Nework in the ada Studio
Whoever googles "Kangan Sule,” will only receive entries on Gangnam style. But from Olivia Hyunsin Kim’s mouth, it does rather sound like "Kangan Sule”.
According to the dancer choreographer, this Korean ritual dance, as was revealed in the last version of her long-term project "MeMe”, had in fact been invented to deter the Japanese invaders. Women would be dressed in military uniforms and dance out in the open on the mountainsides so that the Japanese would consider them potential warriors and thus hesitate to invade. The story sounds good. If fabricated, it’s even better. For the concept of just how ideas and images of a particular culture are shaped, both inside and outside, is Kim’s central theme. The dancer, trained in Western techniques, applies and appropriates "Asian” practices, exploring them through her own physical expression. With the premiere of "MeMe – I see. Ah!” she is opening Nework, the new series for young choreographers, at the ada Studio. A double premiere, as it were. Hats off! Along with NAH DRAN and the Studioschreiber Project, yet another fascinating ada format for the young scene!
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