The Korea National Contemporary Dance Company brings its modern dance piece "Bul-ssang" to the stage this weekend.
"Bul-ssang" is the Korean word for a Buddhist statue, but it sounds the same as the Korean word for "pity."
The company delves into the double meaning of the title with iconic dance moves adapted from traditional dances from various Asian countries.
Renowned Korean DJ Soulscape and prominent pop artist Choi Jeong-hwa also helped create the performance.
"This work shows how traditional Korean and Asian culture, represented as statues of the Buddha, have been twisted and transformed in the process of modernization. The work was inspired after a visit to Buddha Bar in Paris, where Buddha statues were used as trendy interior items."
The work will be presented in France next year to commemorate the year of cultural exchange between Korea and France.
And on another stage
Regional variations on Korea's most beloved song, "Arirang" are showcased along with traditional Korean dance.
"Arirang" is a traditional Korean folk song that is on UNESCO's World Intangible Heritage for Humanity list and there are thousands of variations on the lyrics and melody.
"Out of the thousands of Arirang variations, we chose the most representative and well-known versions, the ones that are still widely sung in the country, such as Milyang Arirang, Jindo and Jeongseon Arirang."
This special performance was organized by the Senior Public Diplomacy Group, with support from the foreign ministry, to further promote the song and for the sake of cultural diversity and preservation.
Park Ji-won, Arirang News.