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Dancing Grandmothers

Choreography: Eun-Me Ahn

Eun-Me Ahn Company

Eun-Me Ahn, the visionary of South Korean dance, once again takes a close look at the society of her home country. In "Dancing Grandmothers", the choreographer and companion of Pina Bausch unites her company ensemble with South Korean grandmothers, who give the production its name.

On a research trip through South Korea in 2010, Eun-Me Ahn approached various grandmothers and asked them to dance for her at the edge of a field, a bus stop, in the hairdressing salon, or in the shopping center. She then filmed the women and the joy they conveyed through their movements. The carefree expression of bliss stood at odds with the histories of harsh living conditions inscribed into the ageing bodies. Eun-Me Ahn met women who experienced the Second World War, the Korean War, and the rapid technologization of the country: "Whenever we met a grandmother, the modern history of Korea came alive through their bodies, as if they were a history book of our country, more concrete than any written or spoken word."

Based on these encounters, the images filmed in the provinces and the reactions of the dancers in her company, Ahn developed a lively show that has lost none of its relevance ten years later. The loving and sensitive interactions between the performers not only allow a special insight into another culture, but they also contribute universal truths about the conversation between generations.

"Dancing Grandmothers" oscillates between delicacy and complexity, between virtuosity and humor, and combines the different body languages of the young and old performers. It is, simply put, an ode to life.

with the support of Arts Council Korea and Dancers' Career Development Center

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Production: Eun-Me Ahn Company, Doosan Arts Center
Coproduktion: Festival Paris Quartier d’Eté

Dancers: Eun-Me Ahn, Hyekyoung Kim, Seyeon Kim, Haejin Yun, Gaon Han, Sunjae Jo, Uiyoung Jung, Deokyeong Kim, Hyeonseok Lee, Yongsik Moon
Grandmothers:

Chang Nang Ahn, Kisook Ahn, Chunja Choi, Kyungja Kang, Bok Soon Kong, Jung Tae Lee, Soonhwa Lee, Dongsun Noh, Myungsin Park
Music: Young-Gyu Jang
Stage & Costumes: Eun-Me Ahn
Set design: Sunny Im/ Yunkwan Design
Lighting: Jin-Young Jang
Video director: Tae-Seok Lee
Pictures: Jiwoong Nam, Seunghwan KIM, Sangwha Lee, Taeseok Lee
Technical management: Jimyung Kim

Technical crew: Thomas Boudic, Yann Champelovier, Haesung Lee, Alexandre Pluchino

Age: 8+
Language notice: no language

Photo: Eunji Park

Duration: 1h 30m
no interval

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