Established in 2010, the Korea National Contemporary Dance Company (KNCDC) is Korea's only nationally-funded contemporary dance company. In collaboration with leading Korean and international artists, KNCDC aspires to produce and present contemporary dance performances that will reach out to audiences of all generations and sectors of society across the nation of Korea, with a variety of themes touching on history, society, and daily life in today's world. Following the company's first two Artistic Directors Hong Seung-yup and Ahn Ae-soon, Ahn Sungsoo has now taken the helm as KNCDC's third Artistic Director.
Ahn Sungsoo is known for his cross-genre style, which encompasses elements from Korean traditional dance and ballet as well as contemporary dance. Identifying and separating components from the various dance forms, he breaks them down and reconstructs them to build a visual aesthetic centered on mathematical construction, speed, and musical interpretation. In performances that carry Korean context, Director Ahn finds Korean performers essential and irreplaceable, with the delicate interpretation, outstanding musicality, unique texture and versatile technique that their body neutralization training brings them. One crucial focus of KNCDC is to find and nurture talented Korean dance artists, essential to the company's efforts to establish a worldwide reputation for the originality and excellence of Korean contemporary dance.
Another focus of KNCDC is bringing fun to contemporary dance. Rather than pursuing abstruse and ambiguous pieces, the company seeks to introduce performances that the audience can intuitively understand, sympathize with, and enjoy. The company also hopes to reach out to a broader audience by offering performances that people will want to return and watch again, which will contribute to the expansion of the audience base for contemporary dance in Korea.