Poomba was kind of melody often sung by beggars on the street in Korean history. It has become part of the traditional music and is heard in festive occasions. Choreographer KIM re-interprets the music in a contemporary form and combines it with highly physical movements to create an evening of music and dance. The sighs and the dark mood in the singing reflect the deep emotions of anger, sorrow and grief when these melodies were being sung. The frantic rhythm of dance similar to that of Dionysus conveys a fear to be defeated when darkness falls. Despite the heavy starting point, the work is charged with high emotion and very engaging dynamics. It rocks!
KIM Jae Duk is a multi-talented artist, who is well versed in both dance and music. Under his directorship, Modern Table Contemporary Dance Company has special interest in interdisciplinary performances and projects that transgress borders between genres and break the barriers between the audience and the stage. Their performances range across different art forms including contemporary dance, musical, Pan-sori, rock music and hip-hop. Mass pop culture is reinterpreted with academic sophistication and traditional Korean themes are given a contemporary form. The Company’s outstanding style has made it popular among the young generation and brought much attention from the critics and the general public.
“...Kim Jae Duk’s work grabs my attention the most…his innovative approaches, like reinterpreting Pam-sori as a kind of blues or establishing the company’s identity as Korean troubadour, are refreshing.“Daisuke Muto, FU PLUS (Japan)