It's the start of a new week and our Michelle Kim is here for our daily arts and culture segment. Today, she will tell us about a dance performance she saw this weekend and a Korean film that premiered recently at the Busan film festival.
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So what was the performance you saw this weekend[Reporter : ] I went to see Sweden's Cullberg Ballet Company, which is in town as the opening performance of the 15th Seoul International Dance Festival. The festival features a wide rang of choreographic styles, and Cullberg started it off with three innovative works from its repertoire. Take a look.
The Seoul International Dance Festival kicked off on Friday with a performance at the Gangdong Arts Center by the Cullberg Ballet Company from Sweden.
The company, which is known for its modern interpretations of classical ballet works, last appeared in Korea nearly 10 years ago in 2003.
At Friday's performance, the company presented three works from its repertoire.
The first piece, called "Xspectacle," showed the struggles that dancers face during rehearsal. By using bits of dialogue, solos, duets and configurations that required the dancers to work together as a team, the performance portrayed the dancers' efforts to keep pace with one another and how much practice is needed for a single performance.
Next on the program was a dance film called "40m under," which was directed and choreographed by Alexander Ekman. The piece features 16 dancers who are dressed up as scientists. They are led by one scientist who is pregnant, and she blows the whistle every time she feels the baby kicking. Each time the whistle is blown, the 16 dancers perform comedic yet highly technical movements.
The final work, "Negro con Flores," was a piece by Johan Inger, the company's artistic director from 2003 to 2008.
The work used darkness and light to emphasize the dancers' movements.
An old-fashioned black-and-white television that blinks on and off served as the backdrop to a dream-like scene as the dancers perform.
The lighting and a series of small items the dancers used while dancing worked together to convey a meaning of hope in darker times.
The Seoul International Dance Festival has become known as one of the city's premier dance events and this year will feature performances by 53 dance companies from 16 countries at venues around the city through October 20th.