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3rd showcase of the OnStage Korea 2018 Season image

3rd showcase of the OnStage Korea 2018 Season

Art Project BORA

Tail Language

Wednesday, August 29, 2018 7:30 PM
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts 
2700 F Street, NW Washington, DC 20566


Call: 202.797.6343
E-mail: infodesk@koreaembassy.org​

Premiered March, 2014
Choreography: Bora Kim
Music Director: JaeDuk Kim
Costume Design: InSook Choi
Lighting Design: SeungHo Lee
Producer: MiJin Lee
Performers: SangMi Park, JuRyung Jung, SoYoung Choi, 
HyeJi Lee, JiYeon Yang, HeeEun Jeong, 
SeongRyong Kang, JunHwan Her, SoRi Baik

The Korean Cultural Center Washington, D.C. proudly presents the third showcase of the OnStage Korea 2018 Season featuring Art Project BORA. This innovative contemporary dance company performs Tail Language, a deconstruction of human communication that explores the fundamental expressive power of body language in today’s contemporary world.

Tail Language satirizes the hypocritical culturalism and analytical errors of human language by employing movements inspired by so-called “tail language,” or systems of symbolic gestures used by animals. Cats, for example, use tail language to express their emotions. Building on this motif, Tail Language suggested that, just as animals have their own nonverbal ways of saying things, humans can also engage in instinctual communication through their bodies.

This performance aims to break away from traditional concepts of body and language by dismantling and recombining their familiar structures and semiotics. In doing so, it reveals the natural language of the body on a level more primitive and lucid than text or words. The limitations of language can distort communication and create boundaries, and this work speaks to Art Project BORA’s desire to overcome those limits by focusing on body language. Actual relationships are often concealed behind hypocrisy and superficial intellectualism, so Tail Language is a small but important attempt to discover truth beyond mere social dialogue. 

Art Project BORA

Art Project BORA’s work is based on contemporary dance, film, performing arts, music, and fashion, and incorporates a variety of artistic genres. Through these various media, the group focuses on exploring the various facets of unique, expressive language. Art Project BORA leads in the field of experimental art through the exchange of such different genres. 
Not limited to performances in confined spaces such as traditional theaters, Art Project BORA attempts to find new methods of connecting with their audiences by breaking the barriers of genre and space. The group also focuses on stimulating the senses of the audience with creative and witty choreography. 

Art Project BORA has been active in Korea as well as abroad in countries such as Japan, France, Netherlands, Belgium, Finland, Slovenia, Germany, Austria, Mexico, Italy, Brazil, and Uruguay.