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[KCW] The Bereishit Dance Company on the Millennium Stage image

[KCW] The Bereishit Dance Company on the Millennium Stage

The Korean Cultural Center Washington, D.C. proudly presents a performance by the acclaimed Seoul-based Bereishit Dance Company of their recent work Balance and Imbalance, as part of Korean Culture Week at the Kennedy Center, Nov. 7-9. 

Under founding choreographer Soon-ho Park, 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.

Tuesday, November 7 at 6:00 p.m. 

Millennium Stage at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts 

2700 F St NW, Washington, DC 20566 


The Bereishit Dance Company, founded in 2013 by choreographer Soon-ho Park, is known to display an amazing sensitivity towards space and rhythm, offering performances delivered with kinesthetic clarity and power. The company has extensively toured internationally including shows at at the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival and Dance Salad Festival in Houston, Tx. Soon-ho Park also recently completed a guest artist residency at George Mason University in 2017, where its top dance major students performed his works at the 2017 Dance Gala Concert presented by the Mason School of Dance. 

Soon-ho Park studied contemporary dance at Hansung University in Seoul, Korea, and actively worked as a professional dancer from 1992 to 2001. He completed a choreography course at the Arnhem European Dance Development Center in The Netherlands where he developed his work, trying diverse experiments through his solo or trio pieces. He participated in many projects as a dancer in The Netherlands, Germany and other European countries and was selected as the New Choreographer by the German institution PACT Zollverein in 2003. 

Soon-ho has done various works and projects with installation, media, and musical artists. He has received major funding from Arts Council Korea, and awards including The Choreography Award of the Year by the Performing Arts and Film Review, The New Choreographer’s Award by the International Modern Dance Festival, and the Best Choreography Award both from the Korean Dance Researchers and Critics Association and the ChangMu Arts Center. His work opened the Festival Asia in Barcelona, Spain, in 2007. Since then, it has been presented at venues and festivals in many countries such as Poland, the United Kingdom, Brazil, Uruguay, India, Switzerland, and Mexico, among others. He currently teaches contemporary dance techniques and choreography at five universities in Korea.