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Eun-Me Ahn Company
<North Korea Dance by Eun-Me Ahn> started off from the hope to shed a new light on North Korean dance which has long been considered like a taboo. We would like to study North Korean dance which has remained a vague subject of curiosity or fear and embrace it in a future-oriented way. It is based on the movements and dance of North Korea, which have developed mainly in the army and military activities under the influence of Juche Ideology. Eun-Me Ahn intends to borrow provocative and unconventional forms of North Korean dance, normally used as a tool for galvanizing of the North Korean people's spirit, and recreate the ‘North Korea Dance’ through Eun-Me Ahn’s own interpretations.Synopsis
The motions of North Korean people are embodied at such a certain level to be perceived as dancing. Some may see the embodiment of North Korea’s Juche Idea, and others may see obviously Northern temperament and attitude. In any case, North Korean dance is a set of movements that has been filtered once, like a certain form of a heaving wave, a heaving wave of a particular form. The system pressures this filtering. Under these conditions, Eun-Me Ahn aims, between the North and South, to approach ‘North Korea dance’ as an objective correlative, circumventing heavy ideologies of Juche Idea and National Security Law.
A choreographer whose rule-breaking and daring dance fascinated the international dance scene, Eun-Me Ahn, based on her belief that dance should be fun, blends humor in her dance and uses vivid colors to use new movements and body lines dramatically. Her dance is said to give the audience festive and dynamic energy and spirit. Moving beyond dance into film or fashion shows, she is expanding the boundary of expressions done via ‘body.’ Moving out of proscenium theatre to get closer to the audience, she’s created her Dance Trilogy with non-professionals - teenagers, middle-aged men and old ladies- which created Eun-Me Ahn fandom not only in Korea but also in Europe. This year, she was chosen as resident artist of Théâtre de la Ville in Paris and co-created <North Korea Dance by Eun-Me Ahn> as the first piece, which is going to be performed in Paris next year.
Choreographer ｜ Eun-Me Ahn
Music Director ｜ Young-gyu Jang
Video Director ｜ Jin-won Lee
Lighting Director ｜ Jin-young Jang
Production Manager ｜ Eun-ji Park, Sang Lee
Video Record ｜ Ji-woong Nam
Photographer ｜ Young-mo Choe
Cast ｜ Hyun-woo Nam, Hye-kyoung Kim, Young-min Jung, Si-han Park, Ji-hye Ha, Ei-seul Lee, Ju-young Shim, Seung-hae Kim, Dong-hun Go, Soon-A Park(Gayageum)
Established in 1988 by choreographer and dancer Eun-Me Ahn, the company is active internationally including the U.S. and Europe. Eun-Me Ahn's dance, featuring her delicate and special language, mysterious colors, dynamic energy flowing without unnecessary rotation, and humor, goes beyond the boundaries of Korean tradition.
Eun-Me Ahn showed in <New Chunhyang> and <Symphoca Bari> that ‘tradition’ can be a key element for new creations, which gained positive recognition from the West leading to her first European tour in 2006 and official invitation for Edinburgh Festival in 2011. Since then, she has worked with amateurs to create her Dance Trilogy(<Dancing Grandmothers>, <Dancing Teen Teen> and <Dancing Middle-Aged Men>), looking at ‘body’ from anthropological point of view, proposing to reconsider the boundary of what is called artistic activity and blurring the wall between stage and audience. The Dance Trilogy, which started from a very fundamental question, has been invited to meet the European audience every year since its European premiere in 2014. As a private dance company, Eun-Me Ahn Company is actively promoting Korea to Europe and the world in its own unique ways.