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Paek Hyang-Ju to perform Choe Seung-Hee's dances from Apr. 22

Paek Hyang-Ju to perform Choe Seung-Hee's dances from Apr. 22

Posted April. 19, 2001 16:28,   


Korean-Japanese dancer Paek Hyang-Ju, 25, who was spotlighted for her revival of the works of legendary dancer Choe Seung-Hee, will perform in Korea for the first time in two years. Her performance, ``Paek Hyang-Ju Dance – Goddess Dance,`` will take place at the Artspool Center of Korea Electric Power Corporation in Socho-dong from Apr. 22.

Like her previous performances in 1998 and 1999, the repertoire will include Choe Seung-Hee`s dances such as ``Choripdong`` and ``Kwanum Posalmu,`` but she will also present new pieces this time.

Now practicing in Tokyo to put the final touches to her dances, she has shown deep attachment to the ``Goddess Dance`` choreographed by Kook Soo-Ho to a flute solo composed by Yoon E-Sang. This work lasts ten minutes and attracted a favorable response in its premiere at the Tokyo Art Theater in Japan in January.

The performances start at 6 p.m. on Apr. 22 and 8 p.m. on Apr. 23, while tickets are priced at 20,000-40,000 won (tel. 02-3486-0145). She became known to Korean fans through her Seoul performances in 1998 and 1999 when she revived Choe Seung-Hee`s pieces such as ``Choripdong,`` ``Mudang Chum`` (Shaman`s Dance) and ``Kwanum Posal Chum`` (Dance of the Buddhist Goddess of Mercy).

Kim Gab-Sik gskim@donga.com