Review: Jinyeob Cha in Bongsu Park’s Dream Ritual

The stage is black, preparing you for sleep; the floor slightly mirrored. The space is empty apart from a curtain of transparent silvery organza fabric whose flowing folds represent the peaks and troughs of a typical sleep brainwave, and between which the dancer will move like a ghost. The dancer enters, pulling a another fabric […]

Nine Confucian academies listed at UNESCO

For visitors to Korea (such as myself) who like to try to get round all the UNESCO-listed world heritage sites, the list just got longer. On Saturday 6 July, the World Heritage Committee included nine Seowon, or Neo-Confucian Academies, in the list. The nine seowon are dotted around the central and southern parts of the […]

Review triple bill: the 2019 Festival of Korean Dance

When Kim Jae-Duk’s Modern Table last performed at The Place, it was to close the 2016 K-Music Festival. This year the eight-strong all-male troupe was selected to open the 2019 Festival of Korean Dance at the same venue. With a piece entitled Sok-do (Velocity) the audience perhaps had a hint of what to expect. And […]

Nayeong Jeong: Repeat after “The End of the World”

Nayeong Jeong celebrated the successful completion of her Slade PhD viva the day before with a performance at the opening of the group exhibition “A Dance of Scales”, at Assembly Point in Peckham. Jeong’s work often involves a performative element, and also often involves the use of clay not only as a creative medium but […]

July events 2019

The highlight of the month is the Dream Ritual performance at the Coronet Theatre. But two musical collaborations could run it close: Hyelim Kim at LSO St Luke’s and SaaWee at Albany Red Room. Continuing this year’s trend, there’s also plenty of K-pop and rock too at various venues – including Idiotape. The KCC’s film […]

Yu Ho-jin in The Illusionists – at Shaftesbury Theatre

A fun way to spend a summer evening. Afternoon and even morning performances are available on some days throughout the season. The Illusionists Shaftesbury Theatre | 210 Shaftesbury Avenue | London WC2H 8DP | www.shaftesburytheatre.com 6 July – 1 September 2019 | Buy tickets THIS MIND BLOWING SPECTACULAR SHOWCASES THE JAW DROPPING TALENTS OF SEVEN […]

Liverpool Biennial seeks emerging Korean curator

An interesting opportunity for an emerging Korean curator to work on the 2020 Liverpool Biennial: Curatorial Fellowship Dates: October 2019 – 2020 Location: Liverpool Hours: 37.5 per week Total fee: £22,000 Application deadline: 1 July 2019 Liverpool Biennial, working in collaboration with Arts Council England and Arts Council Korea, is offering an exciting opportunity for […]

Don Mee Choi and Kim Hyesoon win 2019 Griffin Poetry Prize

Congratulations to Don Mee Choi and Kim Hyesoon for winning the 2019 International Griffin Poetry Prize with Autobiography of Death. In an interesting way of recognising the relationship between the creators of the original text and the translated work, the collection is credited as being “by Don Mee Choi, translated from the Korean written by […]

Paul Smith retrospective opens in DDP

A retrospective of designer Paul Smith’s work opened at the Dongdaemun Design Plaza yesterday. A good friend of LKL went along to the opening and took a few pictures. The exhibition is hosted by the Seoul Design Foundation and the Design Museum in London. The Korea Times describes it as “like walking into the renowned […]

June events 2019

It’s another big month for music and performance, and don’t forget to plan ahead for Bongsu Park’s Dream Ritual featuring Jinyeob Cha and haihm in early July. Arts and exhibitions The KCC’s new exhibition, Ways to Experience, opens on 11 June. Art Night is on 22 June, with one-off appearances from Christine Sun Kim and […]

BTS perform on Britain’s Got Talent

Last time they were in town for a gig it their chosen UK TV appearance was the BBC’s Graham Norton Show. A small TV studio was not the best place to showcase their talents, but they made the best of circumstances and turned in a good performance despite injuries. This time round the stage was […]