Performance

It feels like it’s been an incredibly busy year, and as I come to write this review I realise that, much more so than in previous years, many of the things that have been memorable I haven’t had time to write about – and maybe won’t. I’ve written separately about the films it was possible […]

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American Hwangap by Lloyd Suh at Typhoon 2017

by Events Editor 25 November 2017
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A staged play reading presented by Yellow Earth Theatre: American Hwangap – by Lloyd Suh Sun 26th Nov 3:00pm Typhoon EAST Rich Mix | 35 Bethnal Green Rd | London E1 6LA Tickets from Rich Mix website Directed by Louise Mai Newberry Hwangap /huːæŋɡæp/ noun – a milestone signifying the completion of the Eastern Zodiac […]

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Review: Eun Me Ahn’s Let Me Change Your Name

by Philip Gowman 16 November 2017
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Often when I go along to an event which I suspect will be good, I try to manage my expectations downwards. If I succeed in persuading myself that the thing may be quite mediocre then at worst I won’t be disappointed and at best I will be delighted when the event surpasses expectation. With Eun […]

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Babbling Comedy comes to Soho Theatre for the festive season

by Events Editor 15 November 2017
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Team Ongals comes to the West End to keep us entertained throughout the festive season. Ongals: Babbling Comedy Mon 4 Dec 2017 – Sat 6 Jan 2018, 6.30pm. Matinees Saturdays 9, 16, 23, 30 Dec, and 6 Jan & Thu 21, Fri 22, Wed 27, Thu 28 and Fri 29 Dec, 2pm Soho Theatre | […]

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K-Arts Dance Company returns to Trinity Laban

by Events Editor 5 November 2017
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The K-Arts Dance Company last came to Trinity Laban in early 2015, and return this month with a double bill. Don’t miss it. They are also performing in Leeds on 16 November. Korea National University Of The Arts K-Arts Dance Company Mixed Bill Tuesday 21 November, 7:30pm | £12 (£10) | Book tickets Laban Theatre […]

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Zadie Xa with Jihye Kim in Guest Ghost Host Machine! marathon

by Events Editor 7 October 2017
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Performance artist Zadie Xa with percussionist participate in this year’s marathon at City Hall: Guest Ghost Host Machine! marathon Chamber Room, Level 2, City Hall, London 7 Oct 2017 – 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM BROADCAST LIVE ON SERPENTINE RADIO AT radio.serpentinegalleries.org The 2017 Marathon brought together artists, scientists, activists, engineers, poets, sociologists, philosophers, filmmakers, […]

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Factory Girls by Yangson Project tours London, Midlands and South

by Events Editor 22 September 2017
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The performing arts programme of Korea/UK 2017-18 year of cultural exchange brings a new production to the UK, in collaboration with Farnham Maltings. The production hits London on 13 October, but is touring the Midlands and South of England before then. Factory Girls 8pm, 13 October 2017 Jacksons Lane | 269a Archway Road | London […]

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Eun-Me Ahn’s Let Me Change Your Name in Dance Umbrella

by Events Editor 21 September 2017
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This should be a treat. After Eun-Me Ahn’s Chunhyang in London (2006) and Princess Bari in Edinburgh (2011), nothing will stop me making it to this one. With music by her regular collaborator Jang Young-gyu (who is also one half of Uhuhboo Project and composer for Be-Being) we are in safe hands. Let Me Change […]

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Exhibition / performance: Geumhyung Jeong in Tate Modern Tanks

by Events Editor 11 September 2017
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In conjunction with her solo show at Delfina Foundation, Geumhyung Jeong also presents her work in the Tate Modern Tanks, including two ticketed performances: Tate Live: Geumhyung Jeong 2–8 October 2017 The Tanks | Tate Modern | Bankside | London SE1 9TG Ticketed performances: 3 October at 17.30 and 5 October at 19.00. Book on […]

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LoKo’s 6th Anniversary – the vlog

by Philip Gowman 4 September 2017
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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: After 4 – Over the Moon

by Philip Gowman 1 September 2017
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Sometimes, no matter how much I might be bowled over by a performance, I cannot put into words what I found so stunning about it. So it is with Yoo Sun-hoo’s work After 4: Over the Moon. Part of the magic of the piece is the peaceful, poignant music that provides the accompaniment, performed live […]

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Fringe review: Monkey Dance

by Philip Gowman 31 August 2017
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This is a fun musical in which eight incredibly energetic and athletic performers leap around on stage to the musical accompaniment of a quintet of vocalists, beat-boxer and bass. There’s a loose story-line (not that it matters too much as the emphasis is on the music and action) in which an explorer comes to the […]

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Brief Fringe review: Behind the Mirror

by Philip Gowman 31 August 2017
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The Fringe version of Behind the Mirror, at 1 hour, is half an hour shorter than the full version that has successfully been performed in Korea for many years. In the version presented at the Fringe, the tale of Princess Pyonggang and General Ondal is told very briefly before a parallel story is told in […]

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Brief Fringe review: Mind Goblin

by Philip Gowman 31 August 2017
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Mind Goblin is a mysterious half-hour solo accompanied by a quiet, watery soundtrack. Sometimes serene, sometimes descending into madness, the solitary dancer / choreographer Lee Kyung-eun manages to retain our attention throughout the piece despite the lack of obvious rhythm to the music. The most striking moment comes when the soloist coughs up black liquid […]

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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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Think Korea 2006 – an introduction

by Philip Gowman 17 August 2017
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Think Korea 2006 was an ambitious programme of cultural and other events organised by the Korean Embassy as part of the “Korea-UK Mutual Visit Year”. There was, I believe, a reciprocal series of UK-related events organised in Korea, but I never saw any publicity about it. One event I do know of: the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra […]

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