This study investigates the space of the creative dance work “Hyeon-hae (Dark Sea)”, in application of Lao-Tzu’s philosophy of “no-reason form.” The philosophy of no-reason form views the changes in the world as a process of a continuous cycle that is generated from emptiness to something, and reduced from something to emptiness.
Hyeon-hae uses the space referencing the various diagrams of Lao-Tzu and Chuang-Tzu and art works of Woohwan Lee to express ‘dao’ in diverse methods.
The purpose of this study is to identify the correlation between Taoism and the dance work by examining the process of visualizing Lao-Tzu’s philosophical form of emptiness. Through this, the paper aims to clarify the process in which the theme of the dance work is revealed not only in the movements, but also in the formal aspect of the dance space. Hence, the study presents one aspect of the creative dance work that is based on Eastern philosophy.