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Focus on Korea at the Théâtre national de Chaillot

On the agenda of the Focus on Korea are five of the most prestigious to the most experimental Korean troupes, with premieres in France, particularly one created piece, the fruit of Franco-Korean collaboration for the France in Korea Year.
After having welcomed, for the opening of the France-Korea Year in September 2015, the outstanding performances of Jongmyo Jeryeak of the National Gugak Center, the Théâtre national de Chaillot has dedicated the month of June 2016 to the discovery of Korean contemporary dance. Its Month of Korean Dance Focus has scheduled five shows of the most prestigious and experimental troupes. Four of them will premiere in France.

Modern Feeling and OWN MHz

A dual program brings together, in one evening, choreographer Insoo Lee with his show, Modern Feeling, and choreographer Pansun Kim with OWN MHz.       
Insoo Lee finds his inspiration in hip hop, modern dance and dance-theater. Pansum Kim, remarkable performer of Emmanuel Gat, embodies dance in its most current form. Both choreographers will share the stage to show the full vitality of Korean contemporary dance.
  • June 8-10, 2016 

Already Not Yet

Since time immemorial, and up until today, going into limbo cries out to Koreans. In the country of tranquil mornings, travel to eternity promises appeasement, as well as dynamism. The Korean National Contemporary Dance Company and choreographer Aesoon Ahn, a must on the Korean scene, revisits this ancestral motif in Already Not Yet, in a contemporary choreographic language.
  • June 9 and 11, 2016


By calling his/her new creation Immixture, Sung-soo Ahn has created an invigorating tribute to the encounter of cultures, proving by this that Koreans are fervent world citizens. Musicality, precision, lightness and vitality are the trademarks of his subtle and refined ballet, combining traditional Korean music, Western classical music, and percussions from the East.
  • June 15-17, 2016

L’Âge du temps

Invited by the National Theater of Korea to set up a work with the dancers and musicians of the Korean National Ballet, French choreographer José Montalvo has become immersed in a world of Korean dances, colors, sounds, beats and shapes to pay a joyful tribute to the riches they convey. His creation, L'Âge du temps, can be defined as a game of diversions of the immemorial shapes of Korean dances, their intentions, their original senses, like a dialogue between the choreographic world of today and long-standing treasures. This show, performed in Seoul on March 23-27, 2016, has inaugurated the France in Korea Year.
  • June 16-24, 2016
This Focus on Korea falls within the scope of the 2015-2016 France-Korea Year, which has been celebrating 130 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries.


Photograph above : L'Âge du temps, by José Montalvo, with the Korean National Ballet © Cyang Dong Min