Splendour of Korea
Chae Hyang Soon Dance Company
A sensational spectacular celebrating the charm and grace of Korean dance
"Colourful and culturally enlightening" – The Birmingham News
Flair, exuberance, meditative grace and intense energy are on display in this enthralling performance by Chae Hyang Soon Dance Company, the renowned Seoul-based folk art group that transports Korean traditional dance and music to new heights. On the programme are 12 classical works encompassing a range of styles. Seungmu (Buddhist Dance) and Geommu (Sword Dance) are both classed among Korea's Important Intangible Cultural Properties. Serene Chukyeonmu also captures Korean beauty to the full while fan dance Floral Banquet, a visually enchanting piece with elaborate costumes, is beloved by audiences for its harmony and beauty. The riveting show also features the spiritually enlightening Buddhist piece, Hwahyeonmu, which symbolically illustrates the endless cycles of Nature; the uplifting Taffy Stick Dance, depicting the festive atmosphere of a bustling, traditional Korean marketplace; and Wind Drum, the work most identified with the dance company. Here, performers play a striking array of large drums, radiating vibrant energy that showcases the inner strength and passion of Korean women.