The Garage International @ Town Hall, Tue Feb 17
This is a little gem of a dance programme. There are two contemporary pieces performed by artists from The Centre for Arts Beyond Boundaries from Korea who have collaborated with the music group IA and the dancer Seonmi Kim. The pieces are very beautiful and both look at different aspects of life from a female perspective.
The first piece – Moon – portrays a dancer coming to terms with her body as she ages. The scene is set for something special with live music by Jaechul Kim and Funsuk Choi playing a flute and soft drum with additional vocals that sound like a meditation and seem to clear the mind ready for the entry of the dancer.
The dancer in this work is Seonmi Kim, a beautiful older dancer dressed in flowing layered red that accentuates the fluidity and sensuousness of her movements. She dances to the live music, then in silence and finally to a very moving popular song in Korean about growing old. Seonmi is a revelation. Her use of her whole body especially her feet and hands is so perfect you can’t take your eyes off her. She conveys such strong emotion throughout the piece that it is quite moving to watch. It is a pity that the segment where she reads from a book is in Korean as I am sure it adds greater depth to this piece.
The second work has two dancers a younger girl (Eunha Ha) and an older woman (Hwawon Lee) representing youth and old age or the energy and passion of youth contrasting with the maturity and judgement of an older self. This is a much more ambitious piece with theatrical elements such as the use of text projected on the background created by Andy Yoon.
2 in 1 / 18,250 Moons And After continues at The Garage International @ Town Hall until Wed Feb 18.
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