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SOUM International Dance Festival, the success of Korea's choreographies


Squid Game, Parasite, K-pop… The breath of the country of the morning calm sweeps over France. A soft power that benefits the event which opened in the evening at the Korean Cultural Center in Paris. Until Thursday, it offers artistic performances combining traditional and contemporary dances.

In a decade, South Korea has established itself as a world cultural power.


Squid Game


, watched by more than 110 million people on Netflix in one month, testifies to the global influence of the culture of the land of the morning calm.

In France, two festivals are honoring her this week at the Korean Cultural Center in Paris: the sixteenth Korean film festival and the second international dance festival.

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and this is not trivial

The latter is organized by the SOUM association (Spectacle Of Unlimited Movements), whose role is to promote Korean artists in France and in Europe. For this second edition, the event did not expect to start under such good auspices.

“We weren't expecting that, it's more of a nice surprise. We are happy to benefit from the success of

Squid Game

after that of


, the Oscar-winning film by Bong Joon-Ho ”,

rejoices Paolo Tosini, the organizer of this event. Arrived in France ten years ago, this Italian fell in love with this culture late.

“My first roommate, a Korean artist, introduced me to its customs. Quickly, I became interested in the actions, attitudes and values ​​specific to this country, ”he

says. A curiosity that drove him to create this festival. "

Our ambition is to create a moment of meeting between the choreographers and dancers of this country and the French public"

, he adds, aware of this growing attractiveness in France.

Proof of this is the small crowd who gathered this Monday evening to attend the opening ceremony of the festival. Among them, Namu, a 22-year-old student whose interest in Korean culture dates back to college.

"A friend had sent me a K-pop clip and I immediately hooked"

, explains this regular at the cultural center. Every week, she takes part in Talchum lessons, a traditional dance. Christine fell in love with Korea while watching series.

“Then, little by little, I explored the subject by broadening my areas of interest,”

explains the 39-year-old teacher. Amélie, 43, is not a dance lover but

“finds it important to approach a culture in all its aspects for theassimilate in the best possible way ”.

An approach adopted by many spectators that evening.

Dance, a universal language

Everyone was able to watch the trailers of the four shows which will be broadcast on the festival site from October 26 to 28.

“The traditional dance of our country is slow, it is rich in emotions.

We are trying to modernize it while keeping its authenticity,

 ”explains Kim Sunyoung, member of the Dandans Artgroup whose performance is broadcast this Thursday.

A show entitled "Bottari", a term designating a traditional bundle, made with a large square of fabric.

To the rhythm of the beating of the feet of dancers wearing traditional beoseon shoes, the artist, as the presentation indicates, finds there the “path of breath”, a vector of serenity.

When hosting the SOUM Festival, this desire to transmit and create links through dance was a central element within the Korean Cultural Center as underlined by Claire Ryu, in charge of shows and multidisciplinary projects. Through this festival, the objective is to highlight dance as a means of naturally expressing the culture of a country without language barriers.

The artistic performance offered during this festival is unusual and less widespread than cinema, music or literature.

But the shows on offer convey equally powerful emotions.

This Monday evening, during the opening ceremony, Korean artist Lee Sun-A performed a traditional dance choreography full of finesse.

A foretaste of the shows which, perhaps tomorrow, will also be part of the soft power of the land of calm morning.

IPJ Dauphine IPJ

Cinema, theater, music ... The student journalists of

IPJ, the Practical Institute of Journalism of the University of Paris Dauphine

, offer their perspective on cultural news.

IPJ Dauphine

Source: lefigaro

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