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Celebrity Series of Boston
Gary Dunning, President and Executive Director
Presents

Bereishit Dance Company
Boston Debut
 

February 8 & 9, 2020 — NEC’s Plimpton Shattuck Black Box Theatre

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Celebrity Series Press Room 

(Boston) Celebrity Series of Boston will present Bereishit Dance Company in their Boston debut on February 8 and 9, 2020, at NEC’s Plimpton Shattuck Black Box Theatre, 255 St. Botolph Street, Boston, MA. Performances will take place at 8pm on Saturday, February 8 and at 3pm on Sunday, February 9.

Tickets are limited and start at $60. They are available online at www.celebrityseries.org, or by calling (617) 482-6661 Monday-Friday 10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.

Founded in 2011 by choreographer Soon-ho Park, Bereishit is a Seoul-based dance company that approaches the Korean traditional culture from a contemporary view–keeping the fundamental value of things, as opposed to simply borrowing or transforming them. The work also explores the issues of identity and transformation and delves into multimedia, street dance, community dance work and real time interactive demonstration. It displays an amazing sensitivity towards space and rhythms and its performances are always delivered with kinesthetic clarity and power. Bereishit tours internationally and in the US has performed at notable venues such Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Pittsburgh Dance Council, ArtPower at UCSD, and Dance Salad Festival. The company has also set a work on the dance students of Rutgers University and George Mason University. 

Soon-ho Park majored in contemporary dance at Hansung University in Seoul, Korea, and actively worked as a professional dancer from 1992 to 2001. He then completed a choreography course at the Arnhem European Dance Development Center in The Netherlands where he developed his work, trying diverse experiments through his solo or trio pieces. He participated in many projects as a dancer in The Netherlands, Germany and other European countries and was selected as the New Choreographer by the German institution PACT Zollverein in 2003.

Soon-ho has done various works and projects with installation and media artists, and musicians, including a collaboration with Giga Hizume, who is the director of Sal Vanilla, a multimedia and live performance group in Japan. He has received major funding from Arts Council Korea, and awards including The Choreography Award of the Year by the Performing Arts and Film Review, The New Choreographer’s Award by the International Modern Dance Festival, and the Best Choreography Award both from the Korean Dance Researchers and Critics Association and the ChangMu Arts Center. His work opened the Festival Asia in Barcelona, Spain, in 2007. Since then, Soon-ho’s works have been presented at venues and festivals in many countries such as Poland, the United Kingdom, Brazil, Uruguay, India, Switzerland, and Mexico, amongst others.

In 2008, he was invited to the Asia-Africa Dance Exchange program of SIDance (Seoul International Dance Festival) and participated in its international residency program as a Program Director in 2009 and 2010.

In 2011, in collaboration with Australian choreographer Rebecca Hilton and the Art Center Nabi, Seoul, Soon-ho conceived the ‘Hello Project’, which is the Australia-Korea live public dance and screen project. Using only gestures and dance moves, the project utilized Skype technology on a grand scale, and tracked the sharing, teaching, learning and interpreting of different movement gestures as they were exchanged live via large public screens located in Seoul and Melbourne.

Soon-ho’s works convey the various images surrounding the relationship between nature and people. Focusing on the origin of movements, he is interested in the fact that every subject has two different ends in and of itself. Dutch critic Mark Ben referred to him as transmitting ‘astonishing stimulation’. Not using music simply as a tool in his dance works, he considers himself as the visual movement or bodily rhythm. He believes that sound can touch the heart and be expressed as movement. By seizing the subtle bodily rhythm in the works, he opens up the eyes and ears of his audience members.

Soon-ho’s choreography is acclaimed for its creation of something new, something which transcends the East and the West, dance and martial arts, and traditional and contemporary movement. Since 2004, in addition to his choreography work, Soon-ho has been actively working as a teacher, teaching contemporary dance techniques and choreography at more than 10 universities in Korea. Currently, he is an adjunct professor of dance at Hanyang University and a professor at Dankook University.

Program will include two works, Balance & Imbalance (2010), with live music performed by traditional Korean drummers, and Judo (2014), a piece which views sports as a way to control, mediate, traverse, and transcend the violent, churning urges within us.

Support for this performance is generously provided by the Barr Foundation through its ArtsAmplified initiative. This performance is also made possible in part by support from Celebrity Series LIVE PERFORMANCE! Arts for All Innovation Funds, with generous leadership support from Stephanie L. Brown Foundation and Jann E. Leeming & Arthur D. Little, Senior Trustees, Royal Little Family Foundation. Additional support provided by Paul & Elizabeth Kastner, Suzanne Priebatsch, and Sharon & Howard Rich.

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