Come Across: When A Controversial Experiment Meets Korean Culture on Stage
Why We Recommend it
Hong Kong’s leading contemporary dance company’s double bill Come Across features energetic, visually strong works that challenge convention.
City Contemporary Dance Company (CCDC)’s Come Across features ‘Nuts’hell’, created by award-winning choreographer Noel Pong, and ‘Jangdan’, choreographed by Korean artist Kim Jaeduk.
Pong’s ‘Nuts’hell’ was inspired by the Rosenhan Experiment, a controversial experiment conducted by psychologist David Rosenhan in the 1970s to challenge the validity of psychiatric diagnosis. Rosenhan and seven other ‘pseudopatients’ infiltrated into several psychiatric hospitals across the US by pretending to be insane. His experiment pointed out the difficulty of distinguishing the sane from the insane in psychiatric hospitals and illustrated the dangers of dehumanisation and labelling in psychiatric institutions.
Kim’s ‘Jangdan’ fuses contemporary dance with his own traditional Korean tunes and taekkyeon, a traditional Korean martial art characterised by fluid, rhythmic dance-like movements to strike or trip up an opponent.