Preview

Ambiguous Dance Company
Rhythm of Human

San Francisco International Arts Festival
Cowell Theater at Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture
May 31, 2018

Grier Cooper

Whether you know it or not, there is a rhythm inside of you and everyone around you.

This ubiquitous rhythm is the central theme to the US debut of Rhythm of Human from Korean-based company Ambiguous Dance. The story follows a Korean man as he tries to find his own rhythm in society.

Members of Ambiguous Dance Company  in Kim Bo-Ram's "Rhythm of Human" Photo courtesy of San Francisco  International Arts Festival

Members of Ambiguous Dance Company
in Kim Bo-Ram’s “Rhythm of Human”
Photo courtesy of San Francisco
International Arts Festival

By weaving simple gestures of everyday life into the piece choreographer Kim Bo-Ram makes the theme relevant and accessible for viewers. “Every moving and breathing creature takes form as a rhythm, a movement, and an expression of dance,” he says. However, it’s a struggle differentiating oneself from the pack.

Dancers wear the clothes of everyman – think business suits, pajamas, underwear – moving in unison, weaving in and out of patterns with military precision, furthering the idea of indistinguishability. At one point the group dons sunglasses, giving the piece a Matrix-like surreal quality. “Beating our own drum, on the whole, gets lost…,” says Bo-Ram. “I have sought to tell a story of the difficulty and beauty of acknowledging freedom of expression.” The piece promises to uncover the hidden dance of life, throwing a spotlight on how to discover the uniqueness inside each of us.

Members of Ambiguous Dance Company in Kim Bo-Ram's "Rhythm of Human" Photo courtesy of San Francisco International Arts Festival

Members of Ambiguous Dance Company
in Kim Bo-Ram’s “Rhythm of Human”
Photo courtesy of San Francisco
International Arts Festival

Rhythm of Human premieres at the Cowell Theater at Fort Mason on May 31 at 8 p.m., as part of the San Francisco International Arts Festival, before the tour continues to Philadelphia and Seattle. General Admission tickets are $25, available at www.sfiaf.org or 415-399-9554.

Be sure to bring your sunglasses!

 

Kim Bo-ram will also teach a master class at Lines Dance Center on Wednesday May 30 at 4:30pm. http://www.sfiaf.org/ambiguous_dance_master_class