Modern Ballet ‘Work’ Displays the Beauty of Movement to Live Music
The Korean Cultural Center Washington, D.C. proudly presents the modern ballet Work, in which 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.
This event, part of Korean Culture Week at the Kennedy Center Nov. 7-9, will take place on Thursday, November 9, starting at 7:30 p.m. at the Terrace Theater at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
Modern Ballet “Work” by Kim Yong-geol Dance Theater
WHEN: Thursday, November 9 @ 7:30 pm
WHERE: Terrace Theater, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (2700 F St NW, Washington, DC 20566)
HOW: Purchase tickets ($25) via the Kennedy Center, HERE.
Phone: 202-797-6343, 202-467-4600
Work showcases the beauty of modern ballet through raw and joyful body movements accompanied by live classical music. In an effort to expand the common understanding of ballet, Work strives to break apart the at-times pretentious, elegant, and pristine image of ballet to inspire the general public to more easily approach the genre.
Ballet often emphasizes techniques and accomplishments in competition, which leads us to forget about fundamentals, according to the Kim Yong-geol Dance Theater. Therefore this performance centers on the significance of ballet barres. “The act of choreographing modern ballet really thrills me,” says choreographer Yong-geol Kim. 'I feel much more alive than choreographing classical ballets.'
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. “Musicians often provide only auditory harmony,” says guitarist Jung-shil Suh. “But [here] I am able to offer visual harmony as well, and that has been an exceptional experience.”