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A Korean physical theatre / comedy performance involving cooking? Does that sound like Nanta? Well, yes. We loved Nanta when it came to Kingston and were happy to see what this seemingly very similar show had to offer. Judging by the poster, it certainly had a thoroughly ripped male torso to entice you. The scenario […]

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Korean performers and artists at Edinburgh Fringe 2016

by Philip Gowman 14 June 2016
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Once again there’s a strong Korean showing at the Fringe this year. It’s particularly nice to see Modl Theatre in the UK again, this time with three productions. Two of them are geared towards families and children, but the third is a something darker: a new and topical production on the theme of the wartime […]

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London Korean Festival 2015 – a celebration of Korean culture in Trafalgar Square, 9 August

by Philip Gowman 11 July 2015
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It’s been a while since there was a big Korea-related event in Trafalgar Square – 7 years to be exact. Let’s hope the Korean food stalls clean up after themselves this time and so it won’t be another 7 years before the next big event. There’s something for everyone in the line-up for 9 August. […]

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Korean performances at the City of London Festival

by Philip Gowman 9 June 2014
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This year’s City of London Festival has a Korean focus. And although most of the performances in the festival are of Western classical music, there is a Korean Hamlet from Yohangza Theatre Company (who do a wonderful Midsummer Night’s Dream), fusion music from Ensemble Sinawi and contemporary and street dance too. Sunwook Kim (piano) Wednesday […]

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Project Soul at Breakin’ Convention

by Philip Gowman 2 May 2013
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It’s the Mayday Bank Holiday weekend, so as usual it’s the B-boy convention at Sadlers Wells. This year, Project Soul is representing Korea, performing on Saturday 4th. More details on the Breakin’ Convention website.

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Korea’s Hip Hop heritage

by Bea Lesaca 25 August 2010
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Bea Lesaca of HardKnockRadio traces the origins of Korea’s Hop Hop culture. Do You Know About Hip Hop’s Korean Roots? Hip Hop in Korea has grown so much over the past 20 years. Personally, I believe that a large part of it is thanks to break dancing, which delivered this culture to a larger audience. […]

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Korean B-boys battle in Brixton

by Philip Gowman 10 October 2009
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The UK B-boy Championships World Finals take place in Brixton tomorrow. As usual, there’s strong competition from Korean B-boys. In the main competition – for Crews – Korea is represented by Jinjo, consisting of B-boys Wing | Skim | Hong 10 | Vero | Octopus | Stony | Fleta | F.E. This Korean contingent travel […]

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Myosung Breaks Convention

by Philip Gowman 3 May 2009
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For the past few years, Sadlers Wells theatre has hosted a breakdancing fest over the Mayday bank holiday weekend. And for the past few years I have only realised it was happening after it was over. This year, I’ve done slightly better (realising it is going on half way through), thanks to the Weekend FT, […]

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Some of my favourite gugak fusion videos

by Philip Gowman 11 October 2008
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A lazy post with a link to a performance of a number entitled “Seoul in panic” by the gugak fusion band Sorea. Modern music performed on traditional instruments, with dancing both traditional and modern. It could be taken straight from a Korea, Sparkling promotional video. It works rather well: The b-boys are from Extreme Crew. […]

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B-boys promote Korean tourism at KCC

by Philip Gowman 23 August 2008
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It’s now more than a year since the somewhat controversial launch of the Korea, Sparkling tourism brand. As I suspected at the time, people would get used to it in due course, and now the logo has become a familiar feature on the various tourist literature available. The branding, together with the Han Style campaign […]

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Korean Performers at the 2008 Edinburgh Fringe

by Philip Gowman 25 June 2008
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I spotted that the Cho-in Theatre Company are putting on a performance at the KCC this coming Monday (30 June). A still from their production The Angel and the Woodcutter is shown on the right. This notice got me thinking about the Edinburgh Fringe, which was choc-full of Korean talent last year. Same again this […]

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North-South Korea b-boy battle

by Philip Gowman 10 June 2008
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Someone’s been having a bit of fun creating a spoof b-boy battle at Panmunjom. Enjoy. You have to wait 60 seconds for the real action to start. HT to Tom Coyner.

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More Korean performances at Edinburgh Fringe

by Philip Gowman 31 July 2007
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My recent post on Korean events at the Edinburgh Fringe seriously undersold the Korean involvement there. I was simply reproducing the publicity of one particular organisation – Korea@fringe. But that organisation is only responsible for the six acts I mentioned in my previous post. Thanks to Colin Bartlett for pointing this out. So here is, […]

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kore@fringe

by Philip Gowman 24 July 2007

Korean artists feature in no less than six productions at the Edinburgh Fringe this year. Something for everyone. Full details below: Dulsori Binari — The Spirit of the Beat @ The Old College Quad 3 – 27 August Don’t miss this passionate and colourful performance showcasing the unique heritage and spirited origins of traditional Korean […]

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Rivers dance for Dano

by Jennifer Barclay 18 June 2007
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A roving reporter’s account of yesterday’s Trafalgar Square Dano festivities by Jennifer Barclay with photos mostly by Jeon Sung-min (photo of the b-boys by Katie) It was a grey day on Sunday 17 June; but I donned a slightly sparkling T-shirt and set out for Trafalgar Square for the first ‘Korea, Sparkling’ Dano festival to […]

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Some videos to persuade you to come to Trafalgar Square on Sunday

by Philip Gowman 14 June 2007
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Korean open-air Dano (early summer) Festival, Trafalgar Square, Sunday 17 June, 12-6pm First, here’s Team Kroniculs, aka the Jaguar Demo, who will be participating in the Taekwondo display. It’s not just martial arts they do: Next, here’s the Korean b-boy crew Rivers: They’ll be battling against the UK’s Bad Taste Cru. There will be some […]

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From Fan dance to Breakdance for Dano festival

by Philip Gowman 27 May 2007

For those who missed the Korean breakdancers when they came to London earlier this year, the Rivers crew from Korea (left) will be battling it out with the Bad Taste Cru from the UK in Trafalgar Square on June 17. It’s all part of a unique event to celebrate Dano, the Korean early summer festival. […]

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