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The Second Annual Korean Culture Week at the Kennedy Center

The Korean Cultural Center Washington, D.C. is proud to present the Second Annual Korean Culture Week at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, November 7-9, 2017. This three-day event will take audiences on a journey across the cutting edge of Korean performance art, where ancient folk culture roots intersect with the dynamic energy of modern Korea and infuse Western classics with innovative twists, through a diversity of richly textured live performances.

Tuesday & Wednesday, November 7 & 8 at 6:00 p.m. daily 
Millennium Stage | FREE ADMISSION

Thursday, November 9 at 7:30 p.m.
Terrace Theater | Ticket Purchase HERE 

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
2700 F St NW, Washington, DC 20566

Korean Cultural Center: 202-797-6343
Kennedy Center: www.kennedy-center.org or 202-467-4600

Tuesday, November 7 at 6:00 p.m. | Millennium Stage | FREE
Balance & Imbalance by the Bereishit Dance Company
Contemporary Dance
Also performing in the Baltimore area on Friday, Nov. 10, HERE

Under founding choreographer Soon-ho Park, the celebrated Bereishit Dance Company approaches Korean traditional culture from a contemporary view, keeping its fundamental value rather than merely borrowing or transforming it. Balance and Imbalance juxtaposes dancers alongside drummers and singers of the traditional Korean vocal storytelling genre pansori, which itself combines music, movement, and emotion. This experiment between East and West is a study of differing movement sensations. To the unbroken rhythm of Korean traditional drums, dancers develop a clarity and power that goes beyond national borders. Their unabashed physical control, somewhere between breakdance, artistry and urban coolness, simultaneously illuminates and criticizes their cultural roots.

The company is known to display an amazing sensitivity towards space and rhythm, offering performances delivered with kinesthetic clarity and power. Bereishit Dance Company has extensively toured internationally including shows at at the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival and Dance Salad Festival in Houston.

Wednesday, November 8 at 6:00 p.m.| Millennium Stage | FREE
World Music Ensemble E-do
Traditional and Modern Korean Music
Also performing in the Baltimore area on Monday, Nov. 6, HERE

World Music Ensemble E-Do is comprised of six talented musicians who combine traditional and contemporary rhythms with consummate ease. The group's name comes from the first name of King Sejong the Great, a towering and revered figure during Korea's ancient Joseon Dynasty. The philosophical background for E-Do's music is to create music for the modern era that can be enjoyed by all and to share it freely in Korea and beyond. 

E-Do presents audiences with the traditions of Korean traditional music, known as gugak, as well as modern Korean music, along with an engaging mix of traditional and modern instruments, highlighting the beauty and balance of traditional Korean music. The group's works include original songs based on traditional music as well as fresh interpretations of traditional repertoires.

Thursday, November 9 at 7:30 p.m.
Modern Ballet Work By the Kim Yong-geol Dance Theater
Contemporary Ballet Performance

In the modern ballet Work, the celebrated Kim Yong-geol Dance Theater turns traditional ballet on its head by deconstructing its fundamentals and recreating the art form as a thoroughly modern physical, visual, and auditory experience for today's audiences. As iconic ballet practice bars are dragged into the rafters, clanging with sound, dancers practice and perform to live music and dramatic lighting that reveal the core emotion of ballet's physical language. As is often the case in modern Korean arts, this performance also offers a two-way interaction. Live music is performed to the sensitive movements of dancers, with both artists feeling the piece together and exuding a natural synergy. More details HERE and purchase tickets HERE