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Choomna Dance Company
Seen from afar, we are nothing.
Seen from the universe, the planet Earth is just a grain of dust. On such a small earth, humans have existed throughout the long history, which would be just a moment in eternity.
On the stage called Earth which is nothing but a ‘pale blue dot’, we have been happy, angry, sad and joyful. When the dawn is gone, morning and afternoon come. When the winter is gone, spring comes, and when the summer is gone, the autumn comes.
The people you know, the people you love and all the people you knew, who have existed in this world, have lived their lives on the planet which is nothing but a small dot. This pale blue dot called Earth has been our home and our everything. We, who breathe in such an immense universe, are the only companions in this universe.
However, seen from afar, we are still nothing.
oyager 1 took a photo of the outer Solar System including the visible planet earth for the first time in human history.
Despite the oppositions, Carl Sagan suggested that they turn the nose of the space probe to take a photo.
Looking at the photo sent by Voyager 1, Sagan called the earth a “pale blue dot.”
The truth revealed by the photo: “How small the human beings are!”
On such a small “pale blue dot,” not a day goes by that humanity does not fight. This is a noisy place where there is a ceaseless war to earn something.
look at the photo again. The “pale blue dot” that shines lonesomely in the calm universe……. Our earth is such a small place for bloody fight.
very small stage called the ‘earth’ found in a dark, large theater called the ‘cosmos’... However, it is everything for humanity It is a history of us who are living today. and it is the only shelter for us.
I try to move such a small stage on this smaller stage.
Born in Busan, Joseph Kim began dancing in the genre of B-boy at the age of 14. He studied composition at the age of 18 but the following year, he decided to major in dance. After studying art history and finishing a professional art course at the School of Dance in Korea National University of Arts, he started his career as a choreographer. In 2011, he appeared in Korea National Contemporary Dance Company’s base camp for choreographers Hansel and Gretel and Joëlle Bouvier’s choregraphic work What about Love. The following year, he was cast for Pierre Rigal’s choreographic work Theatre of Operations co-produced by Swiss Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne and Korea’s LG Arts Center, dancing in 28 shows in ten cities in France and Switzerland. In 2014, he choreographed and performed a solo dance called The Troupe Is Coming to the Village which was selected as a performance for overseas invitation at the Seoul International Choreography Festival. In 2016, the production was invited to the International Choreographic Encounters Paris Seine-Saint-Denis in France. Trained at MBS Academy in Germany, he is teaching Dr. Feldenkrais' Mind Body Studies. He also completed courses of Primal Move instructors and Movement Intelligence practitioners. Kim is focusing on the movements of oriental martial arts such as Baguazhang. He is currently the director of Choomna Arts Center.
Choreography ｜ Joseph Kim
Dramaturgy ｜ Do-hee Yae
Composer ｜ SAZA
Light Director ｜ Leeji
Producer ｜ Hye-jin Yun
Cast ｜ Joseph Kim, Sea-hyun Lee, Eun-gyo Son, Eun-hye Ku
‘Choomna’ is a Korean abbreviation of ‘dancing trees.’ The Company’s name symbolizes its unwavering enthusiasm for dance, just like the deeply rooted trees. It also means that the Company’s dancers are making their forest of dance, studying as many movements as possible and influencing each other, just as trees relying on each other to make a forest. In addition to performing in Korea, the Company has collaborated with the South Chicago Dance Theatre for three years.