Korean performers at the 2012 Edinburgh Fringe

Yes, it’s the Olympics and yes, we’ve been having a feast of Korean culture over the past few weeks in London. But let’s not forget that London is not the centre of the universe: August is upon us, which means it’s the Edinburgh Festival and Fringe. Which means lots of Korean performers, particularly physical theatre, will be entertaining the audience as only they know how.

So here are the Korean performers in the 2012 Edinburgh Fringe. Book your tickets now:


Hi-KickCategory Dance and Physical Theatre
Genres comedy, physical theatre
Group Seol and Company
Venue Assembly Hall
Date 2-27 August
Time 16:05
Duration 1 hour
Suitability U
Country of Origin Korea, Republic Of

This fiercely funny physical spectacular features stunning dance … and football! Follow the fortunes of a rag-tag team of unlikely heroes!

JSAC Presents: A Lot of Seoul

A Lot of SeoulCategory Dance and Physical Theatre
Genres dance
Group Dance Ensembles of Seoul Korea
Venue theSpace on Niddry St
Date 13-18 August
Time 12:35
Duration 1 hour
Suitability U
Country of Origin Korea, Republic Of

A Lot of Seoul showcases five dance companies from Seoul, South Korea. Dance styling that features hip-hop and modern contemporary dance, with a blend of traditional Korean movement.

Utopia (Beyond the Words) and Clothes

Utopia (Beyond the Words) and ClothesCategory Theatre
Genres physical theatre, site-specific
Group Difference=Likeness
Venue theSpace on the Mile
Event Website http://www.facebook.com/groups/307908535949676/
Date 14-18 August
Time 12:45
Duration 1 hour
Suitability 14+
Warnings walking involved
Country of Origin Korea, Republic Of

Utopia (Beyond the Words). In this screen-occupied world, this show provides you with a three-dimensional sense of space. By using the human voice, sounds and unexpected noises, you will experience the journey of refugees escaping from North Korea to other places. Clothes is the story of a woman’s deep sorrow, who has lost her love in the restrictions of history. Throughout the Pacific War and the Korean War, a woman loses her husband and lives with her children, as love became blood and blood became clothes.

Princess Pyunggang

Princess PyunggangCategory Musicals and Operas
Genres international, musical theatre
Group Bibimbab Theatre
Venue Paradise in Augustine’s
Event Website www.upata.org
Date 14-27 August
Time 17:20
Duration 1 hour
Suitability PG
Country of Origin Korea, Republic Of

Hailing from Seoul, Korea, an award-winning, multi-talented troupe of seasoned professional performers and musicians presents a majestic adaption of an ancient Korean folktale. The age-old tale of the precocious Princess Pyunggang and the foolish, though big-hearted, Ondal inspires endless love and peaceful transformation. The show’s thematic arc includes socio-economic differences, love, duty and loss. This fervent show unifies live traditional Korean instrumentation, high energy martial arts and weapons exhibition, and beautiful lyrical dance. With a modern musical theatre approach, including a racing percussive traditional drum/modern tap dance number, this spectacular show is sure to dazzle audiences!

Hye-Kyung Lee Piano Recital

Hye-Kyung LeeCategory Music
Genres classical, international
Group Hye-Kyung Lee
Venue St Giles’ Cathedral
Event Website www.hklee.net
Date 14-15 August
Time 12:00
Duration 1 hour
Suitability U
Country of Origin Korea, Republic Of

Unique chance to hear celebrated pianist in lunchtime concert. First touching the keyboard at six, Hye-Kyung has accomplished dramatic success with winning several world competitions and claimed the Musician of the Year title in 1988 by Dong-A Music-Magazine. Since 1984, the 53-year-old professor has taught keyboard students at Chung-Ang University, one of the leading music conservatoires in Korea, and gained a great reputation for her excellent students. This free concert offers a great chance to hear her beautiful touching tunes in St Giles’ Cathedral. Supported by the Chung-Ang University Research Grants in 2012. 14 August: Schumann. 15 August: Debussy & Ravel.

A Musical Journey with Euna Park: Springtime in Korea

Euna ParkCategory Music
Genres classical, world music
Group Euna Park
Venue St John’s Church
Event Website www.voix.co.kr
Date 13 August
Time 18:00
Duration 50 minutes
Suitability U
Country of Origin Korea, Republic Of

Acclaimed classical flute player Euna Park reintroduces enchanting Korean traditional folk music with commentary by Jiwoo Kim. Euna Park will guide you through her musical journey by revealing the hidden story of each song. You are invited to this unique opportunity to discover the beauty and tragedy of Korean culture and history. With commentary by Jiwoo Kim.


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