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World-renowned French choreographer Philippe Gecoufls is bringing his circus and dance show “Contact” to Seoul next week. The production pays homage to Pina Pausch and one of her emblematic works called “Kontacthof” (1987). See THEATER. [LAURENT PHILIPPE]



LG Arts Center

Nov. 11-13:
“Contact,” a circus and dance show created by renowned French choreographer, Philippe Decoufle, who is known for making dreamlike performances by bringing his imagination to life using magic, song and dance, will be staged next week at the LG Arts Center. The troupe, composed of 16 dancers, actors, singers and musicians, talk to the audience, adorn themselves in fantastical costumes and engage in bizarre dance moves during the show. The production also pays homage to Pina Pausch and her emblematic work “Kontacthof” (1978).

According to the LG Arts Center, those who were captivated by Decoufle’s previous work “Panorama,” which was staged at the center in 2014, will certainly enjoy this witty new production.

The show will be performed in French with Korean subtitles.

The performance starts at 8 p.m. on Friday, 7 p.m. on Saturday and at 3 p.m. on Sunday.

Tickets range from 40,000 won to 80,000 won.

Yeoksam Station, line No. 2, exit 7.


LG Arts Center

To Nov. 6:
Director Jang Woo-jae is back with a new theatre piece, “The Journey to Geumgang,” inspired by the trip of two discharged scholars, Gyeong-sook and Gi-ji, to Mount Geumgang during the Joseon Dynasty. The play is bound to deliver invaluable life wisdom through the various encounters Gyeong-sook and Gi-ji make during their journey.

Known for his unique plots, Jang once again tells an absorbing story full of deep contemplation on life. He made his theatrical debut in 1994 with “20 Meters from the Ground,” which was performed in Daehak-ro, the cradle of the Korean theatre world. Directing “This is Home,” released in 2013, marked his most glorious period, leading him to the award for best play at the 6th Korea Theatre Awards.

Performances start at 8 p.m. on weekdays, 3 p.m. on Saturdays and 5 p.m. on Sundays.

There is no show on Monday.

Tickets range from 30,000 won to 50,000 won.

Yeoksam Station, line No. 2, exit 7.


Sejong Center for the Performing Arts, Grand Theater

Nov. 8-13:
One of the most well-known pieces by Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901), “La Traviata” is based on a novel by French writer Alexandre Dumas (1802-1870), “The Lady of the Camellias.” It was made into an opera in 1853, and was first performed that same year in Venice, Italy.

“La Traviata,” literally meaning “the woman who had gone bad,” refers to the story’s main female character, Violetta Valery. Violetta is a courtesan, working for rich, high-class men and is also popular among them.

She spends endless nights of pleasure in Paris, until she gets caught up with a lung disease from too much drinking. There is, however, one man who sincerely loves her, Alfredo Germont, but his love doesn’t find its way easily, getting tangled up in all sorts of obstacles.

Performances start at 7:30 p.m. on weekdays and 5 p.m. on weekends.

There is no performance on Monday.

Tickets range from 30,000 won to 280,000 won.

Gwanghwamun Station, line No. 5, exit 8.



LG Arts Center

Dec. 15 to Mar. 5:
The hit 1992 film “The Bodyguard” that was turned into a stage musical in 2012 will be presented in Seoul next month. The musical featuring songs that are familiar to the ears of both the young and old, such as “One Moment in Time” and “I Wanna Dance with Somebody,” will be presented by the Korean production. The show premiered with previews at the Adelphi theatre in London’s West End in November 2012.

For the upcoming production in Korea, veteran musical actress Jeong Sun-ah and singers Lee Eun-jin, also known as singer Yangpa, and Son Seung-yeon, have been cast as Rachel Marron. Actors Lee Jong-hyuk and Park Sung-woon, will alternate the role of Frank Farmer.

The show starts at 8 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays; at 3 and 8 p.m. on Wednesdays; 3 and 7:30 p.m. on Saturdays and at 2 and 6:30 p.m. on Sundays and public holidays. There is no performance on Mondays.

Tickets range from 60,000 won to 140,000 won.

Yeoksam Station, line No. 2, exit 7.



Kumho Art Hall

Nov. 3:
“Robert & Johannes” is a series centered on Robert Schumann and Johannes Brahms, aimed at shedding new light on their classic repertoire. As a finale of the series, Quartet K (Quartet Knecht), a string quartet consisted of violinists Lim Ka-jin and Kim Duk-woo, violist Lee Soo-min and cellist Joo Yeon-son, is joining the series.

The quartet will perform pieces well suited for late autumn. In the first part, it will play “String Quartet No. 2 in A minor, Op.51/2” by Brahms, which is known for its elegant and lyrical melody. The second will consist of “String Quartet No. 1 in a minor, Op.41/1” by Schumann.

The performance starts at 8 p.m.

Tickets cost 40,000 won ($35.06).

Gwanghwamun Station, line No. 5, exit 7.


Mapo Art Center, Art Hall Mac

Nov. 10:
After a sensational recital together in 2013, violinist Clara-Jumi Kang and pianist Son Yeol-eum return with another concert, this time centered on their recent album recorded in March at Beethoven Hall in Hanover, Germany.

Kang is a gold medal laureate of the 2010 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis. Son garnered attention when she performed as a soloist with the New York Philharmonic in 2004. In 2011, she won silver at the International Tchaikovsky Competition.

The concert program includes the music of Johannes Brahms, Clara Wieck Schumann and Robert Schumann.

The concert starts at 8 p.m.

Tickets range from 30,000 won to 50,000 won.

Daeheung Station, line No. 6, exit 2.


Seoul Arts Center, Concert Hall

Nov. 16:
Ever since its establishment in 1967 in Paris, the Orchestre de Paris has developed into not only the best orchestra in France, but also a world-renowned group of musicians, scouting the first-class conductors of the time as music director or principal conductor.

This performance is to be led by the orchestra’s current principal conductor, Daniel Harding, and accompanied by soloist Joshua Bell, one of the most celebrated violinists of his era. Along with cellist Yo-Yo Ma, Bell is known as the soloist who sells the most tickets for his shows in the United States, whether it be with major orchestras or local bands.

The program consists of three pieces; “Pelleas Suite” by Debussy, “Violin Concerto” by Mendelssohn, and “Romeo et Juliette” by Berlioz. Bell will play “Violin Concerto” with the orchestra in the show. This marks Bell’s seventh musical visit to Korea, and classical-lovers are waiting for his creativity to spark in this year’s show as well.

The concert starts at 8 p.m. Tickets range from 60,000 won to 300,000 won.

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



LG Arts Center

Nov. 24:
Pierre-Laurent Aimard, a world-renowned French pianist known for performing a wide spectrum of classical and contemporary music, is making his second visit to Korea.

This year’s concert will focus on the composers who heavily influenced Aimard in his musical career: Gyorgy Kurtag (1926-) and Olivier Messiaen (1908-92).

The concert’s first half will focus on Kurtag, whose music Aimard loved so much that he flew off to Hungary to learn composing from the artist. Aimard will play “Passio sine Nomine,” a piece dedicated to the French pianist written by Kurtag himself in celebration of Kurtag’s 90th birthday, along with the Hungarian composer’s “Jatekok” and “Szalkak.”

The second half is dedicated to Messiaen, who taught Aimard and was awed by his talent.

The concert starts at 8 p.m.

Tickets range from 40,000 won to 80,000 won.

Yeoksam Station, line No. 2, exit 7.


Jamsil Indoor Stadium

Nov. 22:
The Hyundai Card Culture Project invites Sigur Ros, the Icelandic post-rock band on par with being a national treasure, to Seoul.

When our ears meet their dreamy melodies, the vast Icelandic fields open up in our minds. Sigur Ros’ ingenious and original style has attracted numerous directors of famous films and TV shows, leading their mood to the peak of the main scenes of “Vanilla Sky (2001),” “127 Hours” (2010), and “We Bought a Zoo (2011),” to name a few.

The lead single of its most popular album, “Takk,” released in 2005, “Hoppipolla,” was played in an advertisement for the blockbuster BBC nature series ”Planet Earth,” leaving an impression in the hearts of many.

The concert starts at 8 p.m.

Tickets range from 88,000 won to 132,000 won.

Sports Complex Station, line No. 2, exits 6 and 7.


Gocheok Sky Dome

Jan. 11:
The nine-time Grammy Award winning rock band Metallica is commencing their Asian tour in Seoul, marking four years since their latest performance in the country in 2013. The comeback is in celebration of the release of their newest album “Hardwired…To Self-Destruct,” which is set for release on Nov. 18.

The band was formed in 1981 by drummer Lars Ulrich and guitarist and vocalist James Hetfield, and has grown into one of the most influential and commercially successful rock bands in history. They have sold at least 110 million albums worldwide, and have travelled the world to play for their fans. When Metallica held a concert in Antarctica, it even earned itself a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records for being the first act to play on all seven continents within a year.

The concert starts at 8 p.m.

Tickets range from 99,000 won to 165,000 won.

Guil Station, line No. 1, exit 2.



National Gugak Center, Yeak-dang

Nov. 10-20:
Author Kim Hoon’s novel “Song of Strings” is reimagined as a gugak drama. Kim Hoon’s novels are well-known for telling stories through connotative words, and hence the show is drawing in interest on how it would set the words to traditional music.

The story revolves around the creation of a Korean instrument, gayageum, believed to have been created in Gaya around the sixth century, while it was in the middle of its 200-year-long war with Silla. Through various developments made over centuries after centuries, we now have the current gayageum, one of the most representative instruments of traditional Korean music.

As many readers of the novel have claimed the story lures them into listening to the sound of gayageum, the performance is expected to quench the readers’ thirst for a musical realization of the novel.

Performances start at 8 p.m. on weekdays and 3 p.m. on weekends.

Tickets range from 10,000 won to 50,000 won.

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

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

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