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Choreographers in Motion: Retrospective and Perspectives
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Author: Chung Eui-sook
Publisher: Hollym
Pub. Date: Sep 2013
Pages: 152
Cover: Paperback
Dimensions (in inches): 5.90 x 8.85 x 0.43
ISBN: 9781565913370
Language: English
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Choreographers and the Universal Language
Masters of Movements
This book explores the lives and works of representative contemporary dance choreographers of Korea, primarily based in Seoul. The artists selected are examined in detail through interviews by thoroughly investigating their education, influences, and creative process that determines their aesthetic inclination. The artists are presented in chronological order, and are further divided into their educational backgrounds, respectively.
The two pioneers of contemporary dance of Korea Yook Wan-soon and Hong Sin Cha, following these artists, the next generation who had studied abroad is introduced. Chung Eui-sook, Ahn Sungsoo, Choe Sang-cheul, and Ahn Eun-me went to the United States, the home of contemporary dance and Yu Mina and Nam Jeong-ho went to study in Europe and absorbed the contemporary dance techniques of Europe. Meanwhile homegrown artists Kim Bock Hee, Park Myungsook, Jeon Mi Sook, Son Kwan Jung, and Ahn Aesoon developed within the university dance departments in Korea whose works are directly influenced by Korean motifs, and artists such as Hong Sungyop, Park Hobin, and Jung Young-doo originally had different majors, but later changed their careers to contemporary dance. As well as these respected artists, the book covers arising young choreographers and their artistic experiments.
Despite the categorizations according to their international and national influences, it does not do justice to simply classify these artists' works in to mere American, European, or Korean styles. This book ultimately pursued to find common aspects that motivate and inspire Korean choreographers that can be identified as the "local style" in pursuit of the identity of contemporary dance in Korea. To hone their universal language to perfection, these choreographers more so nowadays, collaborate with specialists in various genres and are creating yet again a new dance culture.



01 Pioneers in Korean Contemporary Dance
 Yook Wan-soon
 Hong Sin Cha

02 American Dreams: To the Birthplace of Contemporary Dance
 Chung Eui-sook
 Ahn Sungsoo
 Choe Sang-cheul
 Ahn Eun-me

03 In Search of European Movements
 Yu Mina
 Nam Jeong-ho

04 Embracing Korean Identity
 Kim Bock Hee
 Park Myungsook
 Jeon Mi Sook
 Son Kwan Jung
 Ahn Aesoon

05 Brave New Talent: Korean Dancers from Outside the Academe
 Hong Sungyop
 Park Hobin
 Jung Young-doo

06 New Generation of Contemporary Choreographers
 Park Na-hoon
 Lee Kyung-eun
 Ye Hyo-seung
 Ahn Young-jun
 Kim Sung-yong
 Shin Chang Ho
 Cha Jin-yeob
 Kim Bo-ram

07 Prospect of Contemporary Dance in Korea


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