2015.10.7 THEATER Tickets
LG Arts Center
Friday to Sunday: Classic meets contemporary in this modern dance production called “Fugue: The Polyphony of the Bodies.” Inspired by baroque composer J. S. Bach’s “The Art of Fugue BMV 1080,” choreographer Jung Young-doo adds a whole new dimension of dance and style to polyphonic music. “Fugue” is a dance that has appealed composers and dancers with its simplicity, harmony and grace for centuries. Paying tribute to a classic dance form, the performance offers a unique look at the evolution of the music while adding its own flair to the movements. Prominent ballerinas have joined for this special performance, including Kim Ji-young and Um Jae-yong, principal dancers of the Korean National Ballet and Universal Ballet, respectively.
The show starts at 7 p.m. on Friday; 3 p.m. on weekends.
Tickets range from 30,000 won to 60,000 won.
Yeoksam Station, line No. 2, exit 7.
ROMEO AND JULIET
Blue Square, Samsung Electronics Hall
To Sunday: The original French tour of “Romeo and Juliet” is returning to Korea after six years. As one of the most popular French musicals, it won the Platinum Europe Award by selling more than 100 million DVDs and CDs of its premiere in Paris in 2001 and 2002. It was highly praised by Korean audiences when it visited Korea in 2007, and composer Gerard Presgurvic and choreographer Redha return to Korea with this story of hopeless love. The impressive music, romantic lyrics, dazzling choreography and unique characters all enhance the tragic love story.
The musical starts at 8 p.m. on weekdays; 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturdays; and 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Sundays.
Tickets range from 60,000 won to 160,000 won.
Hangangjin Station, line No. 6, exit 2.
Seoul Arts Center, Opera Theater
Oct. 27 to Nov. 1: The Universal Ballet Company will showcase “La Bayadere,” a spectacle ballet which has been highly praised in the United States. This large-scale blockbuster ballet features about 150 dancers led by three main characters: temple dancer Nikiya, young warrior Solor and princess Gamzatti, who are in a love triangle. Like the Korean premiere of the piece in 1999, “La Bayadere” will once again show off the power of classical ballet.
The performance starts at 8 p.m. on weekdays; 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturdays; and 3 p.m. on Sundays.
Tickets range from 10,000 won to 120,000 won.
Nambu Bus Terminal Station, line No. 3, exit 5.
Chungmu Art Hall, Middle Stage Black
To Nov. 1: Celebrating the 40th anniversary since its premiere in Korea, “Equus” is one of the few rare and exceptional Korean productions by contemporary foreign playwrights.
Written by Peter Shaffer in 1973, “Equus” tells the story of a psychiatrist and his patient, a teenage boy who has a pathological religious fascination with horses.
The show premiered in London in 1973 and debuted on Broadway two years later. Famous actors like Anthony Hopkins and Tom Hulce have played the roles of Dr. Martin Dysart and Alan, respectively. For this production, the cast includes Ahn Suk-hwan as the doctor and Nam Yoon-ho as his patient.
The show starts at 8 p.m. on weekdays; 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturdays; and 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Sundays. There are no shows on Mondays.
Tickets cost 40,000 won.
Sindang Station, line No. 2, exit 1 or 9.
Jamsil Sports Complex, Big Top Theater
To Nov. 1: A Latin word meaning “anyone,” quidam denotes the enigma, the unknown. True to this etymology, “Quidam,” Cirque du Soleil’s ninth on-tour show, will keep viewers of all ages hooked with mystery and wonder.
First staged in 1996, “Quidam” presents a combination of acrobatic skills and traditional circus acts. It tells the story of a girl, Zoe, who uses creativity as an escape from her rather mundane world. As she delves deeper and deeper into her fantasized world, she encounters wild and free-spirited characters that encourage her to free her soul.
Performing in Korea this fall prior to its final show in the Netherlands next February, “Quidam” is celebrating its 20th anniversary.
There are no shows on Mondays; the show starts at 8 p.m. on weekdays; at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturdays; and at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Sundays.
Tickets range from 60,000 won to 250,000 won.
Sports Complex Station, line no. 2, exit 6 or 7.
Chungmu Art Hall
To Nov. 8: As a popular Broadway musical, “Cinderella” has won Tony awards and was nominated as the most anticipated Broadway musical of 2015. The gorgeous romantic fantasy captivates the audience with a somewhat different story from the original fairy tale, as Cinderella leaves her sparkling glass slipper behind on purpose to be found by Prince Christopher.
Starring in the show are famous Korean musical stars and singers like Um Ki-joon, Yang Yo-seop (of boy group BEAST), Yoonha, Baek A-yeon and Hong Ji-min.
The show starts at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. on weekdays, and 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. on weekends.
Tickets range from 50,000 won to 140,000 won.
Sindang Station, line No. 2 and No. 6, exit 9.
IN THE HEIGHTS
Blue Square, Samsung Card Hall
To Nov. 22: The musical “In the Heights,” which won four Tony Awards for best musical, choreography, orchestrations and original score, is finally being staged in Korea.
As an unprecedented style of musical, it contains rap, hip-hop and energetic street dance.
Entertainers such as Yang Dong-geun, Jang Dong-woo and Kim Sung-kyu (of boy group Infinite), Key (Shinee) and Chen (Exo) and various musical stars depict the lives and dreams of immigrants.
The musical starts at 8 p.m. on weekdays; and 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays. There are no shows on Mondays.
Tickets range from 70,000 won to 130,000 won.
Hangangjin Station, line No. 6, exit 2.