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Congratulations to the London KPop Dance Workshop on their 6th birthday. They started Sept 5th 2011, hosting monthly workshops. Here’s the vlog of their most recent session. Links: LoKo YouTube Channel | Facebook page | on Twitter

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Fringe review: Kokdu – The Soul Mate

by Philip Gowman 30 August 2017
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Intended to be a simple morality tale about respect for the dead and dying, as well as an exposition of Korean folk and shamanistic beliefs about burial customs and the afterlife, this ambitious production combines strong visuals and colourful costumes with storytelling that is an uncomfortable mixture of seriousness and slapstick. Sometimes it’s good to […]

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One Day, Maybe: Hull City of Culture work inspired by Gwangju

by Events Editor 20 August 2017
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An intriguing project as part of Hull’s year as UK City of Culture. “Deep within a hidden office complex in Hull city centre, a mysterious new Korean technology company is about to change the way we view the world.” One Day, Maybe Created by dreamthinkspeak | Commissioned by Hull UK City of Culture 2017 Friday […]

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Call for writers – Bongsu Park’s INTERNAL LIBRARY project

by Events Editor 18 June 2017
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Details of an interesting collaborative performance in July, taking place in that wonderful space the is the Print Room library / bar / venue under the Notting Hill Coronet cinema. Bongsu Park’s multi-disciplinary projects blur the boundaries between dance and performance art. Her most recent work to be performed in London was the two-part Crossing Over […]

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Korean performers at the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe

by Events Editor 16 June 2017
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A detailed mining of the Edinburgh Fringe website reveals twenty Korean performances plus one talk this year. Magic show Snap makes a return, along with the ever-popular drum show Tago, both part of a “Korean Season presented by AtoBiz Ltd” – who also bring new acts Kokdu and Ensemble Su. I must say I’m a […]

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Event news: London Korean Festival 2017 with Feel Korea

by Events Editor 15 June 2017
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As part of KOREA/UK 2017-18, the London Korean Festival 2017 with Feel Korea offers day-long family festival and then an evening K-Pop concert at Olympia on 8 July. London Korean Festival 2017 with Feel Korea Olympia London | Hammersmith Road | Kensington | London W14 8UX Saturday 8 July 2017, 11am – 10pm Both daytime […]

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Korea focus in Greenwich & Docklands International Festival

by Events Editor 15 June 2017
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One of the first performance arts projects of Korea/UK 2017-2018 is a focus on Korean performers at this month’s Greenwich + Docklands International Festival – “London’s leading festival of free outdoor performing arts (theatre, dance, and street arts), an annual 9/10-day celebration of extraordinary outdoor events that transform people’s lives.” Three acts perform in the Greenwich […]

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Young In Hong’s 5100: Pentagon

by Philip Gowman 10 June 2017
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Here are a few photos and a video from the two performances of Young In Hong’s work 5100: Pentagon on 4 June 2017 in the courtyard of the Royal Academy of Arts in Piccadilly. The performers were all volunteers, of whom fewer turned up than expected because of the terrorist incident in the London bridge […]

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In-sook Chappell’s This Isn’t Romance gets Korean performance

by Events Editor 1 June 2017
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Long-standing followers of Korea-related events in London will remember In-sook Chappell’s play This isn’t Romance. LKL’s review can be found here. Seoullites can now see the play performed in a new Korean language version entitled 이건 로맨스가 아니야 at the National Theatre of Korea, 2 – 18 June 2017. Details here. I think it’s fair to […]

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Event news: 5100: Pentagon commemorates Gwangju in dance

by Events Editor 31 May 2017
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As part of Block Universe, a week-long festival of performance art held in venues across London, a new work by Young In Hong is inspired by Gwangju. 5100: Pentagon — Young In Hong Sunday, 4 June 2017, 3pm, duration 15 minutes. Sunday, 4 June 2017, 3.40pm, duration 15 minutes. Courtyard, Royal Academy of Arts | […]

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Event news: Zadie Xa in Block Universe commission

by Events Editor 31 May 2017
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A new commission from Korean Canadian artist Zadie Xa, with a related Artist Talk: Crash, Boom, Hisssssss. Legend of the Liquid Sword — Zadie Xa New commission Thursday, 1 June 2017, 7pm Somerset House, New Wing, Lancaster Rooms, Strand, London WC2R 1LA, entrance from Lancaster Place Tickets: £10 / £7.50 concessions | Book tickets Commissioned […]

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Korean performers needed for Hull City of Culture Gwangju project

by Philip Gowman 1 April 2017
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dreamthinkspeak, pioneers of site responsive performance, are creating a new production entitled ONE DAY MAYBE as part of the HULL CITY of CULTURE programme of events. The production is scheduled for September this year. ONE DAY, MAYBE is inspired by the 1980 Gwangju Democratic Uprising in South Korea. The project casts an eye on the […]

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Event news: James Cousins Company — Rosalind

by Events Editor 8 March 2017
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Coming next week to The Place, a UK-Korean dance collaboration reworks Shakespeare. After the Friday performance there will be an informal chat with the company. Rosalind A Shakespearean Heroine. A Modern World. The Place | 17 Duke’s Road | London WC1H 9PY | www.theplace.org.uk Wed 15 – Sat 18 March 2017, 8pm £18 (£12 concessions) […]

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Enrol now: Korean Cultural Classes starting January 2017

by Events Editor 15 January 2017
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For the first season of Korean cultural courses of 2017 the KCCUK is entering into a partnership with Kingston Adult Education. Courses will be held in the King Charles Centre, Hollyfield Road, Surbiton KT5 9AL. This term, dance and cuisine are added to the list of things you can learn. All four courses have ten […]

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K-music review: Darkness Poomba at The Place, Euston

by Philip Gowman 22 December 2016
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For the final event of K-Music 2016 we were introduced to the first UK visit of Modern Table headed by the multi-talented Kim Jae-duk, who choreographed the work as well as being an integral member of the dance troupe, though much of the time he was also front of stage singing or playing various wind […]

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Gangnam Style remembered on Strictly

by Philip Gowman 14 November 2016
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Thanks to would-be Labour finance minister Ed Balls for brightening up our dull Autumn on the BBC’s celebrity talent show Strictly Come Dancing. Consistently at the bottom of the scoreboard, he is saved by the popular vote. In the most recent episode he had the guts to do a Gangnam Style inspired Salsa, choreographed (with […]

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Review: Bongsu Park’s Crossing Over – Ritual of Grief

by Philip Gowman 14 November 2016
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Bongsu Park’s two-part work, Crossing Over – Ritual of Grief, is an ambitious piece lasting for almost two hours which saw its first performance spread over two weekends in two different locations during August. It blends contemporary electronic music with traditional Korean music, and contemporary dance with traditional Korean dance such as Salpuri. Appropriately enough […]

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