(Ashland, Ore.) – Dankook University’s (DKU) traditional dance troupe will present a free performance at SOU’s Music Recital Hall Tuesday, November 13 at 7:00 p.m. The program, “Open Our Hearts and Become One,” includes ten dances, each featuring colorful and elaborate costumes and traditional Korean themes.
The president of Dankook University, Hosung Chang, says, “Traditional Korean dance, the unique art in which our nation’s spirit lives, lets our ancestors share our joy and grief together with their descendants through the unique dance moves. The dynamic, innovative breath of dance has the power to add rhythm and excitement to our lives.”
The dancers are directed by Dr. Kim Hyun Sook, director of the Korean Society of Dance, dean of the Graduate School of Culture, Arts and Design, and director of the Cheonan City Dance Company. She was also the choreographer of the Korean dance performances during the opening ceremonies for the 1986 Asian Games and the 1988 Summer Olympics.
The Director of SOU’s Office of International Programs Dr. Gary Miller says, “Dankook University and SOU have been partners in higher education for several decades, and we welcome this latest cultural exchange. It is a rare opportunity to enjoy a fantastic performance of the internationally acclaimed DKU Korean traditional dancers.”