korea culture dc

  • facebook
  • twitter
  • youtoube
  • Instargam

EXPLOREPerforming Arts


5th Showcase of 2017 Season OnStage Korea

Hyunju Lee Dance Company

in collaboration with Laban Movers,
edia Artist MOON, and Textile Artist Kumjoo Ahn

The Global Arts Project

- Dynamic Korean Dance: Traditional to Cosmopolitan

*Opening Showcase by Korean Traditional Arts Foundation(KTAF)

Friday, September 22 at 8:00p.m.

Venue: The Dorothy Betts Marvin Theatre at GWU

 800 21st St. NW Washington, DC 20052

Tickets: Free with RSVP Here!


E-mail: infodesk@koreaembassy.org

Phone: 202-797-6343

Hyunju Lee Dance Company>

The Korean Cultural Center Washington, D.C. proudly presents the 5th Showcase of the OnStage Korea 2017 Season featuring 'The Global Arts Project - Dynamic Korean Dance: Traditional to Cosmopolitan” which aims to idealize Korean dance of the future for glocalization (globalization + localization) performed by Hyunju Lee Dance Company and Laban Movers.


With the launch of OnStage Korea in March, 2017, this 5th showcase will continue to celebrate the richness and diversity of Korean performing arts in Washington,D.C. OnStage Korea continually seeks to uncover and spotlight brilliant Korea nand Korean-inspired performance artists from around the world with an opportunity to showcase their creativity on stage for the American public in the Capital region.


 <Hyunju Lee Dance Company>

The Global Arts Project aims to create a collaboration dance piece with dancers from different cultures by employing the Laban movement analysis. The Laban movement analysis has a theory which captures and analyzes fundamentals of human movement, and through which, one can deeply understand and interpret stylistic patterns of dance movement from other cultures. Forth is project, the dancers who have been trained in Laban Movement Analysis will collaborate to discover the fundamental principles of Korean dance and create an improvisational dance piece based on their findings. In addition, the purpose of this project is to introduce traditional and modern Korean arts to American artists and audiences in Washington, D.C. in collaboration with Laban movement specialists and media artists. The program will consist of two major parts: The Past with Korean traditional dance and the Present with Korean Contemporary dance including improvisational dance (Movement Choir).


Moreover, the performance seeks to break down the wall between the audience and the performer through dance movements with modern computer science used both as artistic methods and as objects of artistic inquiry. The multi-media performance embodies the spirit of movement with stillness through the mystery of the core which harmoniously handles the energy of the universe and through the communion with those experiencing the union of the body, mind, and spirit with real-time computerized video as extensions of performers. This environment actively invites the audience to the performance space and would practically share dancers’ expressions and energies.

<Hyunju Lee Dance Company>

Hyunju Lee Dance Company was established in 1994 in South Korea and most of its members are from major Korean dance associations and alumni of Kyunghee University in Seoul.This group successfully has propagated Korean culture and spirit, has planned and choreographed many performances, and has received a lot of positive feedback from international festivals. More than standardization of performance, Hyunju Lee Dance Company wants to bring out the natural beauty and simplicity of Korean dance. The simple and deep (non-verbal communication) methods allow them to connect with many other cultures and bring down the language barriers. Most of all, Hyunju Lee Dance Company is continuously researching and studying globalizations of Korean dance in both artistic and philosophical points of view through the Laban movement analysis.

The Global Arts Project Artists

 Hyunju Lee | Artistic Director & Choreographer  

Jung Hyun Moon | Media Art Director

Kumjoo Ahn | Stage & Textile Artist

Jiwon Shin | Media Art Assistant

Hejin Jang | Artistic Consultant

Cheryl Clark & Hyunju Lee | Korean Dance Analysts 

Performers | Mary-Carmen Webb, Marco Farroni, Jun Woo Choe, AhHyun Lee, Lianna King, Melody Coup Jambet, Hyunju Lee

<Opening Showcase by the Korean Traditional Arts Foundation(KTAF)

<Korean Traditional Arts Foundation>

The Mission of KTAF is to promote and raise awareness of Korean traditional music and dance to the local community and to the next generation Korean-American youth while serving the community as civil diplomats. Their members consist of around 35 performers and 15 administrators. Every year KTAF presents a Korean festival at the NVCC Performance Art Center in Virginia, featuring numerous artists. KTAF also presented performances at the 2017 Presidential Inaugural Ball at the Mayflower Hotel and Korean Day at the Capitol. KTAF also is actively involved in introducing Korean culture to public schools by performing at various schools in Virginia. 

The artistic director, JaeUn Byun worked as a professional dancer and choreographer in Korea with the Korean National Dance Company for several years before she moved to the United States. Byun graduated from Kyunghee University majoring in Korean dance. She founded KTAF-Washington and currently works as a dance instructor and artistic director of its performance group. She and her performance groups were invited several times to the Korean Art Festival from 2012 to 2017, the UN Armistice Festival in 2013, and the KORUS Festival from 2013 to 2015. She was also a director for the KORUS Festival Closing Ceremony in 2016, and the 8.15 Korean Independence Day Festival from 2014 to 2015.