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.

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

Performed by the Seoul Metropolitan Dance Theatre (SMDT)
Produced by the Sejong Center

“Fifty-four dancers present perfectly synchronized choreographies marked by magnificence, grandeur, and vigor to keep eyes perpetually fixed on the stage.”


 “There’s something dynamic, riveting, and immersive about the show.”


“The stage brings the audience face to face with the quintessence of Korean dance as demonstrated by the discord and harmony that exists between tradition and modernity.”

— Herald Economy

  • One Dance was produced by the Sejong Center for the Performing Arts, and premiered on May 19, 2022 at the Sejong Grand Theater, Seoul.
  • One Dance is supported by SK E&S, SKC, SK On, SK C&C, SK ecoengineering, Korea Investment & Securities, PassKey, Key Capture Energy and EverCharge.
  • One Dance is the part of Korean Arts Week in Lincoln Center’s Summer for the City. 

One Dance, Seoul Metropolitan Dance Theatre