2009. 2. 26 Event CalendarDRAWING SHOW THEATER
Open Run: “Drawing Show.” This is a nonverbal musical performance in which amazing paintings are created on stage.
This unique show combines art, theater and music to create a high-energy performance that will delight audiences of all ages.
During the 90-minute show, the performers create 10 works of art. Some of the paintings are done on regular pieces of paper, while others use the entire stage as a canvas.
The performers are extremely innovative with their use of materials, using everything from luminous paint to banana skins and the latest technology.
The talented performers will keep the audience entertained with clown-like antics as they as create large, complex paintings in just a matter of minutes.
The show is staged at 8 p.m. on weekdays (except Mondays), 4 and 7 p.m. on Saturdays and 3 and 6 p.m. on Sundays and holidays.
Tickets range from 20,000 won ($13.20) to 30,000 won.
Hyewha Station, line No. 4, exit 1 or 2
(02) 766-7848, www.drawingshow.com
IBK JUMP THEATER
Open Run: “Jump.” Jump, which incorporates quintessentially Korean performance arts, showcases acrobatics and traditional Korean martial arts such as taekwondo.
The story is set in a typical Korean home, with an anything-but-typical family including such characters as a drunken uncle and a kung fu-fighting mother, under the guidance of a strict grandfather who insists on keeping the entire family fit through vigorous martial arts training.
While the daily drills alone leave the audience awestruck, the performance comes to a climax when two foolish thieves break into the house and confront three generations of kung fu masters, inspiring a series of farcical scenes.
The show sold out in London’s West End this February following its success at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2005.
Jump is acclaimed for its splendid blend of high-level martial arts, acrobatics, gymnastics, slick choreography and situation comedy.
The show is staged at 10 a.m. on Mondays, 4 and 8 p.m. from Tuesdays through Friday, 1, 4 and 8 p.m. on Sundays and 3 and 6 p.m. on Sundays and holidays.
Tickets range from 40,000 won to 50,000 won.
Jongno 3-ga Station, line No. 3, exit 15
(02) 722-3995, www.hijump.co.kr
THE OPERA GALLERY
To Tuesday: “Samy Briss and Sylvian Tremblay - Timeless.” Emerging Canadian artist Sylvian Tremblay colorfully opens the doors to a future of hope and thought-provoking ideas which linger somewhere beyond the present.
This is how you’re likely to feel when you take in his Gothic-influenced sculptures, except that Tremblay’s works are refreshingly honest and true in nature - they’re not a fad imitation of something already floating out there.
Israeli artist Samy Briss combines a cubist style with a Byzantine one. His figures are modem icons - frontal and classic but also humorous and whimsical.
Briss’ images capture the strength and vulnerability of modem life and his use of colors is remarkable. Briss’ inspiration is one of myth and memory rooted in the web of time - in universal “childhood”.
The gallery is located opposite the Gucci store, next to the Coffee Bean in Cheongdam-dong, southern Seoul.
Cheongdam Station, line No. 7, exit 9
(02) 3446-0070, www.operagallery.com
To March 15: “Hong Soun - Sidescape.” With edgy and disturbing scenes taken from a war-devastated land where attacks are as familiar as daily survival items like milk, Hong attempts to create a picture of what it’s like to live on the other side of the fence.
Hong’s oil paintings are of rocks, mountains shorelines and trees. Images are taken from print media, postcards and advertisements. Many of his pictures appear disturbing, yet the threatening essence holds the attention of viewers. There is an appalling frankness in his works that tears at the definition of beauty.
One refreshing thing about all of his works is his refusal to use images of pop stars or models. Images appear ambiguous for a reason - leaving the viewer to surmise for themselves.
Hongik University Station, line No. 2, exit 5
(02) 3142-1693, www.sitesantafe.or
SEOMI AND TUUS GALLERY
To March 20: “The Eddie Martinez Show.” Thirty-one-year-old American artist Eddie Martinez has been creating considerable buzz in the U.S. art scene with his out-of-this-world hand paintings and cartoon-like characters.
Martinez’s works can best be characterized as dangerous and witty, raw and open to multiple interpretations. He has added a new vision to so-called traditional art.
From messy tabletop settings to skull paintings inspired by the late actor Heath Ledger’s role in “The Dark Knight”, you’ll find humorous subject matter next to serious reflections on the past. His newest works focus on abstract images and natural settings.
The upcoming show is redolent of modesty and candor. To fully appreciate his work, it is important to examine everything on the canvases with leisurely scrutiny and not think too much beyond what’s on them.
His intention is not to propose some grandiose agenda to address this era we’re living in but to surround us with a pleasant, easygoing ambience where we can meet with friends.
The gallery is located next to the Gucci store in Cheongdam-dong, southern Seoul.
(02) 511-7305, www.seomituus.com
SEOUL ARTS CENTER, Concert Hall
Friday: “Richard Yongjae O’Neill - Baroque Concert.” Violist Richard Yongjae O’Neill will hold a Baroque concert with internationally renowned ensemble Alte Musik Koln.
O’Neill will perform with a traditional Baroque viola. O’Neill is a Korean-American violist who has risen to international prominence as one of the most promising artists of his generation.
His debut album was one of the best-selling classical albums of 2005 in Korea.
The first and only violist to receive the prestigious Artist Diploma from The Juilliard School, O’Neill, together with Alte Musik Koln, will perform Telemann’s “Viola Concerto in G Major,” Pachelbel’s “Canon in D,” Corelli’s “Violin Sonata No. 12,” Handel’s “Passagalia” and many more.
The concert begins at 8 p.m.
Tickets range from 30,000 won to 100,000 won.
Nambu Bus Terminal Station, line No. 3, exit 5
SANG SANG MADANG ART HALL
Saturday: “Nicotine.” Punk quartet Nicotine is a Japanese outfit whose English-language lyrics will have you thinking they hail from California.
Their sound, too, is international. It contains hints of Green Day’s melodies, a touch of Rancid’s anger, and a large dose of NOFX.
They play a fast, modern punk, that, like Goldfinger or Samiam, combines attitude with melody, and guitars and drums with catchy choruses.
Nicotine have released five albums. Their latest, “Session,” has been released to great success in Japan. They recently appeared on a Fat Wreck Chords label compilation with big acts such as Blink-182.
Doors open at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets cost 33,000 won for all seats.
Hapjeong Station, line No. 2, exit 3
(02) 3141-7030, www.interpark.com
CLUB JOKER RED
Saturday to Sunday: “Juan Atkins - We Love Techno.” Seoul’s techno scene is small, but the anticipated visit by Juan Atkins shows that the city has something of everything.
Dubbed the “Godfather of Techno,” Atkins is credited with the creation of the genre. His early work was classified as “electro,” but as his sound became more layered and intricate, it morphed into a genre of its own.
His appearance in Seoul is for techno enthusiasts and music lovers alike.
Atkins’ appearance on Sunday will be supported by Sunshine and Shai - favorites acts in the local music scene.
On Saturday night, there will be free Champagne for everyone who gets there before midnight, in addition to the one drink provided with the cover charge.
Tickets range from 10,000 won to 25,000 won.
Sangsu Station, line No. 6, exit 1
(019) 345-7122, www.jokerred.co.kr
KOREA BASKETBALL LEAGUE
Daegu Orions vs. KTF Magic Wings
Daegu, 7 p.m.
Mobis Phoebus vs. Dongbu Promy
Ulsan Dongchun, 7 p.m.
LG Sakers vs. Samsung Thunders
Changwon, 7 p.m.
ET Land Black Slamer vs. KCC Egis
Incheon Samsan, 7 p.m.
Daegu Orions vs. SK Knights
Daegu, 3 p.m.
Dongbu Promy vs. KT&G Kites
Wonju Chiak, 3 p.m.
KTF Magic Wings vs. Mobis Phoebus
Busan, 3 p.m.
ET Land Black Slamer vs. SK Knights
Incheon Samsan, 5 p.m.
LG Sakers vs. Mobis Phoebus
Changwon, 3 p.m.
Samsung Thunders vs. KCC Egis
Jamsil, 3 p.m.
KT&G Kites vs. KTF Magic Wings
Anyang, 3 p.m.
LG Sakers vs. ET Land Black Slamer
Changwon, 7 p.m.
SK Knights vs. KTF Magic Wings
Jamsil Student Gym, 7 p.m.
Daegu Orions vs. KT&G Kites
Daegu, 7 p.m.
KOREAN VOLLEYBALL FEDERATION V-LEAGUE
Korean Air Jumbos vs. LIG Greaters
Incheon Dowon City Gym, 7 p.m.
LIG Greaters vs. Sangmu KAFAC
Gumi Park Jung Hee Gym, 3 p.m.
Hyundai Skywalkers vs. Daejeon Samsung Blue Fangs
Cheonan Yoo Gwan Sun Gym, 2 p.m.
Korean Air Jumbos vs. Suwon Kepco 45
Incheon Dowon City Gym, 2 p.m.
Korean Air Jumbos vs. Sangmu KAFAC
Incheon Dowon City Gym, 7 p.m.
Daejeon Samsung Blue Fangs vs. LIG Greaters
Daejeon Chungmu Gym, 7 p.m.
NAMI ISLAND FOREIGNERS’ FESTIVAL, Nami Island, Gangwon Province
Saturday to March 8: Nami Island is holding a festival beginning this weekend.
Famous as the setting for the drama “Winter Sonata,” Nami Island is noted as a pristine and peaceful place set apart from the hustle and bustle of urban life.
The festival aims to be a celebration of Korea’s increasingly multicultural society and to provide the chance for expatriates and Koreans to better understand one another.
The organizers have invited foreign residents and migrants in Korea to perform or display cultural activities at the festival alongside Korean cultural groups.
They are also offering free festival entry for all foreigners who show their passport or ID.
The festival’s program offers a huge variety of events, including musical concerts, art exhibitions, crafts, foreign foods, markets, workshops, folk arts and culture, children’s activities, film festivals and even a singing competition.
From Insadong, central Seoul, there is a direct shuttle bus at 9:30 a.m. daily.
Jongno 3-ga Station, line No.1, exit 1
(02) 753-1245~8, www.namisum.com