Korean performers at the 2013 Edinburgh Fringe

Thanks to the KCC for pulling together all the Korea-connected events at this year’s Fringe. Here they are:

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2013

Dates: 31 July ~ 26 August 2013
Venue: Edinburgh, Scotland
Box Office: edfringe.com or 0131 226 0000

Climb a Willow to the Sea God’s Palace

WillowDate: 12 Aug (Mon) ~ 24 Aug (Sat) 14:35
Venue: the Space on Niddry St
Company: Kkumdongi Puppet Theater
Genres: Puppetry
Tickets: £5.50~£8.00
Link

The story is about brotherly love and filial duty towards parents. Once upon a time, two friendly brothers lived in Gangwon Province. Their father’s last words lead to a disagreement between the brothers, and they go their separate ways. The younger brother follows their father’s words and is reunited with him in the palace of the Sea God but there he hears some disturbing things about his older brother.

K-Sori Akdong

K-soriDate: 19 Aug (Mon) 19:00
Venue: Acoustic Music Centre@St Bride’s
Genres: Music
Tickets: Free
Link

A show made by a group of young musical prodigies, Akdong, and two very famous musicians (singer and pianist) from Korea. They have created an experimental performance of crossover music with traditional instruments such as gayageum – the Korean harp, piri – the Korean pipes, and Pansori – the Korean opera. There will be a blend of traditional and contemporary music, and we will cross boundaries of all kinds of sound. Experience the sound which did not exist before. If you are looking for something new and revelatory, then you must not miss this remarkable show!

Keep Calm and Listen to Classic

CalmDate: 12 Aug (Mon) 12:00 / 20:00
Venue: St Giles’s Cathedral / St Cuthbert’s Parish Church
Genres: Music
Tickets: Free
Link

Korea Union Youth Chamber Orchestra and Choir (KUYCOC) consists of talented young boys and girls from South Korea. They volunteer NGO activities all around the world since 2006. During Fringe 2013, they will introduce Korean folk songs and well-known classical music to the public. Join us and see what KUYCOC has to offer! Keep Calm and Listen to Classic!

Music Show – Wedding!

WeddingDate: 31 Jul (Wed) ~ 26 Aug (Mon) 19:55
Venue: C venues – C
Genres: Musicals and Operas
Tickets: £6.50~£10.00
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Sensational non-verbal comic music show where the actors sing, dance, and play approximately 20 creative and unique instruments. With a wedding ceremony being the main backdrop, audiences of all nationalities can enjoy the excitement. The ceremony is spiced up with a comical synopsis, the excellent facial expressions of the actors, participation of the audience, and a touch of K-pop melodies. Combined artistic elements awe the audience and make the performance a hysterical and melodic memory for all ages. Be a guest at a hysterical wedding ceremony and enjoy the memorable excitement!

Othello – Two Men

OthelloDate: 20 Aug (Tue) ~ 24 Aug (Sat) 19:00
Venue: Spotlites@The Merchants’ Hall
Company: MJ Company (Moo Youl, Hyung Gyun, Sung Gyeom).
Genres: Theatre
Tickets: £5.00~£7.00
Link

The story takes place behind bars, in jail. Two guys in one night – find the real reason for all this mess. Iago, Othello’s servant, pulls Othello’s leg. He tells a tale of Desdemona cheating that makes Othello go mad. Did Othello have to kill his beloved Desdemona? Iago’s lies are not the only reason for this tragedy. But you will be able to see the hidden side of Othello’s love for Desdemona. Two actors play multiple characters. This play won Best Director at The Korean Shakespeare Awards 2012.

Pianoforte, My Life

pianoDate: 4 Aug (Sun) ~ 10 Aug (Sat) 17:45
Venue: Spotlites@The Merchants’ Hall
Performers: Myeong Jin Shin (piano) Hwawon Lee (narrator)
Genres: Theatre
Tickets: £10.00~£12.00
Link

Tells the story of a pianist at the end of her career. She reminisces with regret, the last time her fingers danced on the keyboard. The history, the past and the gifts she had, cross and interface allowing us to witness the hard conditions of the artist who pursues the perfect concert. The show, consisting of a monologue and live piano music, has performed around the world in three different languages. ‘A beautiful insight into the life of a pianist’ (Julien Roustan, La Provence, Avignon) ‘A true sparkling gem of Fringe 2013’ (Barefoot Review, Adelaide).

A Romance

RomanceDate: 1 Aug (Thu) ~ 26 Aug (Mon) 16:05
Venue: C venues – C
Genres: Dance and Physical Theatre
Tickets: £8.50~£10.50
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New piece from acclaimed physical theatre company. In a male-centred era, women met in secret to share stories and exchange ideas. Combining traditional music and beautiful costumes Modl Theatre weave together a cultural tale of a noble family who’re preparing for their daughter’s wedding. Sewing in a secret room, whilst the bride reads aloud to the illiterate servants to thank them for their work. They continue late into the night, eventually sharing their own personal love stories. ‘Sensual storytelling, powerful acting!’ (Today’s Theater, Seoul).

Whale of a Time

WhaleDate: 31 July (Wed) ~ 17 Aug (Sat) 19:00
Venue: C venues – C nova
Genres: Music
Tickets: £4.50~£8.50
Link

Breaking the boundaries of traditional and pop music, Coreyah is clearly influenced by modern pop culture, but Korean tradition is never far away. Beautiful ensemble and powerful performance! The band features four Korean traditional musical instrument players, a guitarist, and a world percussionist. The group’s eclectic composition allows them to blend a wide range of genres: pansori (a traditional Korean narrative song), pop, rock, Gypsy music from the Balkan Peninsula, South American and African music, and mix the music of the past and the present.

Pudasi

PudasiDate: 12 Aug (Mon) ~ 25 Aug (Sun) 10:00
Venue: C venues – C
Genres: Dance and Physical Theatre
Tickets: £4.50~£8.50
Link

Pudasi is a term used in Jeju pangut, an original Korean performing art which took its origin from a Korean indigenous ritual over 5000 years ago. It has a concept of purifying our mind and wishing happiness of life. Norian Maro recreates Pudasi by accepting the concept and reconstructing it in a contemporary way. With dance, drumming and song, it generates an exciting place where the boundaries between performers and audience can be joyfully crossed in order to boost well-being and happiness. Free Korean tea and rice cakes!

(automatically generated) Read LKL’s review of this event here.

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