LG Arts Center
Acclaimed choreographer Matthew Bourne is back with his contemporary ballet “Swan Lake.”
This version of the ballet classic is best known for featuring male ballet dancers in roles that are traditionally performed by female dancers.
The show holds the record of being the longest-running ballet on both Broadway and the West End.
The last time the ballet was staged in Korea was in 2010. This year’s performance reportedly has a whole new set, lights and costumes.
The ballet is based on the Russian classical ballet piece set to the music of Tchaikovsky.
Bourne has created many award-winning dance musicals such as “Sleeping Beauty,” “Nutcracker!” and “Edward Scissorhands.”
The show starts at 8 p.m. from Tuesdays to Fridays and at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on weekends and national holidays.
Tickets range from 60,000 won ($50) to 140,000 won.
Yeoksam Station, line No. 2, exit 7.
GRAND MINT FESTIVAL
The Grand Mint Festival (GMF) is back for its 13th year. Amid music festivals and concerts which heavily feature K-pop boy groups or rock bands, the GMF stages performances from a diverse range of musicians who are not frequently featured on TV. The event has become a major festival for fans who are thirsty for new music.
The music festival organizer has been slowly unveiling the lineup for the two-day music festival, and the list includes musicians of various genres, from ballad singer K.will, who is well-known for songs often featured in famous TV dramas, to singer-songwriter Sunwoo Jung-a, who has previously worked with G-Dragon of K-pop boy band Big Bang.
One-day tickets cost 99,000 won, and two-day tickets are 158,000 won when they are purchased online in advance. Tickets will also be available at the concert venue on the days of the festival.
For more information about the lineup, visit www.mintpaper.co.kr/2019/06/grand-mint-festival-2019 (Korean only).
The festival starts at 10:30 a.m. on both days.
Olympic Park Station, line No. 5, exit 3.
Seoul Arts Center, Opera House
Nov. 6 - 10
The Korean National Ballet presents an original piece of its own titled “Hoi Rang,” which puts emphasis on hyo, a Korean word that describes the love and sense of duty and responsibilities felt by children toward their parents.
Set in the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910), the ballet tells the story of a young woman named Rang, who happens to join the army to fight in a war on behalf of her elderly father. In order to enlist, Rang disguises herself as a man and she comes across Jung, a warrior, in the battlefield and the two develop a bond as they defeat troops. But Jung soon realizes Rang’s identity, and she is quickly on the verge of being kicked out of the army.
The show was choreographed by Kang Hyo-hyung, who is a soloist in the ballet company.
The show starts at 7:30 p.m. from Wednesdays to Fridays and at 3 p.m. on weekends.
Tickets range from 30,000 won to 50,000 won.
Nambu Bus Terminal Station, line No. 3, exit 5.
WHY DON’T WE: 8 LETTERS TOUR
Yes 24 Live Hall
U.S. band Why Don’t We is coming back to Korea for its first solo concert in November.
The five-member band is known for songs like ”These Girls” and “8 Letters.” The concert is part of the group’s world tour promoting their latest album “8 Letters.”
Tickets cost 88,000 won.
The concert starts at 7 p.m.
Chungmu Arts Center
Nov. 16 - March 15
The musical “Rebecca” has returned for its fifth production in Seoul.
The musical is based on the Gothic romance novel by Daphne du Maurier, but it reportedly was inspired by Alfred Hitchcock’s 1940 film “Rebecca,” too.
The musical, which combines romance and suspense, first hit the stage in Vienna in 2006 and has become a beloved musical.
Set in a mansion called Manderley, the musical tells the story of Maxim de Winter, a wealthy widower who lost his wife Rebecca to a drowning accident but still can’t get over the traumatic past. He comes to get married to a woman named I but the new Mrs. Winter finds that Mrs. Danvers, who has been housekeeping the mansion, still lives in the shadow of Rebecca by worshiping her, and the housekeeper even sees her as nuisance.
When the musical was first staged in Seoul, it was the highest-selling musical for five consecutive weeks.
Musical director Robert Johanson has been at the helm of the production since its the premiere.
Four actors including Ryu Jung-han, Um Ki-joon, Kai and Shin Sung-rok will alternate the role of Mr. Winter, while three actresses Shin Young-sook, Oak Joo-hyun and Jang Eun-ah will play Mrs. Danvers.
The show starts at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays; 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays; 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturdays and national holidays; and 3 p.m. on Sundays. There are no shows on Mondays.
Tickets range from 60,000 won to 150,000 won.
Sindang Station, line No. 6, exit 9.
FILM CONCERT: HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS
Sejong Center for the Performing Arts, Grand Theater
Good news for Harry Potter fans - the score of the fantasy film will be performed live during two performances at the Sejong Center for the Performing Arts in central Seoul.
“Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets,” the second film in the series, will be screened in the Grand Theater while songs from the soundtrack are played by the Korea Coop Orchestra simultaneously.
Since 2014, the 70-member orchestra has performed during many operas and held its first film concert - “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” - last year.
The show starts at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Nov. 16 and 17.
Tickets range from 30,000 won to 120,000 won.
Gwanghwamun Station, line No. 5, exit 8.
*Most tickets are available at ticket.interpark.com/global or by calling 1544-1555.