Korean Traditional Dance and Costume's Debut on Carnegie HallA performance of Korean traditional dances along with a fashion show featuring traditional costumes will be staged at the main auditorium of Carnegie Hall in New York.
The Institute of Korean Traditional Culture (IKTC) in cooperation with Maison de Lee Young-hee Co.Ltd announced that they will stage the performance, entitled 'Winds of History,' at Carnegie Hall at 8 p.m. on June 30.
A spokesperson from the Korean Cutural Center in New York said that,"This will be a significant performance because this will be the first time that Korean traditional dances and costumes will be shown together at Carnegie Hall, a venue well-known for its selective criteria."
The first half of the performance will feature drum dances such as the bukchum, along with traditional spiritual and shamanistic dances.
The second half, will be composed of a fashion show that will chronicle the evolution of Korean fashion from the traditional to the modern. The fashion show will is entitled 'Winds of History' and is named after a Buddhist ceremony held during the Shilla Dynasty .
In Nam-soon, representative of IKTC said that, "It took a long time, 3 years in all, to get approval from Carnegie Hall for this presentation. We will try to imbue our cutural originality to those who know Korea only because of the Korean War."
The total cost of the performance is $720,000. Money for the performance will be collected at a 'Patronage Night' fundraiser at the Shilla Hotel on April 25. In addition to the fundraiser, the Korean Culture and Arts Foundation (KCAF) and the Ministry of Culture and Tourism will donate an extra $35,000 to offset the cost of the performance.
by Kim Hyun-jung