Weeklong celebration of dance“Forward Motion 2004,” which opens Monday at the Korean National University of Arts, celebrates more than 100 years of dance in the United Kingdom.
“Forward Motion” showcases 65 films on dance and offers lectures by critic Jane Pritchard and information on study opportunities by David Steele, president of the London School of Contemporary Dance.
The videos, some of them black and white, are gathered mostly from the archives of the British Council, BBC, Channel 4 and London Weekend Television.
The scope ranges from “Aurora’s Wedding” in 1936 with choreography by Marius Petipa to a score by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky; to “Giselle” in 1951 with Alicia Markova, the first British ballerina to perform Odette-Odile; to “The Green Table with Pina Bausch” in 1967. One of the more modern pieces is the 2000 “Critical Mass” by David Hinton, a well-known director in dance film.
The festival is organized by Conseil International de la Danse-Unesco and the British Council and hosted by five schools.
After opening at the University of Arts on Monday at 9 a.m., the event moves to Kookmin University on Tuesday at 1 p.m.; Kyung Hee University in Seoul on Wednesday at 3:30 p.m.; Sejong University on Thursday at 11 a.m.; and Seoul National University for the finale on Friday at 1 p.m.
Each day offers a different theme: “Russian Steps and New Beginnings” on Monday; “By Royal Appointment” on Tuesday; “New Moves” on Wednesday; “Progress in Steps and Dance Boom” on Thursday; and “Dance and Visual Arts” on Friday.
The events begin with a “Video Lecture,” followed by an introduction of dance schools in the United Kingdom by Mr. Steele. Visual presentations will be held after his talk. Ms. Pritchard, who will be speaking at “Video Lecture,” is a self described “theater person with a love of history.” She is also an archivist for the English National Ballet and the Rambert Dance Company.
by Joe Yong-hee
For more information, call (02) 763-1178. Events are free.