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2010.5.26 TICKET

May 26,2010
“Cocorico,” a French mime drama which is featured in the ongoing Chuncheon International Mime Festival, will be presented in Seoul this week. See THEATER, below. Provided by the organizer

MUSIC



ANSAN KOREAN MUSIC ORCHESTRA

Seoul Plaza Stage

Saturday: The Ansan Korean Music Orchestra presents a special outdoor concert in the heart of Seoul on Saturday. Since its establishment in 1996, the orchestra has performed over 80 concerts every year. In addition, it performed at the 17th Presidential Inauguration and at the world-famous Korea Gugak Festival.

The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. and is free to the public.

City Hall Station, line No. 1 or 2, exit 5

(02) 1330, www.casp.or.kr



HEART-HEART WIND ORCHESTRA

Seoul Plaza Stage

Sunday: The Heart-Heart Wind Orchestra, Korea’s first youth orchestra with musicians who have developmental disabilities, will take part in Seoul Plaza’s special spring outdoor performance series.

The orchestra works to improve society’s perceptions of the disabled and provides music therapy and education classes to adolescents with developmental disabilities.

The concert, which starts at 7:30 p.m., is open to all for free.

City Hall Station, line No. 1 or 2, exit 5

(02) 1330, www.casp.or.kr



JULIA HART

Sangsang Madang

Sunday: Belying its name, Julia Hart is a local indie band that specializes in simple guitar pop songs. The band has produced eight albums since their 2001 debut, the most recent of which, “B,” was released in late March.

Julia Hart is known for their uplifting songs and the band’s lead vocalist has said that he hopes audience members leave their shows a little happier than when they came in.

The concert begins at 6:30 p.m. Tickets cost 25,000 won ($20.60) in advance or 30,000 won at the door.

Hongik University Station, line No. 2, exit 5

1544-1555, http://ticket.interpark.com



PAT METHENY

LG Arts Center

June 2 to 5: World-renowned jazz guitarist and composer Pat Metheny has won 17 Grammy Awards since his debut in the 1970s.

He will hold four concerts in Seoul as part of his “Orchestrion Tour.”

The guitarist promises to wow audiences with his new “Orchestrionics” performance method which, as he describes, incorporates “acoustic and acoustoelectric musical instruments that are mechanically controlled using the power of modern technology.”

The performance will feature music from his most recent CD “Orchestrion” as well as some of his earlier hits.

The concert starts at 8 p.m. on weekdays and at 7 p.m. on Saturday.

Tickets range from 40,000 won to 100,000 won.

Yeoksam Station, line No. 2, exit 7

(02) 2005-0114, http://lgart.com





THEATER



MATTHEW BOURNE’S SWAN LAKE

LG Arts Center

To Sunday: Matthew Bourne’s hugely successful “Swan Lake” is wrapping up its fourth performance run in Korea this weekend.

In what critics have called an innovative and exciting, provocative and powerful performance, the multi-award winning production transforms one of ballet’s best-loved stories into a startlingly contemporary tale.

Featuring a cast of muscular male dancers playing the swans, Bourne’s version is witty and sexy and will leave a lasting impression.

The performance starts at 8 p.m. on weekdays and at 3 and 7:30 p.m. on weekends.

Tickets range from 60,000 won to 120,000 won.

Yeoksam Station, line No. 2, exit 7

(02) 2005-0114, www.lgart.com



MY MOTHER

Woori Financial Art Hall, Olympic Park

To Sunday: A heart-warming tale of the love between a mother and daughter, this musical tells the story of how a mother and daughter’s relationship changes after the daughter gets married.

As the daughter grows older and starts her own family, she begins to understand the sacrifices her mother made for her.

The production stars actresses Kim Su-mi and Seon Woo Yong-nyeo.

The performance starts at 8 p.m. on weekdays, at 3 and 7 p.m. on Saturdays and public holidays and at 2 and 6 p.m. on Sundays.

Tickets range from 66,000 won to 99,000 won.

Olympic Park Station, line No. 5, exit 3

1588-1407, http://ticket.interpark.com



WHILE YOU WERE SLEEPING

Art Madang, Theater 2

To Sunday: Starting with a sold-out performance at its premiere in the winter of 2005, the hit musical “While You Were Sleeping” has been playing to full houses for years.

Choi Byung-ho, a patient in hospital room No. 602, vanishes suddenly. His disappearance is a mystery since Choi is unable to walk on his own, prompting the question: “What happened to him while you were sleeping?”

The musical was written and directed by Jang Yoo-jung, the well-known showman and author of “Searching for Kim Jong-wook” and “Hey, Bro!”

The performance starts at 8 p.m. on weekdays, at 4 and 7 p.m. on Saturdays and at 3 and 6 p.m. on Sundays or public holidays.

Tickets cost 40,000 won.

Hyehwa Station, line No. 4, exit 2

(02) 501-7888, http://ticket.interpark.com

FRENCH MIME DRAMA COCORICO

National Theater of Korea, KB Haneul Youth Theater

Thursday: In a special mime drama created by French actor Patrice Thibaud and acrobat Philippe Leygnac, the unique characters are sure to make you laugh. Full of original ideas, the performance also creates a lyrical feeling through its delicate powers of expression and distinctive melodies.

The performance starts at 3 and 8 p.m.

Tickets cost 30,000 won.

Dongguk University Station, line No. 3, exit 2

(02) 2280-4114, www.ntok.go.kr



THE CHERRY ORCHARD

Seoul Arts Center, Towol Theater

Friday to June 13: Anton Chekhov’s masterpiece “The Cherry Orchard” will be performed with a Korean cast.

The play tells the tale of an aristocratic Russian family that must return to their vast estate before it is put up for auction to pay off the family’s debts. While the play was intended to be a comedy, critics have long praised the piece’s dual nature, with some directors emphasizing its tragic elements over the farcical ones.

The performance starts at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, at 2 and 7 p.m. on Saturdays and at 2 p.m. on Wednesdays and Sundays.

Tickets range from 30,000 won to 60,000 won.

Nambu Bus Terminal Station, line No. 3, exit 4 or 5

(02) 580-1301, www.sac.or.kr





TRADITIONAL KOREAN PERFORMANCE



DALLYEORA DALLYEO DALDALDAL

National Theater of Korea, Studio Byeol

To Sunday: This is an audience participation-style madanggeuk (an outdoor performance form) comedy based on the legend of Pak Mun-su. The show has been enthusiastically received at the National Theater Festival of Outstanding Children’s Performances, the Gwacheon Hanmadang Festival and the Uijeongbu International Musical Theater Festival.

The performance starts at 2 p.m. on weekdays and at 2 and 4 p.m. on weekends and public holidays. There are no performances on Mondays and no 4 p.m. performance on May 30.

Tickets cost 20,000 won.

Dongguk University Station, line No. 3, exit 2

(02) 2280-4114, www.ntok.go.kr



SHIM CHUNG

Seoul Arts Center, Opera Theater

To Sunday: The Universal Ballet Company presents a new interpretation of “Shim Chung,” a 1,500-year-old Korean folktale. The story is about a daughter who sacrifices her life to help her father see the world again.

The performance starts at 7:30 p.m. on weekdays, at 3 and 7:30 p.m. on Saturdays and at 3 p.m. on Sundays.

Tickets range from 10,000 won to 80,000 won.

Nambu Bus Terminal Station, line No. 3, exit 4 or 5

(070) 7124-1733, www.sac.or.kr



BONGSAN TALCHUM

National Theater of Korea, Cultural Plaza

Sunday: Bongsan talchum, Important Intangible Cultural Property No. 17, is a traditional masked dance-drama that was once popular in parts of Hwanghae Province in North Korea. This complete performance presents the play in its original form over a span of five hours. The performance is also significant because it is helping to maintain a traditional Korean performing art that is in danger of dying out.

The performance starts at 3 p.m.

Admission is free.

Dongguk University Station, line No. 3, exit 2

(02) 466-2174, www.ntok.go.kr



THE WORLD OF GEOMUNGO PUNGNYU WITH OH GYEONG-JA

National Theater of Korea, Small Hall Dal

Friday: Oh Gyeong-ja, leader of the geomungo (zither) section in the National Orchestra of Korea, presents a recital featuring works by composer Kim Man-seok, who knows her work well.

The performance starts at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets cost 20,000 won.

Dongguk University Station, line No. 3, exit 2

(02) 2280-4114, www.ntok.go.kr



TOMORROW’S SINGING, TOMORROW’S SINGERS

National Theater of Korea, Small Hall Dal

Wednesday: Pursuing its mission to preserve and transmit the art of pansori singing, each year the National Changgeuk Company of Korea seeks out talented young singers. Selected by audition, these singers show their skills in pieces from the five classic pansori stories. Commentary is provided by Artistic Director Yu Yeong-dae.

The performance starts at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets cost 20,000 won.

Dongguk University Station, line No. 3, exit 2

(02) 2280-4114, www.ntok.go.kr





FESTIVALS



GANGNEUNG DANO FESTIVAL

Dano Cultural center, Gangwon

To June 19: The Gangneung Dano Festival is a long-running traditional festival that celebrates Dano, the fifth day of the fifth month according to the lunar calendar. This day, together with Lunar New Year and Chuseok, is one of the three major holidays in Korea.

The festival is a combination of various shamanist and memorial rituals along with some traditional games. During the festival, visitors can swing on a traditional Korean swing or make a traditional Korean mask that drives away evil spirits and summons a healthy year. Other attractions include exorcisms, mask dances and pungmulnori (traditional Korean folk music).

To get there from Seoul, take a bus for Gangneung at the East Seoul Bus Terminal located in Gangbyeon Station, line No. 2.

(033) 641-1593, www.danofestival.or.kr



SEOUL HUMAN RIGHTS FILM FESTIVAL

Marronnier Park, Daehangno

Thursday to Sunday: This is the 14th edition of the Seoul Human Rights Film Festival, which was started in 1996 to spread freedom of expression and human rights. There will be screenings of up to 30 human rights films at the outdoor theater set up for the festival.

Screenings start at noon and are free and open to all.

Hyehwa Station, line No. 4, exit 2

(02) 313-2407, http://sarangbang.or.kr



HAEUNDAE SAND FESTIVAL

Busan

June 4 to 7: This festival takes place at Busan’s beautiful Haeundae Beach, which is a popular summer vacation spot. One highlight of the festival is a hot sand bath, where visitors are buried from head to toe in sand, which is beneficial for health and beauty. Other events include a beach volleyball competition, an exhibition of different types of sand from around the world, and a marathon race. The festival continues into the night with spectacular fireworks displays, concerts and other entertainment events.

In addition, popular tourist destinations such as Jagalchi Market, Gwangalli and Taejongdae are all located nearby. Another attraction is the fresh raw fish, which is available during the festival at incredibly low prices.

From Seoul Station, take a train to Haeundae Station in Busan.

051-1330 , http://sandfestival.haeundae.go.kr



*Event information is culled from the Korea Tourism Organization and other online sources.



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