InKo Centre and Arts Council Korea presents K-style – 4 performances by 3 of Korea’s top contemporary dance companies on 3 February 2013 at the Attakkalari India Biennial in Bengaluru.

Berieshit Dance Company
Balance and Imbalance
Ensemble; 25 minutes
Choreography: Park Soon-ho
Music: Park Jong-ho / Park Chong-hun
Technical director: Choi Jeong-won
Light design: Lee Seong-heon
Producer: Kim Shinah
Performers: Lee Jae-young /
An Ji-hyeong / Oh Hye-mi /
JeongCheol-in / Kim Kyoung-min /
Lee Da-som

Balance and Imbalance choreographed by Park Soon-ho explores body movements and sounds as the oldest and most basic tools for human beings to express themselves. Having focused on the foundational concept, "body movements and sounds" the performers present themselves and communicate with others.

In Balance and Imbalance, there is an attempt to look into the sounds made by the body and movements made from this sound. Through the body, we perceive ourselves and others; we produce sounds and through this process, the relationship with others is established and expanded by repetitive cycles of balance and imbalance. And at the centre of these transactions and negotiations, there is an excitement created by both body movements and sound. All these exchanges are underlined with clever humour, manipulation and movement that are seductively appealing.

Graduating from the Choreographers’ course of EDDC European Dance Development Center in Netherlands, Park Soon-ho worked with Zapara Dance Troupe in Italy, and participated in many projects such as the T.A.T Project, ACT Zollverein Atelier in Germany, as well as in performances including The Anatomy of Extreme with the Arepo Group. He was invited with his choreography Point to theater Winterthur and he presented his work to critical acclaim at several international festivals. Park Soon-ho was recently awarded the Best Choreography Award from The Korean Dance Researchers and Critics Association as well as from the ChangMu Arts Center.

What distinguishes Park Soon-ho from others is the way he approaches traditional culture from a contemporary point of view. He focuses on keeping the fundamental value of things, not simply borrowing or transforming them. Park Soon-ho does not use music as a tool in his dance productions, he focuses instead on the musicality of visual movement and on bodily rhythms. Believing that sound can touch the heart, he interprets the sound as movement. He is a choreographer who opens the eyes and ears of his audience, inviting them to share his sentiments on stage.

Awards/Performances
2011
Critic’s Choice Best Choreography Award and ChangMu Arts Canter’s Choice the Best Work of the Year Invited to 18th International Contemporary Dance Conference & Performance Festival in Bytom &Krakaw, Poland, UNAM in Mexico, SIDance in Korea.
2012
PAMS Choice Manchester Urban Moves International Dance Festival in U.K. in 2012
2013
Invited to the Attakkalari India Biennial, India


EDx2 Dance Company
Modern Feeling
Duo; 13 minutes
Choreography: Lee In-soo
Music: "The Method Works" & "Meeting Laura" from the original sound track of Perfume: The Story of a Murderer / "Nylon Smile from the Portishead album, Third.
Technical director: Choi Jeong-won
Light design: Lee Seong-heon
Producer: Kim Shinah
Performers: Lee In-soo / Ryu Jin-yoo

Modern Feeling, a duet choreographed by Lee In-Soo, explores the relationship between two men through a diverse movement vocabulary of hip hop, acrobatics and martial arts with contact improvisation as the driving basis of choreography. Through these movements, there is an attempt to portray the everyday emotions of encounter, conflict, indifference, competition and through an elaborate arrangement of movement and speed.

Modern Feeling is choreography peppered with witticisms and humour that come up between sequences of intricate and intimate movement with allusions to pop culture moments from cinema. These vigorous movements are performed to the backdrop of strong beats that increase in tension reflecting the climatic curves of the work.

Help
Duo; 13 minutes
Choreography: Lee In-soo
Music:
Technical director: Choi Jeong-won
Light design: Lee Seong-heon
Producer: Kim Shinah
Performers: Lee In-soo / Ryu Jin-yook & six others.

Help choreographed by Lee In-Soo investigates the notion of integrating hip hop with different muscle groups and create original contemporary movement. Through various permutations and combinations, a dynamic movement that in the end creates various styles of hip hop of its own.

Choreographer Lee Insoo from the LDP Dance Company, established ED×2 Dance Company in 2010. ED×2 aims to discover outstanding original repertoire alive with artistic sensitivity and descriptive movements and is as such, open to other artistic genres such as hip-hop, contemporary dance, drama and mime, acrobatics, etc. ED×2 enthusiastically communicates with sensitivity to a contemporary audience and introduces a diverse spectrum of modern dance with both artistry and popular appeal. LeeInsoo is from Daegu where he studied dance at Gyeongbuk Arts High School. He later moved on to earn his BA and MA at the Korea National University of Arts (KNUA). While studying at KNUA he was accepted into the Emio Greco & PC Dance Company and at present he is actively working as a member of the LDP Dance Company and as the head of the ED×2 Dance Company. LeeInsoo started dancing from street dances and he displays his various movements along with his talent as a choreographer based on this hip-hop asset by trying to separate and fuse the movements themselves. He introduced drama techniques based on story-telling into his dance and he continues to seek diverse ways to connect more easily to the public. He tries to present various solutions to dance—dance that not only shows choreographic perfection, but also dance that can connect more easily with the public. Lee Insoo has been invited to join Youngnam University as a professor in Dance.

Awards/Performances
2008
Received the Grand-Prix at the Seoul International Choreography Festival
2010
3rd Prize at No Ballet_5 Internationaler Choreographic Wettbewerb Ludwigshafen The Best Act at the Korean Association of Dance Critics and Researchers PAMS Choice Selection Performed at Jacob’s Pillow, Masdanza, LekuzLuku Festival, Dies des Dansa, Trayectos Zaragoza
2011
Gold Medal and Most Popular Choreography by Audience at the 1st Beijing International Ballet and Choreography Competition
Performed at Havana Vieja, LekuzLuku Festival, Trayectos Zaragoza, 18th International Contemporary Dance Conference & Performance Festival in Bytom & Krakaw, in Poland, UNAM in Mexico
2012
Performed at the Urban Moves International Dance Festival, Taipei Nova Hall
2013
Performance at Singapore Esplanade
Performance at the Attakkalari India Biennaial, India

Choe Contemporary Dance Company
Argument
Ensemble; 30 minutes
Choreography: Choe Sang-cheul
Script: Noh Hye-kyung
Music: Lim Dong-chang
Sound / Manager: Jun Joung-gun
Costume: Kim Young-sam
Technical director: Choi Jeong-won
Light design: Kim Chang-ki /
Lee Seong-heon
Producer: Kim Shinah
Performers: Cha Jong-hyun /
Oh Chang-ik / Lee Ji-min / BaeGa-yeong /
Kim Jung-hoon / Nam Jin-hyun /
Lee Jae-hyun / Jang doo-ik / Jeon Suk-ju

Argument, choreographed by Choe Sang-cheul, features the performers creating and developing images originating from the concept of arguing. The work engages in a fundamental examination of methods for communication in overcoming the anxieties of modern society, focusing on the notions of faulty communication, misunderstanding and the errors that occur in translation.

Argument examines the fundamental occurrence of arguing as a desire formulated when one cannot conquer the other’s difference, in other words, the desire to make the world filled with our own thoughts and ideas. This could easily result in war but argument allows us to exist in the world, to negotiate and somehow it becomes the base of our humanity. Argument seeks to expose this paradox

The Choe Contemporary Dance Company is a company that attempts to combine state-of-the-art multimedia with dance. The company is able to maximize visual elements by combining technologically generated images with dance. Far from being an easy cross-over, the Choe Contemporary Dance Company remarkably fuses advanced technology with precise and fluid movement on stage. The Choe Contemporary Dance Company, acclaimed for ‘multimedia dance’ was recently awarded by the Korean Dance Critic Association for their work.

Awards/Performances
2010
Winner of the Best Choreography and Music at the Dance Arts Award
Invited to ChangMu International Dance Festival in 2010 2011
PAMS Choice
2012
Invited to Suzanne Dellal Center in Israel
2013
Invited to the Attakkalari India Biennial, India