‘Festival Bo:m’ returns with more innovation

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‘Festival Bo:m’ returns with more innovation


Thirty international performances and visual art shows will be staged throughout “Festival Bo:m,” which will be held from March 27 to April 19 at several venues. Lee Hee-moon, left, a rising Korean classical musician, will perform on April 11 and 12 at Mary Hall, Sogang University in Mapo District, while German female theater producers She She Pop are slated to perform “Schubladen” on April 17 and 18 at the same venue. Provided by the festival

The ninth edition of “Festival Bo:m” is returning with an enchanting lineup of “interdisciplinary art” performances and exhibits across various venues in Seoul.

Fifty emerging and renowned global artists from 11 countries are gearing up to perform in a myriad of different genres such as dance, theater, visual art and music at this year’s event, which runs from March 27 to April 19.

“Interdisciplinary art is experimental since it mixes genres, and it is increasingly recognized as the Korean contemporary art of today,” said Lee Seung-hyo, the art director of Festival Bo:m, at a press conference introducing the program on March 13.

According to Lee, many artists from diverse cultures have been invited to the festival to introduce more experimental styles of contemporary art.

During the course of the event they will also share their expertise in different genres with one another, the organizer explained.

Lee added that he hopes the theme, “Cross-Reference,” will also encourage communication between the artists and the audience.

Korean performers such as magician Lee Eun-gyeol and gugak (Korean traditional music) musician Lee Hee-moon will perform at the festival alongside emerging and established international artists.

“The event used to focus on unearthing new artists yet we cast well-known performers in order to be more accessible to the public who haven’t experienced a different genre,” said the director when asked about this year’s lineup.

French choreographer Boris Charmatz, better known as the dancer who impressed the audience at the Nam Jun Paik Art Center’s opening ceremony in October 2008, will show off his performance skills through “A Bras-Le-Corps,” with Dimitri Chamblas, and “Untitled.”

Meanwhile, a much-anticipated play at the festival is “Schubladen” (meaning “drawers”) by German female theater troupe She She Pop.

The show presents people who grew up in West Germany before the Berlin Wall fell meeting people from the East.

The memories of each of the women are revealed on stage, unveiling the history of the era in question.

Thirty projects from 11 nations - including Australia, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Norway, the Philippines, the United Kingdom and Korea - will be staged.

Some of the venues Festival Bo:m will be held at include Seoul Art Space in Seogyo-dong, Mary Hall at Sogang University and Salon de Factory in Seogyo-dong, all in Mapo District.

Tickets range from 10,000 won ($9) to 70,000 won. Admission for several shows is free.

For details, visit www.festivalbom.org or call (02) 730-9617.

BY KIM JI-MIN [estyle@joongang.co.kr]

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