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The First Annual Korean Culture Week


Oct 19, 2016

SOURCE: Korean Cultural Center DC

Thursday, October 20 @ 6pm
NANTA(Highlight) by PMC Production
Non-verbal Music & Comedy Performance



The electric energy of NANTA, a one-of-a-kind comic, musical, non-verbal performance, draws inspiration from the traditional Korean percussion ensemble Samulnori. Set in a kitchen, a quartet of chefs transform knives and other handy utensils into musical instruments, thrilling audiences with high-flying cabbage and driving upbeat rhythms that blend a Korean tempo with Western style. Come see what NANTA is cookin’ in this unforgettable performance of the show’s most recognizable highlights.

NANTA has been one of the most popular ongoing shows in Korea since it premiered in 1997, drawing the largest number of spectators in Korean stage history. NANTA’s international debut came in 1999 at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and it went on to become the first performance from Asia to open its own off–Broadway Theater in New York City.

Friday, October 21 @ 6 pm
Korean National Gugak Center
Traditional Music and Dance



The National Gugak Center is the headquarters for Korean traditional music and performing arts, with a history dating back over 1,400 years ago to the royal music institute of the ancient Silla dynasty in the first millennium. The Center cultivates and preserves for future generations a broad variety of performing arts traditions ranging from royal court music and dance to contemporary innovations on traditional music.

This show presents a variety of the most well-known Korean folk music and ensemble dance repertories to demonstrate the abundance and profoundness of Korea’s traditions and heritage. It includes shinawi, an instrumental ensemble with improvisation derived from shamanistic music, and pansori, a deeply moving musical genre combining narrative song, storytelling, and body movements accompanied by solo percussion. In addition, seungmu is among the most well-known solo folk dances developed from Buddhist monks, and the iconic folk music of Gyeongsang Province, including namdogutgeori and seongjupuri, will round out the performance.

Saturday, October 22 @ 6 pm
Darkness PoomBa by Modern Table Company
Contemporary Dance



Darkness PoomBa is inspired by the Korean tradition of the outspoken itinerant entertainers known as poomba, reimagined as a contemporary dance blending vocalise, physical comedy, rock music, and soulful, melancholy song reminiscent of the blues tradition. Poomba has evolved into a type of community theater performance art, and Modern Table has taken this evocative genre a step further with modern stage production and choreography. At its core is an everyday sadness expressed with such raw passion and verve that audiences inevitably become part of the show, as well as the keen social dialogue at work.

Modern Table, founded in 2006 and led by choreographer Kim Jae-duk, is a contemporary dance company that aims to communicate with audiences through interdisciplinary performances and creative projects. Dance is at the group’s core, but they have also created a genre-bending stage musical blending Korean pansori (traditional solo storytelling through song) with rock and hip-hop. Modern Table is famous for breaking the “fourth wall” that normally separates performers from the audience, and for expressing traditional Korean themes in a contemporary artistic language. Their signature works include Darkness PoomBa, Jokers’ Blues, Simcheong Guys, Awake, Clocker, Kick, Sinawi, Hey Men, Sinawi Sanjo, Earthquake, and Smile.

The First Annual Korean Culture Week

‘Tradition and Transition’

Thursday – Saturday, October 20 – 22 at 6:00 p.m. daily
Millennium Stage at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
2700 F St NW, Washington, DC 20566


Korean Cultural Center: www.KoreaCultureDC.org (call: 202-939-5688)
Kennedy Center: www.kennedy-center.org (call: 202-467-4600)

The Korean Cultural Center Washington, D.C. proudly presents the First Annual Korean Culture Week at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, October 20 – 22, 2016. This three-day event based on the theme of “tradition and transition” will take American audiences on a journey spanning ancient Korean folk culture to the dynamic contemporary arts of today, through a diversity of richly textured live performances.


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