2020.11.24 TicketOnline shows
Nov. 27 - 28: "Revisor," a dance performance based on a satirical play by the Russian-Ukrainian dramatist and novelist Nikolai Gogol titled “The Government Inspector,” will be provided online for Korean theatergoers this weekend.
LG Arts Center has organized the online show in efforts to provide quality performances since so many have been canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. “Revisor” was scheduled to be performed at the LG Arts Center in May.
“Revisor” is dance theater master Crystal Pite’s latest piece, and she worked together with theater-maker Jonathon Young. The performance draws on Young’s adaptation of Gogol’s play “The Government Inspector,” which tells the story of petty bureaucracy, mistaken identity, mixed motives and the extensive political corruption of Imperial Russia.
Eight dancers of the Kidd Pivot company take the stage to perform and lip-sync to scripted voiceovers by Young’s actors. “Revisor” premiered in 2019, and the performance staged at the Sadler’s Wells in London early this year will be streamed for the Korean audience.
Tickets for the livestreamed performance cost 12,000 won ($11).
The play will be performed in English, and Korean subtitles will be provided.
The livestream begins at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and at 3 p.m. on Saturday.
DOCUMENTED LIVE: DIRECTED BY B1A4
Dec. 5: K-pop boy band B1A4 will be holding an online concert amid the Covid-19 pandemic. A poster of the concert was unveiled on Nov. 22, which included the members’ comments on their upcoming performance.
“We wanted to show our fans different sides of us, such as the images of us offline,” said Sandeul. “From beginning to the end, we’ll be showcasing how we worked to produce this concert.”
According to CJ ENM, the upcoming show is not an ordinary concert but a “documentary show,” which will feature not only the band's performance but also a screening of a documentary on the members everyday lives.
The concert will be available at a special site at Interpark and ticket holders will be provided detailed information on how to log in and watch the show.
The concert begins at 5 p.m.
Tickets for the online concert cost 39,000 won.
National Theater of Korea, Byeoloreum Theater
Nov. 27 – 28: Seven veteran traditional Korean dancers who have danced on the professional stage for more than 30 years will perform together to show the essence of Korean traditional dance.
Each dancer will take turns on stage to show off traditional dances that have been reinterpreted in their own styles in an attempt to "rewrite tradition," according to the National Dance Company of Korea.
Dancer Kim Won-gyeong will be reinterpreting a fan dance, while Park Jae-soon will fuse the drum beat used in Buddhist dance and the drum beat of the Jindo region to create a new style.
Information on other dancers' performances is available on the webpage of the National Theater of Korea.
Tickets cost 20,000 won.
The performance starts at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Saturday.
Dongguk University Station, line No. 3, exit 6.
CHO SEONG-JIN PIANO RECITAL
Seoul Arts Center, Concert Hall
Nov. 28: Korea's star pianist Cho Seong-jin, who is currently touring across the country for his first recital in his motherland in nearly three years, decided to add an extra day in Seoul for those who didn't get their hands on a ticket. Cho's encore recital will be held on Nov. 28.
Cho kicked off the tour on Oct. 28, stopping at different cities including Gwangju, Daegu, Busan, Changwon, Chuncheon, Gyeongju, Daejeon and Yeosu. His Seoul concert, for which tickets sold out in minutes, was on Nov. 4.
Cho will be performing Schumann's "Humoreske Op. 20," Szymanowski's "Masques Op. 34" and Listz's "Piano Sonata in b minor."
Since winning the International Chopin Piano Competition in 2015, the 25-year-old pianist became a star in Korea, making his concert tickets some of the most difficult to get.
The recital begins at 5 p.m.
Tickets range from 50,000 won to 110,000 won.
Nambu Bus Terminal Station, line No. 3, exit 5.
SUNWOOK KIM PIANO RECITAL
Lotte Concert Hall
Dec. 8: As pianist Kim Sun-wook is known for his performances of Beethoven's pieces, many of his fans were anticipating a recital of the famed German composer's work as this year marks the 250th anniversary his birth. However, due to the coronavirus pandemic, Kim's scheduled recitals were canceled twice, in March and September.
But Kim is giving it a last go for this year, with plans to hold a recital on Dec. 8 at the Lotte Concert Hall, presenting several Beethoven pieces including "Andante Favori WoO 57" as well as "Piano Sonata No. 30, Op. 109," "Piano Sonata No. 31, Op. 110" and "Piano Sonata No. 32, Op. 111."
In the second part of this recital, Kim will make his debut as a conductor. Under his baton, the KBS Symphony Orchestra will perform Beethoven's "Egmont Overture, Op. 84" and his "Piano Concert No. 2, Op. 19."
Like many pianists, Kim hoped to stand on a podium one day and began his two-year postgraduate course in orchestra conducting at the Royal College of Music in 2010.
Preparing for the upcoming recital, Kim expressed he has a great deal of fear but at the same time is happy that he can show a different side of himself to his fans.
Kim's passion for Beethoven was acknowledged when he was invited to perform at a concert to celebrate the birth of Beethoven in 2012. Kim was also the first beneficiary of the Beethoven monitoring program in 2013 and was given access to the composer's hand-written documents for further studies.
The concert starts at 8 p.m.
Tickets range from 30,000 won to 100,000 won.
Jamsil Station, line No. 2, exit 1 or 2.
LEE SO-RA CONCERT
Blue Square, iMarket Hall
Dec. 17 - 31: Veteran singer Lee So-ra will be holding 10 concerts throughout December at the Blue Square in central Seoul, providing a year-end event for her fans.
According to the concert organizer, Fortune, her concert will be "very Christmassy and wintery," allowing audience members to have a warm year-end evening with Lee's songs.
Tickets cost 121,000 won.
The concert starts at 8 p.m. on weekdays and at 6 p.m. on weekends.
Hangangjin Station, line No. 6, exit 2 or 3.
BLACK MARY POPPINS
Daehangno TOM1 Theater
Through Dec. 31: Korea's original musical "Black Marry Poppins" is currently being staged in Daehangno, the mecca of Korea's performing arts. For 100 minutes without intermission, this psychological mystery thriller revolves around four siblings investigating the events that led to the murder of their father and disappearance of their nanny named Mary.
The music and the story of the musical is written by Seo Yoon-mi, who is also the director of the musical.
Tickets range from 44,000 won to 66,000 won.
The musical starts at 8 p.m. on weekdays; at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturdays; at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Sundays. There are no shows on Mondays.
Hyehwa Station, line No. 4, exit 1.
THE LAST EMPRESS
Seoul Arts Center, Opera Theater
Jan. 6 – Feb. 26: "The Last Empress" is Korea's first original musical that was created 25 years ago to mark the 100th year of the death of Empress Myeongseong (1951-95). For the past 25 years, the musical has been loved by many Koreans in and outside the country, for retelling the story of the last empress of Korea who was assassinated by the Japanese government in Gyeongbok Palace.
The musical was also nominated for the 10th LA Ovation Awards last year and won prizes at the second and fourth Korea Musical Awards.
It has smashed Korean musical records, having played at the New York State Theater and Lincoln Center in 1997 and 1998, and also in London's West End in 2002.
The show starts at 8 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays; 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays; at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Saturdays and at 2 p.m. on Sundays. There are no shows on Mondays.
Tickets range from 60,000 won to 130,000 won.
Nambu Bus Terminal Station, line No. 3, exit 5.
LG Arts Center
Through March 7: Young and promising sailor Edmond Dantes is living his best life and looking forward to his upcoming marriage to a woman named Mercedes.
But all his hopes are dashed when jealous men scheme against him. Mondego, who also loves Mercedes, and Danglars, who wishes to become the captain of the ship, spread rumors about Edmond and he ends up with a 14-year prison sentence.
Edmond seeks to escape by digging an underground tunnel with the help of Abbe Faria, who tells him about the treasures kept on the island of Monte Cristo. Edmond miraculously succeeds in getting out and reaching the island and ends up a rich man with the new name of "The Count of Monte Cristo."
The Korean production of this popular musical "Monte Cristo" will kick off at the LG Arts Center on Nov. 17 to mark the 10th anniversary of the musical.
Actors Kai, Um Ki-joon and Sin Seong-rok will alternate the role of the Count, while Oak Joo-hyun, Lee Ji-hye and Lina will alternate the role of Mercedes.
Performances start at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays; at 8 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays; and at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on weekends and public holidays.
Tickets range from 60,000 won to 150,000 won.
Yeoksam Station, line No. 2, exit 7.
*Most tickets are available at ticket.interpark.com/global or by calling 1544-1555.