Superb Foreign Production co-hosted with FESTIVAL BO:M
Choregrapher : Jerome Bel
Performer : Lutz Forster
Schedule : Thu. Aprill 8th - Fri.April 9th
The innocent menace, J?r?me Bel has become the icon of contemporary dance. This time Lutz F?rster, the most passionate dancer of Pina Bausch is presented on stage. Exploring the experimental aspects of contemporary dance, this piece stages the real life of an artist. The performer makes a confession about his life in the form of a monologue, using his art as a medium.
At his age of 13, Lutz F?rster starts dancing and seeks the master of contemporary dance, Pina Bausch. His story begins smoothly with his own dance and steps. It moves to New York where he works with Robert Wilson, another master of theatre and ends up in Wuppertal, reuniting with Pina Bausch. Finally, he leaves Pina and becomes a teacher. His touching story reaches out to minds and hearts. J?r?me Bel explores and redefines the essential factors of avant-garde throughout the story of Lutz F?rster, which becomes also the history of dance.
Author/Director : Dongyihyang
Schedule : Fri. April 23rd-Sun.May 2nd
Performers : Hyunjoo BAEk, Nojin SUNG, Jihoon CHOI, Sukki KIM
Staff : Scenery by Junghee PARK, Lighting by joowon LEE, Music bv Minchul YOON. Video bv Euchul SHIN
Sehee JOO, in his middle age, acknowledges his sexual identity and leaves his mother and lover. The author/director seeks to portray an aspect of reality capturing the process of a brutal farewell of the protagonist who lives in the shades of an expanded world. This is the 3rd production written and successfully directed by Dongyihyang accompanied with video projection, focusing on his interpretation of death.
Sehee JOO, a middle-aged ordinary man realizes one day that he is gay, his mother dying of uterus cancer. It is a life, fragile and uncertain. One day, Yongsoon IM his mother with cancer, gets deceived by a phone fraud losing money, at the same time Sehee loses his job at the factory. Penniless Sehee tries to borrow money from his friends, Hansoo LEE and Kyounglin KIM, finding himself in another scam left with hi-tech t-shirts supposed to cure cancer and even bigger debts than ever. Meanwhile, Yongsoon finds out about her son’s sexual identity and poisons Sehee. After being poisoned, Sehee visits Hansoo requesting his money back, without any result. Besides, he gets abandoned by his lover, doctor Yooho YOON. Without any choice, he comes back to his dying mother and endures his time trying to understand the meaning of death. Yongsoon leaves the world, yet Sehee is left alone.
Best new play, '2009 CJ Young Festival
Performer : Lutz Forster
Schedule : Thu. April 8th-Fri.April 9th
This is the 2nd production of 'If they saw us...' at Namsan Arts Center after being rewarded the best new play at '2009 CJ Yong Festival, directed by young director Hanne KIM. This play deals with 'stories' told on stage, fragmented stories based on daily experiences confronting death, reminding us of recollective memories. Jungyun's story presented as real is in fact a story made up of her own memory. During the performance, the audience will witness how Jungyung tells herself the death of two friends, as well as how she tries to persuade a third character with the same? story, however based on her recollected memory.
Jungyun witnesses her mother’s death when she is a middle school student, and her lover's death in her early 30s. Even though she keeps an eye on her father who lives in grief feeling guilty that her mother died of suicide instead of an accident, she ignores the possibility of suicide. Meanwhile, her old friend Minki, who has been tearing her heart, gets ill sentenced to death. Jungyun, her father who has overcome the grief of guilt, and a man who might have been the fatal cause for her mother's death gather together and tell stories of their own. This is the beginning of a new story for Jungyun.
The 18th Daesan Literary Award
Author : Zina A CHOI
Director : Company NOLTANG A CHOI
Schedule : Fri.June 18th-Sun.June 27th
This production is about the house. Often ignored as being too habitual, the house as the space and tool necessary for live, further will be given a new meaning and retrospect on stage. While watching the house being built on stage, audience will pay attention to stories of life and pain, gaining a new understanding about the human being. '1-28, at Chasook's House' was appointed as outstanding performance by the Korean Cultural and Arts Centers Association, winning expectation on new theatrical themes and expressional methods by writer/director Zina A CHOI.
Somewhere on the countryside, Chasook's family is tearing down their old house and building a new one. When they have almost finished the basic structure, Chasook's eldest son finds out that the structure is slanted. They stop building the house in order to make a correction. The whole process stops again when they get to know that the house was built and expanded illegally on a farmstead by their dead father. One of the daughters suggests tilting the house, on purpose. A heated debate about the meaning and value of the house is followed. Gradually, the house gets its shape however Chasook gets sick and into the hospital. What should they do? The house is left in the wind and sun, while the family and workers stay puzzled not knowing what to do.
Author : Bumshin PARK
Director : Taehoom KIM, Company HON
Schedule : Sat. July 3rd - Sun. July 11th
This production is based on the novel 'Namaste' by Bumshin PARK, focusing on the alienated and brutally abused lives of foreign workers, in retrospect of the shades of Korean society. It is a social report of the biased discrimination and violence against isolated foreign workers. Their pain and isolation is staged to reveal the commonly repeated issues of racism within our society. In addition, our own experience in the U.S. chasing the American dream is brought back to point out our present status, emphasizing the fact that we are all the same human being.
Camil is from Nepal, working in a jean factory in Korea. He meets a Korean girl , Shinwoo who decides to share her residence with him. Camil reminds Shinwoo of her family, which left to America pursuing the American dream. Camil leaves Shinwoo to help his friends in trouble, and Shinwoo is left alone realizing that she’s pregnant. Camil hurts his leg while hiding from authorities of his illegal stay. When they meet again, they reunite as a family and raise the baby, Rakshumi. Preservation law for foreign workers takes effect, expelling illegal aliens. Many foreign workers in despair start to commit suicide. Camil joins the demonstration to stop their death.
Schedule : Wed. September 9th - Sat.25th
Venue : Drama Center at Namsan Arts Center, Wonder Space & Mullae Art Factory
Theme : Media and Performing Arts
Programmers : Hyunwook JUNG(President, Korea Association of Performing Arts Producers), Gyu Seog LEE (Director, Namsan Arts Center), Hyungjoon JO (Chief Manager, Ansan Arts Center), Yeon WOO(Chief Manager, International Exchange Team, Korea Arts Management Service), Chin A LEE(Professor, Sookmyung Womens Univ.), Sunjung KIM(General Manager, Media City Seoul)
In 2009, Festival Jang has revived in 12 years, and has become the festival representing Namsan at its 2nd year. It aims to merge artistic forms, encounter with new artists and support communication with public, by escaping conventional artistic logic and launching new genres of art. Under the theme of Media and performing arts, there will be 6 experimental performances, either international or domestic, limitless of genre or forms using media or using media itself joined with performance. Moreover, Mullae Art Factory and Seoul Art Space are added as venues including Daehakro and Namsan, which will increase the festive atmosphere.
By Jungyub SHIN, Nebular Factory, Hobin PARK & Galaxy Express
"Various experiments of media art within performing arts and performing arts inside media art"
Schedule :<Remixed Conventions> 20:00, Thu. September 16th - Fri.
<The Blended Eyes 2> 18:00, Sat. September 18th
The leading Korean VJs perform in collaboration with latest technology. The 1st version will be initiated with various and experimental forms derived from Korean music, traditional Indian dance, Opera, abstract art, theatre, contemporary dance and media art. The 2nd ver. will be a jam concert of all VJs and sound artists who participated in this project.
By Donggu Yoon, Project Space Sarubia & Studio Sungshin
"New space inside old space, Conflict and Conversion"
Schedule : 20:00, Thu. September 23rd - Fri. 24th
14:00, Sat. September 25th
Revived performance at Namsan Arts Center from installation at an old rotating printing room, DongA news in 2002. A performance continues to happen inside a cable car, crossing the performing area up and down, however no audience is allowed to see the inside. Only images from cameras installed inside the cable car reveal each performer. Ultimately, this alienated and isolated space turns around the performing area becoming another installation itself.
By Injung JUN, Blue Elephant & ritual of EastcoastByulshin
"The aggregation of the East coast Byulshin Exorcism and movement"
Schedule : 20:00, Thu. September 9th - Fri. September 10th
15:00, Sat. September 11th
Injung JUN, national intangible property Yongtaek KIM and Junghee KIM has come into light. Analogue videos are reflected onto the venue from time to time in the midst of smoke, where the ritual of Pyulshin from the east sea takes place. The contrast of projection based on the latest technology and elements of low technology merges the movements of traditional dance masters and the vigorous contemporary dancer, making it even more impressive.
By Kirari☆Fujimi & Twelfth Tongue Theatre Studio
"Extreme sound and moves in search of new direction of performance"
Schedule : 20:00, Fri. September 17th,
15:00, Sat. September. 18th - Sun. September 19th
'Love ver. 2010' is an extended production of TadaJunnoske's series of 'Love', which has been running for years in Japan in diverse versions, and this time with 2 actors from Korea and Japan. Words and movement, extracted from ordinary life, is repeated and expanded, in the way of confirming the similarity of both languages and living habits, as well as colliding the difference, altogether containing the modernity of both. On stage of 'Love ver. 2010', strong beat of rock and latest groovy dance music accompanied by powerful moves will attract young audience with solid energy, also console their existent solitude.
By Chansook CHOI, Momggol & Elias Cohen
"Hold faces with continuous struggle of life"
Schedule : 19:00, Sat. September 11th - Wed. September 15th
Faces conveying their lives, especially those of elders indicating struggles of life, are projected on plastic bags all over the stage, making noise and movements corresponding with their lives. Performance will take place in Mullae, where artists and factory workers exist together as if stranded plastic bags float along with the wind along the alleys. This production will express the new physical communication on faces of local senior citizens.
Co-hosted with The 2010 theatre Olympics Offcial opening performance, Festival of Avignon '2008
Even until now, Hamlet is well repeated for its emphasis on the fragile hero, besides, its intelligent analysis on the dilemma between complicated contemplation and political behavior. Shakespeare made the attraction and conspiracy to be revealed through 20 characters from different political backgrounds. Though, Thomas Ostermeier progressively attempted, through Marius von Meienburg's interpretation, for 6 actors to play more than 2 roles. Ostermeier's innovative insight lets outrageous expressions and gesture from classic theatre and rock music collide, as if to stress out Hamlet's confusion and anxiety. His acting style is reflected to Hamlet's anxiety when he is drifted away and loses senses of reality and his identity.
Co-hosted with The Seoul Performing Arts Festival
As a sentimental human drama dedicated to striving korean youngsters in their 20s to 30s, it deals with their desire and desperation. The story of 2 men attempting to escape the mental institute was introduced by author Yoojung CHUNG, who has won the 5th Segye literature awards in 2009. Through the journey of 2 men finding their identity, those who are struggling and lost their dreams will be enlightened of hope of life. Simultaneously, movie is being made at the same time, (by Jupiter film) and will be revealed to public in 2011. Moreover, the collaboration of the duo,? director Kwangbo KIM and writer Yunok KO, is already in the middle of attention, who have already worked together in 'Man's first Kiss', 'Laugh, tomb', 'inside the footprint' in success.
Inside a mental institute in the mountains of Gangwondo, Soomyung who has schizophrenia meets Sungmin who has been locked up in the middle of the fight for family legacy. They find themselves in room 501 on the same day at their age of 25. Sungmin, who had to quit paragliding due to progressive pigmentary retinopathy tries to escape from the first day of hospitalization, while Soomyung gets involved and suffers from each attempt. Soomyung is desperate to fly for the last time before he goes totally blind, but loses faith from continuous failure and seeks comfort, only to find himself in parallel to Sungmin. On the 100th day, they drive their way out through the main gate.
Co-hosted with The Seoul Performing Arts Festival
Sfumato Company presents 4 stages of Gogol including 'Nevsky Prospect', 'Ivan Fyodorovich Shponka and his aunt', 'Marriage' and 'Diary of a crazy man'. Celebrating the 200th year after Gogol's birth, his stories are revealed, connected as segments of a dream, through exaggerated and mysterious characters. Original acting, visual schemes and fantastic music will bring the audience to a new world of Gogol's fantasy. Directors, Margarita Mladenova & Ivan Dobchev has made the characters after the vision of Gogol in silhouette timidly walking Nevsky avenue with his coat around him. These characters live in a ghost city along with devils and ghosts, where Gogol once said was inspired by the city of heaven, Jerusalem. And there are all in a way, the replicas of Gogol containing his personality such as anxiety, desire and desperation. They altogether are like Gogol, as David in front of Goliath, Oedipus in front of Spinx and a snail in front of a huge mountain, are in front of the quiz of genesis. Whether it is outer space and inner space, the visible and the invisible, dream and insomnia, ecstasy and despair, at any occasion of contradiction, they scream out for life. On one side, they claim to fulfill destiny and on the other side, feel deep anxiety. Marriage has been one of the oldest trap in life, in which people try to hold on to their private space from confusion. As once said by Gogol, 'Success is a form of death, as in failure is an opportunity of revival', his genius is not in logic but in true contradiction. If not, how could you explain the nature of human being running away from the happiness he has ever longed for? 'Oooo - The dream of Gogol' was premiered in March, 2009 and performed in Meyerhold Centre, Moscow and Komisarjevskaja Theatre, Saint Petersburg in September, 2009. It has received Askeer Award of Bulgaria for best set design and music in 2009, and nominated for best directing, best leading actor and original music at '2010 Ikarus Award of the Union of Bulgarian Actors.
There is forestage resembling a long runaway, where actors perform. All actors wear coats or frock coats as in 19 century. <Nevsky Prospect> - 3 men appear on stage. They act and talk as if they are one and become the narrator. Nevskey avenue is the only vivid road with activity with beggars, tutors and administrators storming out from time to time. They appear as if in a fashion show on the narration. At 4 o'clock, road becomes empty but as the sun sets new crowd floods the street. Young artist Piskaryov falls for a lady in the crowd and follows her. And finally finds her at the whoredom! Shocked young painter comes back to his room... <Ivan Fyodorovich Shponka and his aunt> - Vasilissa Kashporovan sends a letter to her nephew Ivan Fyodorovich Shponka to come back home and retire the military service. Ivan Shponka being a very hard-working and pleasant person, his stories are told between the family of Grigorii Grigorievich Storchenko like bed time stories. Ivan Shponka accepts his aunts offer and on his way home, bumps into Grigorii Storchenko shares drinks and gets invited to his house...
<Mention de Three Sister>
<Your Left Hand>
Following 'Costumer coming, Today', project collaboration in 2009, the work of 3 feminine writers on the portrait of ourselves through the agony and traces of Korean modern history will be directed by Yonghoon CHOI. 3 different episodes will be staged as series. Integration of solid perception of 3 writers on Korean modern history and intense insight of director, Yonghoon CHOI, will merge these short stories in search for ultimacy of present life.
3 writers bring in different events of Korean history on stage. Sunghee JANG creates Korean '3 sisters' out of Dongbaekrim(East Berlin) incident. Minjng KIM reviews the recent episodes of Afghanistan Hijacking and foreign ministry in a different view. Myounghwa KIM looks into 'His story' of Korean modern history in the view of 'Her story'.
This is the 2nd production of the miner series planned in 2007 by Hansol YOON and company Green Pig.. The question, 'is history of the miners possible?' is asked when the life of foreign worker Ali is compared to that of Boxer Muhammad Ali. The real person Muhammad Ali is reborn as foreign worker Ali in Korea. The unusual attempt of using live band? will also show inconvenient combination of theatre and live concert. Audience will experience innovative performance form neither being a concert nor theatre.
In a small city nearby Seoul, illegal worker Muhammad Ali gets punched in his head and dies in a chinese restaurant. Investigation is started to find out how and why he is dead amongst those who were close to Ali. One after another, as the investigation is proceeded, witnesses reveal Muhammad Ali's life. They all say they cared for him, though Ali would harm them. Unveiled is a life of an illegal foreign worker, simultaneously on top of that, the life of great boxer Muhammad Ali overlaps. Deep contrast is shown between Ali, in America who has fought against discrimination towards races and religions based on imperial arrogance, and to Ali who were illegally working in Korea.