A Memorandum of Understanding has been signed by Korea National University of Arts and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, cementing the partnership between these two world class arts organisations (28 January 2015).
The signing was celebrated in front of a large audience of special guests, including delegates from the Korean Cultural Centre and the Arts Council Korea, who then enjoyed a performance by the University’s renowned K-Arts Dance Company.
President Ryol says: “I hope that we will be able to have continuous and reciprocal exchanges not only in the field of dance but also in other possible areas such as music and traditional arts. K-Arts promotes humanity, education and interdisciplinary programmes between different arts practices to support and meet the needs of new artistic creation.”
Trinity Laban Principal, Professor Anthony Bowne, comments: “Korea embraces creativity and culture and a complete understanding of how that enriches society, and there is nowhere that embodies that view more than K-Arts.
“K-Arts is Korea’s national conservatoire and has very similar missions and goals to our own, and we are very excited to be working with them, and developing the relationship in a rich and rewarding way.”
K-Arts Dance Company has thrilled audiences around the world in prestigious venues such as the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, and in Paris, Tokyo, Beijing and Stockholm.
The Korean Cultural Centre and Trinity Laban also hosted a symposium after the performance, Global Korean Wave: Dance Beyond Borders. Chaired by Trinity Laban’s Director of Dance, Mirella Bartrip, participants enjoyed a fascinating opportunity for cultural exchange through the discussion of current issues surrounding contemporary dance in Korea and the UK.
Guest speakers included Mi Sook Jeon (choreographer and Head of Dance Performance at K-Arts); Sun-Suk Hahn (Professor, Dance Arts, Sangmyung University); Sun-myung Oh (Manager, Performing Arts Center, Arts Council Korea and Producer, Dance Programme, Seoul Performing Arts Festival); and Chang Ho Shin (choreographer, Professor of Dance Performance at K-Arts and an alumnus of Transitions Dance Company, Trinity Laban’s own dance company).
During their visit, K-Arts dancers joined a contemporary dance class with members of Transitions , with Trinity Laban teacher and renowned UK choreographer Rahel Vonmoos taking them through their paces.
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