Jump returns to the Peacock

There was a time when Ye Gam Theatre were coming to London once a year to do their outstanding production, Jump. They’ve had a break of a year or two, and now it’s time to welcome them back: Jump — Ye Gam Theatre Peacock Theatre Portugal Street, Holborn, WC2A 2HT 28 Oct – 15 Nov […]

Korean performances at the City of London Festival

This year’s City of London Festival has a Korean focus. And although most of the performances in the festival are of Western classical music, there is a Korean Hamlet from Yohangza Theatre Company (who do a wonderful Midsummer Night’s Dream), fusion music from Ensemble Sinawi and contemporary and street dance too. Sunwook Kim (piano) Wednesday […]

Festival visit: Gaksi, Mago

In Korean mytholoogy there is a legendary grandmother figure, a giant goddess who created islands and arranged the mountains and the oceans in their proper positions. In Jeju Island, she is known as Seolmundae Halmang – Grandmother Seolmundae; elsewhere in Korea she is known as Mago. The stories about her are sometimes comic, sometimes tragic. […]

Korean performers at the 2011 Edinburgh Fringe

Korean performers are continuing their tradition of bringing entertaining shows to the Edinburgh Fringe. Alongside the significant Korean productions as part of the main festival this year, you will find physical theatre, puppetry, traditional and indie music, and much more: Gaksi, Mago http://www.edfringe.com/whats-on/theatre/gaksi-mago Category: Theatre Genres: drama Group: Kkachidong Venue: theSpaces @ Surgeons Hall Event […]

Korean performers at the 2010 Edinburgh Fringe

Gone are the days when the Edinburgh Festival Fringe website had a search engine where you could simply type “Korea” and it would return all the events with Korean performers. So here’s a listing developed with hard graft and elbow grease. The Dream of Sancho Performers: Creative VaQi Date: 8th-14th August 2010 Time: 21:50 (1hr) […]

Storm and Stress at Goldsmiths

At the opening of the Crossfields exhibition last week at the KCC Ku Hyeyoung treated us to a preview of a performance she is doing with Kora Terao next week at Goldsmiths. Dressed in a dramatic black creation she stood under a muslin-covered chandelier like an animated statue, declaiming, miming, performing to the music of […]

Nanta: Catch it while you can

It’s impossible not to admire the hard-working, multi-talented Koreans who perform in the energetic shows like Breakout (2007), Jump (2002), and, the original, Nanta (1997), which is currently showing at the Rose Theatre. And it’s impossible not to be entertained. There’s probably little to say about Nanta which hasn’t already been said. The performers are […]

Nanta comes to the Rose Theatre

Readers who are familiar with Jump and Breakout will need no persuasion to come along to Nanta as part of the New Malden Festival. Koreans seem to specialise in high energy non-verbal performances with a wide international appeal, and Nanta is no exception. It won the top prize at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 1999 […]

We are not Chinese! But do not miss JUMP!

JUMP! Yegam Theatre at Sadler’s Wells Peacock Theatre, till 10 May 2008 Winner ‘Comedy Award’ at Edinburgh Festival Fringe, 2006 Korean National Assembly ‘Grand Prize for Drama & Musical,’ 2006 BBC TV ‘The Royal Variety Performance,’ December 2006 Review by Grace Kim To start with what everyone already knows, it’s pretty much impossible not to […]