Immixture

Korea National Contemporary Dance Company / KR /

Transcending limitations of genre and technique, a delicate and natural movement across the past and present, a near-perfect essence of art of contemporary dance!

Immixture intents to exhibit Korean music and the beauty of Korea on the stage for international audience. Immixture can be seen as a simple 'mix' of Korean and non-Korean, and traditional and contemporary elements. Korean traditional dance shows the beauty of curves and breathing in movement, whereas Western dance tends to be extroverted, straightforward and expressive. Composed of 10 scenes, Immixture creates a 'visible music' by combining music and movements from the East and the West. It is a mixture of different music and differing dance; delicate and flowing Korean traditional dance and modern contemporary movements.

Immixture continued to develop and enhance itself since its first showcase at SIDance 2014, and was premiered at the Théâtre National de Chaillot in Paris, France in 2016.

Scenes:

#1 Introduction
Chunaengmu (Dance of nightingales in spring): In Joseon Sunjo Dynasty in 1828, Crown Prince Hyomyeong created Chunaengmu to celebrate his mother's birthday. It is a solo dance piece, illustrating the nightingales singing on the branch of willow tree in the morning of spring. Chunaengmu is praised for its splendid and elegant beauty.

#2 Boryeom
Boryeon : A folk song from southern provinces sung by Sadangpae(travelling theater) in Joseon Dynasty. Starts with blessing from Buddhist chant, it wishes the prosperity of the royal family.

#3 Yanggeum
Yanggeum : A string instrument similar to dulcimer and cembalo. The Chinese introduced it into Korea in the Joseon Dynasty era. 『Damheonseo』 written by Hong Dae-yong introduced Yanggeum in an article titled 『Instrument』. ‘Yanggeum was created by Chinese by emulating Western instruments. Its body is made of paulownia wood, and the strings are metal. The sound resembles that of bells and Gyeong, yet Yanggeum has louder and stronger note and does not nearly reach Geum or Seul. Smaller Yanggeum has 12 strings and larger one has 17 strings. 17 strings Yanggeum has a grander and clearer sound.’

#4 Gayageum Sanjo
 The contrast between mighty sword dance and beautiful melody played by Korean traditional string instrument. Yang (positive): Sword / Yin (negative): Gayageum

#5 Geomungo Sanjo
A hip hop dance with earphones on – ‘Love the way you lie’

#6 Three line dance 1
The second movement of the Quartet for piano, violin, viola, violoncello in E flat major Op.47 of Schumann and female dancers

#7 Three line dance 2
Korean traditional song for male singers 'Bulani', and female dancers

#8 Percussion dance (Immixture)
Add and mix Korean and Western traditional dance and hip hop on top of the rhythm of percussion

#9 Ritual
Ritual : Mudang (shaman) offers sacrifice to god and pray with singing and dancing, seeking to resolve problems in the patterns of development of human life.

#10 Finale
Changsa of Chunaengmu Changsa : Songs sung during royal court dance.