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Artist Talk – Re-interpreting Shakespeare’s Hamlet

This is the third talk presented in connection with the Seoul in the City strand of this year’s City of London Festival. And check this link to find out about an offer of free tickets to Yohangza Theatre Company’s production of Hamlet this Saturday.

Beyond Borders: Re-interpreting Shakespeare’s Hamlet

Monday 14 July 2014, 19:00 to 21:00
Korean Cultural Centre UK


A symposium discussing Shakespeare’s plays interpreted in contemporary languages in East Asia, to celebrate the 450th anniversary of the birth of William Shakespeare. The discussion will be led by three professionals: Director Jung-Ung Yang, who has recreated the tragedy and drama of Shakespeare’s original Hamlet in contemporary Korean language, Professor Hyon-U Lee studying with a focus on Shakespeare’s performances in East Asia, and Dr. Adele Lee, who has published articles about Shakespeare in journals such as Shakespeare Bulletin.

Moderator: Vincent Dowd, Arts Correspondent, BBC World Service
Speakers: Jung-Ung Yang, Director, Yohangza Theatre Company
Hyon-U Lee, Professor in English, Soochunhayng University
Adele Lee, Lecturer in English, University of Greenwich

Jung-Ung Yang

Jung-Ung Yang founded the Yohangza Theatre Company in 1997. He rose to critical fame with The Chairs in 2001 in which emphasis was placed on restrained use of language and images. His aesthetic philosophy has been the creation of images that are produced through harmony among the lighting, sound and bodily movements. He has expanded the horizon of dramatic language with his exceptional directorship that relies on harmonizing Eastern philosophy with the aesthetics of images and space. He received the Grand Prix for Karma (2003) at the 15th Cairo International Experimental Drama Festival. The company was the first Korean company to perform at the Barbican (2006) and Shakespeare’s Globe (2012) in London. A Midsummer Night’s Dream went on to receive the Grand Prix and Audience Award at the 10th Gdansk Shakespeare Festival. As a director, he has been exploring new genres with the drama Peer Gynt, operas Woyzeck and Chunsaengyonbun and the ballet musical Shimchung


19.00 Symposium
Presentation 1: Analysis on the characters of Shakespeare’s plays produced in East Asia
Presentation 2: Introduction to Hamlet directed by Jung-Ung Yang
20.00 Networking Reception


This event is free and open to all those who wish to attend, however we would ask that you register your interest via RSVP by emailing to [email protected] or calling +44(0)20 2600 7004

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