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Dongnaehakchum is a dance that used to be performed by Korean men-about-town, of which the style is refined, simple and elegant. Most Korean folk dance is based on traditional religious rites, highlights humor and satire and depicts ordinary citizens’ hardships. However, Dongnaehakchum does not have such implications. Instead, here, dance is an end in itself. Bach’s music, which was at the peak of the Baroque period, seems to have been improvised but its principles are kept unconsciously. This element can be also found in Dongnaehakchum. The performance reinterprets the dance of Eastern noblemen and the music of their Western counterparts mixed in a multifaceted way. Also, the style is full of sophisticated and skillful elements. At the same time, the two genres from different historical periods merge into each other.Intention of Choreography
Under the theme of noblemen’s merrymaking culture, the performance Noleum – Hang Out finds its motif of dance and music (two central elements of a dance performance) in how Eastern and Western people hang out. In this context, the choreographer explores Dongnaehakchum, dance by Korean noblemen (especially men about town) and Baroque music (led by Western noblemen) and reinterprets these dances in an attempt to develop it into contemporary merrymaking elements all along with the audiences.
Jae-hyuk Jung serves as the artistic director and choreographer of Company J. After graduating from the creation department at the School of Dance of Korea National University of Arts, Jung went to Europe and then to New York to perform as a dancer at the Trisha Brown Dance Company from 2004 to 2010. He appeared in many performances in Trisha Brown’s repertoire that were staged at major theaters in Europe, the US and Asia. Since he returned to Korea, he has presented new works every year to actively work as a choreographer.
Choreography ｜ Jae-hyuk Jung
Director ｜ I-pyo Park
Composer ｜ JIn-young Choi
Art Director ｜ Novo
Producer ｜ Ye-won Chu
Cast ｜ Jung-soo Kim, Joo-hwan Park, Jung-hyun Sohn, Sang-mi Shin, Joung-yun Yum,
Jin-woo Lee, Hui-eun Lee, You-jeong Lim, Hye-ji Jeong
Having performed as a principal dancer at the Trisha Brown Dance Company in New York, choreographer Jae-hyuk Jung founded Company J in an attempt to seek a greater possibilities. In this Company, Jung has created sophisticated works by focusing on the most essential and fundamental movements. The Company’s works are characterized by repetitive movements intended to skillfully combine two contrasting elements: classicalness and contemporariness. The Company’s performances allow the audiences to see how monotonous but witty movements can generate such diverse possibilities.