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Korean artists fascinate Azerbaijan with kicks and moves Updated: 2013-07-30 23:24:54 KST

 Korean artists fascinate Azerbaijan with kicks and moves
Azerbaijan, a country bordered by the Caspian Sea to the east, Russia to the north and Iran to the south celebrated two decades of diplomatic ties with South Korea last year.
And over the last decade, the oil-rich country has expanded its economic ties with Korea, but also its cultural ties.


"The economy of Azerbaijan is expanding at a remarkable pace, opening new business opportunities for Korean companies. And the exchange between the two countries is also on a rise in various aspects, including sports and culture."

This summer, Azerbaijan's tourist city of Gabala welcomed a handful of Korean artists.
Opening the stage was Kyung Hee University's traditional dance team who translated Korea's beauty into subtle yet eye-catching moves.
The finale was highlighted by the Korean traditional "fan dance."


"Korea's traditional dance can be conceived as relatively static, with a lot of choreography expressed through the hands, so we tried to portray as much movement as possible for the Azerbaijani audience. And I could feel their applause was from the heart."

Also on the program was a performance by the World Taekwondo Federation demonstration team.
A spectacle of movements highlighted by a "Gangnam Style" ending was more than enough to impress the spectators.


"I'm a judo fighter, and I find taekwondo interesting with its high kicks. And it's amazing to see these petite girls jumping so high and breaking those boards."

A Korean pianist was also invited to mark the beginning of Gabala's fifth International Music Festival that kicked off on Wednesday.


"We are delighted to have Korea's taekwondo, dance and music artists here to reaffirm the bond between the two countries. The Azerbaijani government is especially enthusiastic about expanding further exchanges with Korea."

The dance and taekwondo company are scheduled to continue performing and promoting Korean culture throughout Azerbaijan this week.
Song Ji-sun, Arirang News, Gabala.
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