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2015.12.2 THEATER Ticket


The traditional Korean dance performance, “The Banquet,” with modernized costumes and stage design, will be staged this weekend at the National Theater of Korea by the National Dance Company. [NATIONAL THEATER OF KOREA]


National Theater of Korea

Saturday and Sunday: Twelve traditional Korean dances are combined into one performance by the National Dance Company. To appeal to a more global audience and really show the beauty of traditional Korean dance, the performance has gotten a modern update by fashion designer Jung Kuho. Instead of having dancers wear multicolored hanbok, or traditional Korean dress, which he believes distract from the dance moves, he designed the costumes in solid colors.

The performance starts at 7 p.m. on Saturday and 3 p.m. on Sunday.

Tickets range from 20,000 won to 70,000 won.

Dongguk University Station, line No. 3, exit 6.


LG Arts Center


Dec. 18 to Feb. 28: After five years of preproduction, the Korean version of “The Orchestra Pit” is finally hitting the stage. This meta-comedy sketch, which originally debuted in Japan in 2000, provides a behind-the-scenes look at the lives of musicians in a pit orchestra. The production features several prominent silver screen actors, including Hwang Jung-min, who most recently starred in the mega-hit film “Veteran,” as the conductor.

There are no shows on Mondays. The show starts at 8 p.m. on weekdays; 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Wednesdays; and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on weekends.

Tickets range from 50,000 won to 140,000 won.

Yeoksam Station, line No. 2, exit 7.


Goyang Aram Nuri Arts Center, Aram Theater

Dec. 13: The Voca People is an eight-person ensemble that, using only their voices, reproduces the sounds of a full-scale orchestra. Hailing from Israel, the group has performed around the world. At each stop, the group incorporates local hit songs into their repertoire. After their first performance here last May, they are returning to Korea for an encore show that will include jazz, pop, and classical, with hits by Madonna, Lady Gaga and Maroon 5.

The show starts at 5 p.m.

Tickets range from 44,000 won 99,000 won.

Jeongbalsan Station, line No. 3, exit 3.


Universal Arts Center

Dec. 18 to 30: Celebrate the winter holiday season with a classic performance of “The Nutcracker.” The well-loved masterpiece premiered in Korea in 1986, and this particular production is being staged by the Universal Ballet.

With a musical score by Pyotr Tchaikovsky, the two-act ballet tells the story of a girl, Clara, and her peculiar Christmas gift, the Nutcracker. The Nutcracker comes to life as a prince in the midst of an attack by the Mouse King.

There are no shows on Mondays. The show starts at 4 p.m. and 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 10,000 won to 100,000 won.

Achasan Station, line No. 5, exit 4.


Seongnam Arts Center, Theater Ensemble

Dec. 19 to 27: As part of its 10th anniversary celebration, as well as for the holiday season, the Seongnam Arts Center presents its production of the family opera “Hansel and Gretel.”

This opera traces all the way back to 1893, when it was performed for the first time in Weimar, Germany, conducted by Richard Strauss. Based on the fairy tale by the Grimm brothers, “Hansel and Gretel” chronicles the siblings’ adventure into the woods that leads them to a mysterious gingerbread house occupied by a sinister witch.

There is no show on Monday. The show starts at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday to Thursday; and at 4 p.m. Friday to Sunday.

Tickets range from 20,000 won to 40,000 won.

Imae Station, Bundang line, exit 1.


Sejong Center, Main Auditorium

Dec. 25 to 27: The Sejong Center is showcasing its production of “Carmen,” in collaboration with the Teatro Giuseppe Verdi opera house in Busseto, Italy. Based on the novel by Prosper Merimee, French composer Georges Bizet’s “Carmen” depicts the fatal attraction of Don Jose, a corporal whose love for Carmen, a gypsy girl, as deep and genuine as it is, becomes a threat to Carmen’s independent and free lifestyle. As Don Jose is driven by love and jealously, the lines between reality and fiction, love and hate, sanity and madness are blurred.

The performance starts at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday; and 3 p.m. on Sunday.

Tickets range from 30,000 won to 250,000 won.

Jonggak Station, line No. 1, exit 1.


Charlotte Theater

To Jan. 31: After last year’s Korean premiere at the Seoul Arts Center, “Gone With the Wind” is returning to Korea to showcase once again the musical adaptation of the literary masterpiece by Margaret Mitchell, commemorating its 75th anniversary since publication. This timeless tale centers on the tangled, turbulent love triangle between southern belle Scarlett O’Hara, charming gent Rhett Butler and the sweet yet unattainable Ashley Wilkes, while touching on the themes of slavery, war, belonging and displacement. Bada, a former member of girl group S.E.S., and Kim Bum-lae will reprise the roles of O’Hara and Butler, and veteran theater actor Jung Sang-yoon will play Wilkes.

There are no shows on Mondays. The show starts at 8 p.m. on weekdays; 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Wednesdays; and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on weekends.

Tickets range from 50,000 won to 140,000 won.

Jamsil Station, line No. 2 or 8, exit 3.

*Event information collected from the Korea Tourism Organization. Tickets available at ticket.interpark.com/global or by calling 1544-1555.
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