About Cheok by Ae-Soon Ahn

A sophisticated dance about body and space

National Asian Culture Center, 2021

Cheok is the traditional Asian standard of measurement, meaning ‘span of the hand.’ Resisting the uniform standardisation of society, this personal and individual measurement is the guiding principle of renowned Korean Choreographer Ae-soon Ahn’s visually enticing reflection of the nature of precision.

Mysterious and virtuosic solos and groups connect and communicate in a rich and sensuous landscape of light, video, sound, and movement, creating new connections between humans: not building on logical precision, but rediscovering traditional Asian values. Six exquisite dancers create delicate scenes where memories of ancient systems offer a key to the future.

A Festival of Korean Dance 2024, including Kontemporary Korea, is supported by Korean Cultural Centre UK and Korea Arts Management Service, produced in partnership with The Place, The Lowry, Tramway, Dance City and Pavilion Dance South West.

About Ae-soon Ahn

Ae-soon Ahn offers clear and flexible movements, sophisticated rhythms, and brilliant use of space. Based on Korean traditions and her perspective on Eastern aesthetics, Ahn has been focusing on attempting diverse experiments and creations in contemporary dances. Serving as the Art Director at Ae-soon AHN Dance Company, Arko Arts Theater, and Korea National Contemporary Dance Company, Ahn has been presenting experimental choreographs in Bulssang, AlreadyNotYet, Zero One Dimension. She participated in Rencontres chorégraphiques Internationales de Bagnolet Seine-Saint-Denis in France for the first time as a Korean choreographer and was invited to and positively received at Chaillot National Theater in France and Liège Theater in Belgium.


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Cast and Creatives

Credit Choreographer and Artistic Director: Ae-soon Ahn
Producer: Y. Chan Lee
Dramaturge: Jiyeon Kim
Stage Art: Jongseok Kim
Lighting Designer: Seungho Lee
Music: Minjoon Park
Video: Mirim Choo
Wardrobe: Seoyoon Lee
Stage Manager Tour Manager: Hyojin Sarah Kim
Dancer: Sang Ruly Han, Kyung Min Ji, Yura Park, Yunseung Do, Do Hyun Kim, Seung Joo Lee
Distributor: National Asian Culture Center Foundation
Foundation President: Seonok Kim
Distribution Team Leader: Jeongran Cho
Distribution Producer: Seohyun Park
Photographer: Hyuntae Bae
Production: National Asian Culture Center, Ae-soon Ahn
Management: Yellowbomb

Sponsor: National Jeongdong Theater of Korea

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