About the show //////////////////////////
A three word title in the Morning Calm Country language : AhnSim Dance.
Let's analyze it from the end :
For « Dance », well... no need of translation.
« Sim » can be translated in English by "mind" or state of mind".
« Ahn » . it's the name of the choreographer, the name of a woman bursting with energy and joie de vivre who moves everything on her way : codes, conventions... and - above all - people. But "Ahn" also means "comfortable", "safe" in Korean.
Natural disasters, terrorist attacks, economical crisis, ... The least we can say is that we are living troubled times. Yet, the same message comes again and again : "Everything is fine. Don't worry. We take care of you." We are repeatedly told that we live in united societies in which everyone can find a place. Yet some are left aside along the way...
For the fist part of the trilogy about handicap and difference, Eun-Me Ahn has chosen to work with visually-impaired people.
On stage, amateur and professional dancers are on a equal footing. With white sticks as unique props (successively becoming swings, clocks, taxi or a pillory), they take us into a chiaroscuro world, going from a dream ethereal univers in which black and white prevail, to a Technicolor one where the visually-impaired évoque with humour and a touching innocence the sometimes cruel and often revolting reality of their everyday-life and their handicap. But no pathos here... on the contrary.
It is joie de vivre, taking its roots in an amazing survival force, that prevails in a whirlwind of color and energy such as only Eun-Me Ahn knows how to create.
Ahnsim Dance is a manifesto against indeifference, a call to awareness :
"If we all want to feel safe, we need to open the eyes and act. And this is going to happen through others, because together we are stronger and we can make something beautiful."
Choreography and artistic direction: Eun-Me Ahn
Music: Young-Gyu Jang
Artistic advisor : Chun Wooyoung
Costumes and set design : Eun-Me Ahn
Set : Sunny Im / Yunkwan Design
Lighting design : Jin-Young Jang
Video : Taeseok Lee
Production : Eun-Me Ahn Company, KSPO & Co
On tour with the support of KAMS / Center Stage Korea
Eun-Me Ahn is associated artist of Théâtre de la Ville-Paris 2018-2019 season.
Work for 9 dancers and 6 blind amateurs
Running time : 75'
25 people on tour
Eun-Me Ahn on Tour /////////////////////
21 Feb. 2020 : Théâtre de Liège, Festival Pays de Danse (BE) - North Korea Dance
03 March 2020 : Théâtre de Rungis (FR) - Let Me Change Your Name
06 March 2020 : L'Arsenal, Cité Musicale de Metz (FR) - North Korea Dance
10 March 2020 : Théâtre du Crochetan, Monthey (CH) - North Korea Dance
17-18 March 2020 : MC2, Grenoble (FR) - North Korea Dance
21 March 2020 : MA-Scène Nationale, Montbéliard (FR)- North Korea Dance
27-28 March 2020 : Teatro Central, Séville (ES) - North Korea Dance
31 March 2020 : Théâtre du Vellein, Villefontaine (FR) - North Korea Dance
O3 Apr. 2020 : Théâtre de Villefranche, Villefranche sur Saône (FR) - North Korea Dance
14-17 Apr. 2020 : Maison de la Danse, Lyon (FR) - North Korea Dance
23-24 Apr. 2020 : Théâtre Molière - Scène Nationale de Sète (FR) - North Korea Dance
28 Avr. 2020 : Le Quartz - Scène Nationale de Brest (FR) - Dancing Grandmothers
02 May 2020 : Festival DDD, Porto (PT) - North Korea Dance
07-09 May 2020 : Dansenshus, Oslo (NO) - North Korea Dance