On 11th April 2017 the grand stage of the Studio Theatre in Warsaw hosted a dance performance "Shining Light" from South Korea. The performers – Kim MaeJa ChangMu Dance Company – were accompanied by the musicians of the NaMu ensemble.
The Kim MaeJa ChangMu Dance Company, under the artistic direction of Kim MaeJa, was founded in December 1976 for the dual purpose of reconstructing dance movement representative of the various periods of Korean history and of creating new movements and formats that reflect the thought and lifestyle of our contemporary world. In the years since its establishment, ChangMu troupe has initiated a transformation of Korean dance through innovative choreography that introduces new dance vocabularies and creative conbinations of dance movement with poetry and painting. This has stimulated a revitalization of creativity in Korean dance, enriching its resources with new idioms of movement and from. Yet all of this creativity and innovation is based firmly on the solid foundation of the troupe's mastery of all aspects of traditional Korean dance, including shaman dance, Buddhist dance, folk dance, and court dance. The troupe's founder and leader, Kim MaeJa, is today recognized as the leading performer and creator of Korean contemporary dance. Jennifer Dunning of the New York Times wrote about her:
Kim MaeJa is a noted dance pioneer and scholar in South Korea. She has a compelingly delicate and intelligent presence on stage.
Kim MaeJa contributes to the development of dance in Korea through the planning and execution of many international and domestic festivals, including the ChangMu International Arts Festival, Dance Opening the Future, the Dream and Vision Dance Festival, and the ChangMu Grand Dance Festival.
The Kim MaeJa ChangMu Dance Companys' dancers have introduced the world to the sprit and artistry of Korean dance at many world venues and events, touring 100 cities in 20 countries during the past 35 years. Places where they have performned include the Deutsche Opera Berlin, the Cairo Opera House, Kremlin Congress Hall, and the Kirov Theatre, the Lyon Dance Biennale and other world festivals.
During their performance in Warsaw, the troupe was accompanied by the Music Group NaMu. NaMu is a Korean traditional music ensemble, who made its official debut in 2015. Yet, NaMu collaborated with various artists from 2013 and crossed over many genres with wide range of projects such as dancing, classical music, jazz and so on. NaMu'ss leader, daegeum player and composer Aram Lee stands on the basis of tradition and incessantly presents work of musical art. He also has a talent for composing and is a able to cover wide ranges of music from traditional music to modern. Two musicians, janggu and ajaeng player Minwang Hwang and vocalist and percussionist Seongryong Yeo, make perfect balance with Aram Lee. All they have in common is each of them is outstanding soloist. Three all-round artists introduce novel repertory with near perfect performances. With NaMu's originality and creativity, the band receives the most attention of today's Korean traditional music scene.
Duration: about 60 min
Performance Group: the Kim MaeJa ChangMu Dance Company
Artistic Director: MaeJa Kim
Dancers: JiYeon Choi, MiSun Kim, SungEui Kim, JuHee Pack, JunHyeong Pak
Music: Music Group NaMu (Aram Lee, MinWang Hwang, SeoungRyong Yeo)