Dance-Fashion Performance Fever Hopes To Revisit Korean Traditions With A Contemporary Outlook
In a abandoned house dotted by solely black metallic clamps and spotlights, a dancer strikes. Though her arms are fast, her ft communicate a deliberate, conventional, long-forgotten language of Korea; of its indigenous traces. At the identical time, her funky sense of favor requires a up to date outlook. Fever, a choreographed dance-music-fashion efficiency, is an amalgamation. Produced to commemorate the waning spirit of Korean traditions, the efficiency shines mild on Korean classical dance and music via daring, modern strokes; be it by way of its vogue or accompanying music.
The present, choreographed by Boram Kim and carried out by Ambiguous Dance Company, is now out there for digital viewing, offered by Chennai’s InKo Centre.
The idea of Fever is rooted in Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, says Kim of its inception. “The idea of dancing together with heung (joy), came from there,” he continues, including that the efficiency was initially devised in 2016 and has since then undergone many revisions. He developed Fever right into a avenue efficiency in 2019.
Kim says that the standard side of the efficiency lies largely on the music and costumes and never a lot the actions. “I didn’t intend to focus on the reinterpretation of tradition with choreography. Of course, there is some movement that looks inspired by traditional forms, but it is more to keep the choreography going. In terms of the music, Hye-won Choi, the music director who majored in traditional music, composed it in her own style. As for costumes, our members and I researched through traditional markets and the Internet over several months,” says Kim.
Kim at all times questioned why so many individuals consider custom as one thing that’s ‘old’. By exploring what we imply by ‘old’, he wished to create a “trendy style of tradition.” Which is what could be seen clearly within the vogue of Fever.
“In order to make tradition more trendy, we looked for a variety of concepts beyond design. Fit without meaning. I matched only the colours without meaning, and used the red Adidas sweat suit, a red jacket, and a red hat — a colour that is used for rites performed by Korean shamans, and they matched well beyond expectations. We also paired luxury goods with traditional Korean folk costumes,” he says.
Though rooted in Korean tradition, the efficiency, Kim believes, has a worldwide attain. “First of all, in our works, there are many aspects that can be enjoyed without thinking about the meaning. It would be just an opportunity to have fun, while thinking about the unique traditions of India as well,” concludes Kim.