jung-Hoon Kim

Part II features the complementary dance work Liar, a critique of our modern society in which people's lives are characterized by deception, and those who deceive are themselves deceived. As individuals, we experience truths that are different from what we see and hear with our eyes and ears; we experience constant lies and often view human conflict and division through the lens of unreasonable deceit. This dance work expresses the soul of youth, especially those who have experienced such conflict and anxiety as a result of an irrational society. This work aims to offer the world a sense of direction through contemporary dance. Liar is choreographed by the company’s principal dancer Jung-Hoon Kim.

Choe Contemporary Dance Company combines state of the art multimedia with dance, maximizing visual impact by incorporating images into the choreography. This marriage of high technology and physical movement suggests dance itself as a highly-driven attempt to communicate. The company was awarded by the Korean Dance Critics Association for their use of technology in their previous work, Black Angel. The company’s representative work, Controversy, choreographed by Sang-Cheul Choi, attracted international attention and the company was invited to perform overseas by the Suzanne Dellal Center for Dance and Theater in Israel and the Attakkalari India Biennial in India. The company was also the first Korean group in the official program of the Biennale CINARS and was invited to the East Asian Culture City (2014) and Gwangju Cultural Center (2015) opening ceremonies. Choe Contemporary Dance Company continues to actively perform in Korea and around the world.

Artistic Director and Choreographer Sang-Cheul Choe founded Choe Contemporary Dance Company in 1992 and has been pursuing the concept of decoloniality of dance through his works for the past 20 years. His performances display a clear philosophy combining wit, humor, liveliness, and vitality. After working as a choreographer in New York City in the 1990s, Choe shifted to an interest in dancing which utilizes multimedia. His work has transformed into a new modern dance method through the fusion of dance and video with the human body. His multimedia works include Kangmang Angel (2000), Touch (2001), and Red Swan (2002). Choe is the recipient of the Excellence Award from the Korea Modern Dance Promotion Association, Dancer Prize of the Year from the Korean Contemporary Dance Association, and the Copanas Prize Award from the Korean Contemporary Dance Association. He is a professor of dance at Chung-Ang University in South Korea and has worked as a programmer at the International Modern Dance Festival, as well as the Busan International Dance Festival. He is currently a vice chairman of the Korean Contemporary Dance Association.