Interview with Yoonsoo Kim, Choreographer of “Silla”

Based on the ancient Persian epic, ‘Kush Nama’,

‘Silla’ is a performing arts that describe the great epic with the fantastic stage arts.

And Yoonsoo Kim, the choreographer of the show delivers the story through the arts of body

and his dance is mainly consist of Korean traditional dance which is very beautiful and dynamic.

Here below the interview with him.


Yoonsoo Kim, Choreographer of ‘Silla’
The top dancer of the National Dance Company
Awarded by ‘Kim Baikbong Arts Arward’

 
 
Q. What is your point on the choreography of “Silla”?
-I focused on the cause-and-effect in the story. In other words, the flow of the story and the fantasy.
Therefore, I have thought many times on the motions and description replacing dance to describe the changes of the character.
For example, at some point, the characters move all together like one person.
On the other hands, each character has its own personality and specific figure to show the crash of ideologies from one and another.
Also, I tried to complete it under the scrip and the direction of the director.
Q. You might have concerned a lot following the director’s structure of new genre and concepts. 
 
– Seongsin Choi, the director, is very creative person who always creats a new direction.
I think, therefore, he could created this performance which is created as new genre.
 New ideas from the staffs support the creative thinking of the director
and they complete the new genre and the structure of this performance.
The new genre which is so called ‘performance like a show’ is completed by the equipment including the stage and the light.
And the dance maximizes the story describing the flow.

Q. Then what is the role and the effect of the dance in the performance where the technology of stage is maximized?
 
– It is required to have a medium that connect the technology, the story and the characters.
I think, ‘Dance’ is the importance medium which give the connection.
Through the dance, the equipment and the space are explained.
While the stage equipment and the music attract audiences’ audio-visual sense,
the dance attracts their emotion and helps them to understand the story.

Q. Actually, the visual distinction between the people from Silla and the people from Persian is clear.
Do you have any distinction on the dance between the two ethnics?
– As you mentioned,
the two ethnics are distinguished from one and another one dimensional way including the stage, costumes, and lights.
In addition, it is required to consider there cultural communication tradition such as motion and language.
Unfortunately, there are not many resources regarding Persia.
Therefore, the imagination is required.
As Persia is masculine nation, it is described as military culture using dynamic and powerful motion.
On the other hands, Silla is described as the opposite style such as soft and tolerant world.
From the distinction of choreography describing the two nation,
it is clear to see the good and the evil when the two nation appear at the same time.

Q. I’ve heard that the choreography of upgraded ‘Silla’ is based on ‘Korean newly arts dance(신무용)’
Could you please explain about the ‘Korean newly arts dance’?
 
– The meaning of ‘Korean newly arts dance’ is  ‘a dance which is newly created from 1920 in Korea’.
The genre is a importance cultural asset for the history of modern dance in Korea.
Because it is a bridge between the traditional dance and contemporary creation.
Most distinguished part which shows ‘Korean newly arts dance’ is the finale which consists of ‘Hyangbalmu’.
It is really attractive dance in which dancers hold ‘Hyangbal(Small percussion)’.
I borrowed elements of the ‘Korean newly arts dance’
while the whole dance structure is distinguished from the ‘Korean newly arts dance’.
Also, every elements including stage, light, costumes and make-up are well harmonized in the finale.
The ‘Korean newly arts dance’ is reflected as ‘old styled dance’ or ‘traditional dance’ but it is still realized on the stage with new format.
I hope I could retain the dance for the future.
Q. Do you have any specific philosophy as a choreographer of Korean dance?
– Korean dance has a long history. Therefore, it is required to understand its history and meaning through the dance.
I  feel a call to present the dance with the deep value of Korean dance as well as to transform it contemporary value.

2017 Jeongdong Theater Gyeongju Brand Performance

Performing Art <Silla>

▶Period : Until December 31

▶Time : Mon-Sat 7.30 pm (No performance on Sundays)

▶Venue : Gyeongju World Cultural Expo Theater (Cultural Center)

▶Ticket : VIP 50,000 won / R 30,000 won / S 20,000 won

▶Inquiry : +82-(0)54-740-3800

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