Edinburgh 2011

In reviewing the amazing work of Ahn Eun-mi I am always faced with a problem: how to convey in words the extraordinary visual and musical experience that is so unique to her. When writing about her Chunhyang in 2006 I was at a loss for words. Trying to convey the intensity of the visual and […]

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Festival visit: Gaksi, Mago

by Philip Gowman 29 August 2011
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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. […]

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Edinburgh Festival and Fringe 2011: review round-up

by Philip Gowman 28 August 2011
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I didn’t make it to all the Korea-related events at the Edinburgh International Festival and Fringe, and for one of the events I did get to I didn’t feel like writing a review. So here are some links to the reviews that are out there. For completeness, I include links to my own reviews. If […]

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Festival visit: Pop-Up! The Amazing Adventures of Moo Dong

by Philip Gowman 22 August 2011
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Confession time: I didn’t actually make it to this show. It is showing in the morning, and that’s when my train is on its way up from London. But based on the reviews linked below, it’s well worth a visit. The show aims to bring great art works to life for a young audience, and […]

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Festival visit: Perfordian Factory – Babbling Comedy 2

by Philip Gowman 16 August 2011
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Babbling Comedy continues the fine tradition of non-verbal Korean acts which appeal to audiences of all ages. On paper, the performance contains little that seems innovative; and it would take a courageous producer to take on a comedy show that promises, as this one does, to include some hand-bell ringing. But in the overall context […]

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Festival visit: Mokhwa Repertory Company – The Tempest

by Philip Gowman 15 August 2011
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At his press conference in London last Monday, Oh Tae-seok spoke about his work with the Mohkwa Repertory Company. One of the priorities of Master Oh, who had spend many years as director of Korea’s National Theatre company, is to nurture the next generation of actors. And one of the pleasures of working with his […]

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Festival visit: Jasmine Gwangju

by Philip Gowman 14 August 2011
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Gwangju seems an event from the distant past, but in fact was only 31 years ago. This year, the archives which document the history of that brief uprising were listed by UNESCO in their Memory of the World register. With perfect timing, bearing in mind the democratic uprisings in the Arab world this year, the […]

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A Korean Tempest: Sympathy from Mr Vengeance

by Philip Gowman 12 August 2011
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Those who are familiar with Korean cinema will not need to be told that vengeance is a familiar topic, and indeed forms the theme for Park Chan-wook’s unplanned trilogy of films of which the best known is Oldboy. And probably many an essay has been written in Film Studies classes as to why Korean directors […]

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Korean performers at the 2011 Edinburgh Fringe

by Events Editor 30 July 2011
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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 […]

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Top Korean artists at the 2011 Edinburgh International Festival

by Events Editor 29 July 2011
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Every year we get a range of Korean performers at the Edinburgh Fringe. But the focus of the festival in 2011 is the vibrant and diverse cultures of Asia. Consequently this year we’ve got three top-notch groups who have been invited as part of the main festival itself. So for the first time this year […]

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Korea Times previews Edinburgh 2011

by Philip Gowman 21 April 2011
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The Korea Times previews the Korean highlights at this year’s Edinburgh Festival, including Oh Tae-seok’s Tempest. http://bit.ly/if6eAV #. It’s going to be a good year. Keywords: Authors: Oh Tae-seok (오태석) Event tags: EdFest 2011 | Edinburgh 2011

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