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 Post subject: KANG SUN YOUNG Dance Company @ Lincoln Center
PostPosted: Fri Jul 28, 2006 12:04 pm 

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For Immediate Release (7/28/06):


KANG SUN YOUNG Dance Company

At The NEW YORK STATE THEATRE (Lincoln Center)

TUESDAY, AUGUST 8, 2006 7:30 pm

60 MEMBER COMPANY & 14 piece traditional Korean orchestra

Tickets are on sale for the Dance Event of the Summer! An exceptional
and exciting event occurs when A Legacy in Tradition: Kang Sun Young
Dance Company makes their NYC debut with a special performance at the
New York State Theatre - Lincoln Center (Broadway & 63rd Street), on
Tuesday, August 8th at 7:30 pm.

At the age of 12, over seventy years ago, Kang Sun Young began her lessons from
Dance Master, Han Seong Jun (1874-1942). He would later be known as a pioneer in
Korean traditional dance; establishing in 1930, the first Korean dance academy, to
preserve traditional Korean music and dances including the "Crane Dance" and "Tae
Pyung Mu." Today, Kang Sun Young, is known as the sole successor to his dances and
actively preserves traditional Korean dance. She established the Kang Sun Young
Traditional Dance Institute in 1951. In 1962, she began her 20 years as the national
choreographer for the Korean National Dance Company at the National Theater. Kang
has faithfully preserved the traditional dances taught to her and also created
original masterpieces. For more than 50 years, Kang has also taken her students,
the National Dance Company and her own dance company to over 100 different countries
and over 1000 performances for heads of state, national festivals and local
communities, presenting the rich and cultural heritage of traditional Korean dance.
In 1985, Kang became president of the Korean Dance Association; and elected in 1990
to head the Korean Association of Cultural and Art Organizations. In 1992, Kang
served as parliament member to the 14th National Assembly of Korea. She was the
first dancer to serve as legislator.

Han Seong Jun originally choreographed "Tae Pyung Mu" after studying the rhythms of
a Shamanistic ritual performed in the ancient palace courts to pray for the
country's peace and prosperity. It's hallmarks are the light and rapid foot
movements. In 1988, the Korean government officially designated Han Seong Jun's
"Tae Pyung Mu" as Intangible Cultural Asset no. 92, and Kang Sun Young as the person
to hold the title to best preserve "Tae Pyung Mu" in its original form. She
established in 1998, the Tae Pyung Mu Initiation Hall and Academy, for students to
learn the dances and visitors to see performances of traditional Korean dances.

The Kang Sun Young Dance Company, including Kang herself (possibly her last time on
stage) will perform the treasured traditional dances that she has devoted her life
to preserve including dances that she also created which are now traditional in
Korean dance repertory. On stage will be four generations, Master Han Seong Jun's
dances, Kang Sun Young, her students and her students' students, totaling a company
of 60 members plus a 14 piece traditional Korean orchestra performing A Legacy in
Tradition. The engagement is presented by: The Ministry of Culture and Tourism
Republic of Korea; The Cultural Heritage Administration; City of Anseong; Korea
National Tourism Organization; Korea Central Daily News; Korean Cultural Service New
York; The Korean American Association of Greater NY; The Korean American Association
of Greater NJ; The Tae Pyung Mu Initiation Academy; and The Kang Sun Young Arts

Tickets are $25 (4 Ring C-O, 5th Ring), $45 (2nd Ring, 3rd Ring 4th Ring
A-B), $95 (1st Ring) & $65 (orchestra). Tickets are on sale at the
Box Office, and through Center Charge (212) 721-6500. For information
please call (212) 870-5570.

National Press Representative: KPM Associates / Kevin P. McAnarney (212)
581-3836 phone & fax

301 West 45th Street # 9 - D New York, NY 10036

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