Korean Cultural Center, Washington, D.C.

OCT. - DEC. 2017

The Korean Cultural Center Washington, D.C. strives to play a positive
role in our community as an open cultural space where people can
experience the full breadth of Korean culture through art exhibitions,
live performances, film events, literature in translation, Korean language
classes, Taekwondo programs, educational outreach, and much more.

The KCC also serves as a hub of communication between Korea and the
United States located in Washington, D.C., the heart of international
politics and a cultural capital of the world. Through the medium of
Korean culture, we engage broadly with the American public, fellow
cultural institutions, and the greater international community.

For more, please visit

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October - December 2017

03 The 2nd Annual Korean Culture Week November 7-9

07 PERFORMING ARTS | OnStage Korea
Fairytale December 5

Hangeul: The Aesthetics of the Lines October 6-27
Beneath the Surface November 3-30
Two Reflections: Korean and American Artists
December 8-January 24
Confront Humanity and Nature

Take Off October 12, 26
Train to Busan November 2, 16
Luck-Key December 7, 21


* All events are held at the KCC unless otherwise noted. Most events also require
an RSVP or registration, available at
The 2nd Annual Korean Culture Week

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
(Millennium Stage and Terrace Theater)
2700 F Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20566
Tickets: Free with an RSVP
Inquiries: / 202.797.6343

The Korean Cultural Center Washington, D.C. proudly presents the 2nd Annual
Korean Culture Week at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts,
offering three exciting evenings of outstanding performing arts, November 7-9!

Novemeber 7 Bereishit Dance Company . . . . . . . . . . . . Pg.4
Novemeber 8 World Music Ensemble E-Do .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. Pg.5
Novemeber 9 Modern Ballet Work .. .. .. .. .. .. .. . . . . . Pg.6

Kim Beaudet Photography ©
The 2nd Annual Korean Culture Week

NOVEMBER 7, TUESDAY @ 6:00 PM | Bereishit Dance Company
Millenium Stage, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

The acclaimed Seoul-
based Bereishit Dance
Company approaches
Korean traditional culture
from a contemporary
view: keeping the funda-
mental value of things,
as opposed to simply bo-
rrowing or transforming
them. Balance and Im-
balance juxtaposes the
dancers longside drum-
mers and singers of the traditional Korean vocal storytelling genre pansori,
while sport meets dance in the rigorous male duet Bow Control, inspired by
the Korean tradition of archery.
The company is known to display an amazing sensitivity towards space and
rhythm, offering performances delivered with kinesthetic clarity and power.
Bereishit Dance Company has extensively toured internationally including
03 | 04 shows at at the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival and Dance Salad Festival in Houston.
The 2nd Annual Korean Culture Week

NOVEMBER 8, WEDNESDAY @ 6:00 PM | World Music Ensemble E-Do
Millenium Stage, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Art

World Music Ensemble E-Do is an ensemble of six talented musicians who
combine traditional and contemporary rhythms with consummate ease. The
group’s name comes from the first name of King Sejong the Great, a towering
figure during Korea’s ancient Joseon Dynasty. The philosophical background
for E-Do's music is to create music for the modern era that can be enjoyed by
all and to share it freely in Korea and beyond.
E-Do presents audiences with the traditions of Korean traditional music,
known as gugak, as well as modern Korean music, along with an engaging mix
of traditional and modern instruments, highlighting the beauty and balance
of traditional Korean music. The group’s works include original songs based
on traditional music as well as fresh interpretations of traditional repertoires.
The 2nd Annual Korean Culture Week

NOVEMBER 9, THURSDAY @ 7:30 PM | Modern Ballet Work
Terrace Theater, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Art
Tickets: $25 (For tickets, visit

Work showcases the beauty of modern ballet through raw and joyful body
movements accompanied by live classical music. In an effort to expand the
common understanding of ballet, Work strives to break apart the at-times
pretentious, elegant, and pristine image of ballet to inspire the general public
to more easily approach the genre.
Ballet often emphasizes techniques and accomplishments in competition,
which leads us to forget about fundamentals, according to the Kim Yong-geol
Dance Theater. Therefore this performance centers on the significance of ballet
barres. “The act of choreographing modern ballet really thrills me,” says
choreographer Yong-geol Kim. 'I feel much more alive than choreographing
classical ballets.'
As is often the case in modern Korean arts, this performance also offers a
two-way interaction. Live music is performed to the sensitive movements of
dancers, with both artists feeling the piece together and exuding a natural
synergy. “Musicians often provide only auditory harmony,” says guitarist
Jung-shil Suh. “But [here] I am able to offer visual harmony as well, and that
has been an exceptional experience.”

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Traditional Korean Music Group, Fairytale
Studio Theatre
1501 14th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20005
Tickets: Free with an RSVP
Inquiries: / 202.797.6343

Kim Beaudet Photography ©

The Korean Cultural Center Washington, D.C. has invited the innovative tradi-
tional Korean music band, Fairytale, for the 6th Showcase of the 2017 Season
of OnStage Korea on December 5, 2017.
Fairytale, formed in 2011 with the motto to "communicate with the world
through music,” seeks to create music with pure sensibility as they try to stay
faithful to their group's namesake. They wish to be pure, innocent, and
emotional. This group also aims to get as close to the audience as possible,
gripping them with their music. They have been performing on the streets,
in small theaters, and pursuing other up-close and personal audiences in order
to expand and reach their artistic goals.
Fairytale’s music is based on Korean traditional music, however, this group
aims to achieve the perfect balance between traditional and contemporary
Korean music. Fairytale will make their Washington, D.C. premiere presenting
a major repertoire, The Land of Poet, including Until Peonies Bloom, Moonlight,
the Sun of Mind, High Spirits, and White Shadow.

Fairytale's performance was created based on a story from a famous piece of
Korean poetry, blended with dramatic theater methods. Fairytale seeks to
convey the emotions and rhythm from the poetry with their audience, utilizing
their musical styles and perspective.

Fairytale was selected for the Traditional ING, a project by Jungdong Theater
in Seoul, Korea to find creative traditional artistic groups in 2014, where they
presented a musical, The Report on the Earth from Little Prince. They sought
ways to intertwine stories and music through A Piece of Warm Word, a con-
cert adopting the form of a music broadcast. They released their first album
Sway with the Fairy Dream in 2013, and their second album Another Dream
in 2015, which includes vocal songs with the lyrics of poems and music with
the theme of nature. Fairytale was selected to showcase their work at the
Asia Pacific Music Meeting in 2015, which implies the recognition of their
potential for overseas markets.

Yu-Seok Seo | Daegeum
Yun-Jin Go | Haegeum
Jin-Yeong Cho | Geomungo
Gyeong-Jin Park | Percussion
Chami | Composer
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OCTOBER 6 - 27 | Hangeul: Aesthetics of the Line 한글, 선들의 미학
Opening Reception: October 6, Friday @ 6:00 PM
Artists: EunHye Kang

Connecting a line. Drawing a line. Hanging a line in space. EunHye Kang’s
work, deeply rooted in and inspired by the lines of hangeul (the Korean alpha-
betic writing system), can be divided into two main types: patterning with
Korean characters, and string installations. For Kang, Korean characters, with
their geometric and abstract elements, possess enormous potential as a
design and fine art motif. As an artist she has been ceaselessly integrating
visual images and architectural spaces using the geometric concept of a line,
analyzing a space in accordance with the design of Hangeul. Her installation
work usually begins with inspiration from the space, then systematic research
on the space from an aesthetic perspective, and finally implementing visual,
auditory, or synesthetic effects derived from a convergence of geometric
elements in that space.

NOVEMBER 3 - 30 | Beneath the Surface 표면 아래에
Opening Reception: November 3, Friday @ 6:00 PM
Artists: Nara Park and Sui Park

Nara Park

Two women artists set out to explore the relationship between the nature in
which we live and the creatures that live within it. Nara Park’s immersive,
expansive installations recreate the appearance of nature and present a ques-
tion about how we judge whether a surface-oriented culture of human be-
ings truly exists on the inside. Sui Park creates the uncanny appearance of
three-dimensional organisms, expressing the elegance and diversity of life
forms that can exist in nature. Both artists share the use of cheap, disposable
materials to create new physical forms, to infuse life, and to overcome exist-
ing values.

Sui Park

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DECEMBER 8 - JANUARY 24 | Two Reflections: Korean and American Artists
Confront Humanity and Nature 두개의 시선
Opening Reception: December 8, Friday @ 6:00 PM
Artists: Yongsun Suh and Don Kimes

Two Reflections draws connections and contrasts between a Korean and an
American artist, portraying the common anguish and pain caused by two
different entities, nature and humanity, neither of which can be wholly rejected
in our lives. Through his paintings, Don Kimes has been re-transforming and
reinventing the sense of destruction and ruined loss caused by the unnatural
power of nature following a devastating flood of his home and studio years
ago, while Yongsun Suh expresses the conflict, aspiration, and anguish created
by humans living in a city through his vibrant, evocative drawings. The result
is a sublimation of the artistic languages of two culturally and stylistically
distinct artists.

Don Kimes

Youngsun Suh

OCTOBER 12 & 26, THURSDAYS @ 6:30 PM | Take Off 국가대표
Appetizer Social @ 6:00 PM before each show

The joy and sorrow of the first Korean national ski jump team takes center
stage in this thrilling sports classic. In 1997, the county of Muju in South Korea
bids to host the 2002 Winter Olympics. The IOC judges responsible for picking
the host city wonders how Korea could host the Winter Olympics without
having a national ski jump team. As a result, a Korean ski jumping team is quic-
kly formed, and they set out to prove their worth to the world.

K-Cinema at the Korean Cultural Center Washington, D.C. presents top Korean films to
the general public. Free monthly film screenings are held every second and fourth
Thursday at 6:30PM as a means to showcase Korean society and culture. Korean snacks
and materials with cultural context for the film are available at each event. Throughout
the year, Korean film screenings and festivals are also co-organized with partners
11 | 12 including the Smithsonian Institution and Filmfest DC.

NOVEMBER 2 & 16, THURSDAYS @ 6:30 PM | Train to Busan 부산행
Appetizer Social @ 6:00 PM before each show

In one of the most memorable and harrowing zombie horror-thrillers of the
last decade, a group of terrified passengers fight their way through a country-
wide viral outbreak while trapped on a suspicion-filled, blood-drenched bullet
train to Busan. The southern resort city has managed to hold off the zombie
hordes, or so everyone hopes – but it won’t matter if no one makes it there

DECEMBER 7 & 21, THURSDAYS @ 6:30 PM | Luck-key 럭키
Appetizer Social @ 6:00 PM before each show

Hyung-Wook (Yu Hae-Jin) is a charismatic contract killer with a perfect record,
but winds up being taken to the hospital by paramedics, including the lovely
Ri-Na (Jo Yoon-Hee), after a bathhouse slip. Meanwhile, struggling actor
Jae-Sung (Lee Joon) can't even pay his rent and decides to end his life, but not
before cleaning himself up. When he witnesses the slick-dressed Hyung-Wook
take a fall, he switches their locker keys, and unintentionally, entire identities.
Hyung-Wook wakes up without a memory, only to learn he is…an actor named
Jae-Sung? Both men try to embrace their new lives, to hilarious effect.

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Befriend Korea: Visiting Group Presentations

The Befriend Korea program welcomes groups of all types to visit the Korean
Cultural Center Washington, D.C. for a one-hour presentation, tour, and Q&A
introducing the culture, art, history, and society of Korea. Programs are tail-
ored for youth, student, or adult groups. To schedule a visit, go to www. and click on Request Group Visit.

King Sejong Institute Washington, D.C.
2017 Class Sessions
Fall: Sept. 11 - Dec. 20

With a focus on practical language skills and cultural context, the King Sejong
Institute Washington, D.C. offers a range of classes that build skills in speaking,
reading, listening, and writing Korean. All classes are of limited size and led by
native Korean-speaking instructors with professional experience at U.S. uni-
versities or institutions. Classes primarily teach language skills, while also
introducing students to the traditional, modern, and social culture of Korea.
The KSIDC is a DC-based nonprofit organization which operates classes and
educational programs in partnership with the Korean Cultural Center.

Each course consists of 12 two-hour classes that meet on weekday evenings.
Each year offers three full sessions of classes: spring, summer, and fall. Check
our website for updated information. All classes include a catered Korean
dinner at the end of the session, Korean snacks and refreshments during every
class, and additional class materials. Successful students also receive a Certi-
ficate of Completion at the end of the session.

A detailed schedule of upcoming classes will be available a few weeks prior
to the start of each session at, or email program
coordinator Adam Wojciechowicz at for more

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Hours Car
Monday - Friday, 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM If you are coming from Virginia or
Closed daily 12:00 - 1:30 PM Maryland, you can take I-66 or I-395
into Washington, D.C. Please factor
Holidays in traffic jams during morning and
The KCC Washington, D.C. observes all evening rush hour. Also, some road-
U.S. federal holidays and certain ways (Rock Creek Parkway) may only
Korean holidays. Check our website be open to one-way traffic at certain
for details. In case of extreme wea- times.
ther conditions, please call to check
if the center is open before visiting. Metro
Phone: (202) 939-5688 The KCC is a 15-minute walk from the
E-mail: Dupont Circle station on the red line,
or a 25-minute walk from the Foggy
Location Bottom station on the orange line.
2370 Massachusetts Ave. NW, For more information, please visit
Washington, D.C. 20008
Note: the KCC is a separate building
located between the main Korean Bus
Embassy and the Korean Consulate. Take N2, N3, or N4 line to get off
in front of the KCC at Embassy Row.
Parking N6 is also available, only during week-
Free temporary parking is available in ends.
the KCC lot adjacent to the building,
but space is limited. If you are visit-
ing for an event we suggest public
transportation. Please avoid double
parking, or else leave your keys at the
at the front desk.
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2370 Massachusetts Avenue, NW,
Washington, D.C. 20008 | 202.939.5688
Korean Cultural Center, Washington, D.C.
2370 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20008

Cover: Work by Kim Yong-geol Dance Theater