Seoul Metropolitan Dance Theatre

One Dance

July 20-22, 2023

The Finest Group Choreography

A Crescendo of Elegance and Energy

The Essence of K-Arts

One Dance (Il-mu) has been described as “a wonderful blend of traditional and contemporary dance that reflects the times we live in.” It’s a modern interpretation of ceremonial dance from traditional Korean court music, Jongmyo Jeryeak, designated as “Intangible Cultural Heritage” by both the Korean government and UNESCO. A performance of “Il-mu,” originally played in a formation of several rows and columns of dancers, is recreated by Korean dance choreographer Hyejin Jung (Artistic Director of the SMDT) in collaboration with modern dance choreographers Sung Hoon Kim and Jae Duk Kim. A classic yet contemporary reinterpretation of ceremonial Korean traditional dance, the performance features a large formation and picturesque stage that creates a sense of grandeur, harmony, and balance. Ku-ho Jung, a Creative Director who has made a name for himself in fashion and the arts, offers his audience a compelling mise-en-scène that captures the essence of K-Arts in a feast for the eyes and the soul.


Mise-en-scène: Ku-ho Jung
Choreography: Hyejin Jung, Sung Hoon Kim, Jae Duk Kim
Music: Jae Duk Kim

Cast: Seoul Metropolitan Dance Theatre (SMDT)
Production: The Sejong Center

Premiere: May 19, 2022, Sejong Grand Theater, Sejong Center, Seoul

“Dynamic and beautiful choreography captivated the crowd.” – Segye Times

“Strikingly fast choreography that pushes the limits of the imagination, energetic formations that resemble a living body, and powerful music.” – Danwoo Yun (Critic)

“Marvelous performance. Everything was perfect - from the mise-en-scène to the music, the choreography to the production.” – itsforyo*** (Audience)


One Dance, Seoul Metropolitan Dance Theatre