Performing Arts

2019 ARI PROJECT: African-Korean Autumn Dance & Music Concert: Heart of the Community

Date: Friday, November 15, 2019
Time: 07:30PM - 09:30PM
2019 ARI PROJECT: African-Korean Autumn Dance & Music Concert: Heart of the Community
2019 ARI PROJECT: Performing Arts
African-Korean Autumn Dance & Music Concert: Heart of the Community

Promoted by Ko’s Korean Traditional Dance Institute

-Date: Friday, November 15, 2019 at 7:30pm
-Place: Korean Cultural Center, Los Angeles 3rd Fl. Ari Hall
5505 Wilshire Blvd., LA, CA 90036
-Online Reservation:
-For more Info: or 323-936-3015

The Korean Cultural Center Los Angeles (KCCLA) and Kos Korean Traditional Dance Institute present the African-Korean Autumn Dance & Music Concert: Heart of the Community on Friday, November 15, 2019 at 7:30 P.M. on the 3rd floor of the Korean Cultural Center Los Angeles, Ari Hall.

This cross-cultural dance & music concert features dynamic dance, drumming and mask dance traditions of Korea and Yoruba Africa. Heart of the Community weaves dreams, stories and offerings from both African and Korean communities for harmony, peace, abundance and friendship.

Ko’s Korean Traditional Dance Company will showcase colorful and highly stylized Korean dances such as Chukwonmu, Sunbi Chum, Gyobang Salpuri and Gyobang Janggo Chum. A special guest drummer Juhee Kim from Korea joins LAs Samulnori Team Woon Woo Poong Rae to perform Samdo Samulnori (rhythms from three provinces). Ms. Kim has apprenticed under the legendary master drummer Kim Duk Soo and has been teaching with the SamulNori Hanullim for more than 2 decades.

A scene from the Bongsan Talchum mask dance originating in the Hwanghae Province, North Korea, will also be performed. Additional guests include Pansori singer Warren Kim who will share an excerpt from Heungboga. Harvard Westlake High School students will open the concert with Nanta drumming.

Master Drummer Najite Agindotans family of drummers will begin with a traditional Yoruba drum call Ipe Ilu, bless the space with a live libation Awure, then call on two master dancers Danniella Kyle and Nagode Simpson to perform the traditional Yoruba mask dance Gelede.

Yoruba people are a large ethno-linguistic group in Western Nigeria, Togo & Benin Republic. They are one of the largest 3 major tribes that make up approximately 300 tribes in Nigeria. Traditionally a matriarchal society, Yoruba Gelede Masquerade celebrates all Mothers, including female ancestors, deities and elderly women of the community. Gelede Masquerade is a community spectacle that helps to bring goodness to all peoples.

The concert will culminate in a joint-performance by both Korean and Yoruba dancers and drummers in a piece entitled “E Se (Gomapseumnida)” which literally means THANK YOU a perfect way to share the spirit of generosity and gratitude in time for the Thanksgiving holiday around the corner.

The performance is free but phone or online reservation is required prior to the performance.

1. Nanta
2. Ipe Ilu
3. Chukwonmu
4. Sunbi Chum
5. Awure
6. Heungboga
7. Traditional Korean Mask Dance
8. Yoruba African Mask Dance (Gelede Masquerade)
9. Samdo Samulnori
10. Gyobang Salpuri
11. Gyobang Janggo Chum
12. Finale E se(THANK YOU)

* The program is subject to change without notice.