2021 March 23 TicketLE CORSAIRE
Seoul Arts Center, Opera Theater
Through March 28: The Korean National Ballet (KNB) presents one of its popular shows, “Le Corsaire.”
“Le Corsaire” is based on “The Pirates,” an epic poem by Lord Byron.
The state-run ballet company staged a reinterpretation of “Le Corsaire” for the first time in 15 years last November. The new version was highly praised by both audience members and critics.
When the ballet company performed “Le Corsaire” years ago on home soil, it was based on the original choreography by French dancer and choreographer Marius Petipa, but the troupe has added its own flavor this time with choreography by young ballet dancer Song Jung-bin. Song has been presenting works through the KNB Movement Series, which is designed to nurture choreographers within the Korean National Ballet.
KNB said Song has focused on stage direction for the latest production.
“Le Corsaire” depicts the journey of a pirate ship steered by Conrad the captain, in search of his love Medora, who has been captured by slave trader Lankendem.
Park Seul-ki, Kim Li-hoe, Park Ye-eun and Cho Yeon-jae will alternate the role of Medora while Lee Jae-woo, Kim Ki-wan, Park Jong-seok and Heo Seo-myeong alternate the role of Conrad.
The ballet performance starts at 7:30 p.m. on weekdays; at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday and at 3 p.m. on Sunday.
Tickets range from 5,000 won ($4.40) to 80,000 won.
Nambu Bus Terminal Station, line No. 3, exit 5.
Through March 28: Jeongdong Theater's new Theater Arts Group, consisting of 10 dancers and six percussionists, has premiered its first traditional performance titled "SINAWI, Awakening" at its theater in central Seoul.
This dance performance is inspired by dances that are carried out during the gut, which is Korea's traditional shaman ritual. Sinawi is a Korean word that refers to improvisational ensemble music.
Lee Gyu-un, the choreographer of the group, said this dance performance is a gut, not for the dead but for those who are alive, adding that the performance will not be "as heavy and traditional."
The performance begins at 8 p.m. on Thursday and Friday and at 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
Tickets cost 40,000 won.
City Hall Station, line No. 1 and 2, exit 12.
D-Cube Arts Center
April 2 – July 18: The Korean production of a hit musical “Chicago” is gearing up to be staged at the D-Cube Arts Center in western Seoul.
The musical is based on a 1926 play of the same name by reporter Maurine Dallas Watkins about actual criminals and crimes she reported on in Chicago. The musical revolves around Roxie Hart, an ambitious chorus girl, who murders her lover. Tiffany Young, a member of K-pop girl group Girls’ Generation has been cast to play Roxie. Veteran musical actor and singer Ivy will alternate the role with Tiffany Young.
Other cast members include Yoon Gong-ju and Choi Jung-won who will alternate the role of Velma Kelly; and Park Gun-hyung and Choi Jae-lim, who will be alternating the role of Billy.
Show begins at 7:30 p.m. on weekdays; at 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on weekends. There are no shows on Mondays.
Tickets range from 60,000 won to 140,000 won.
Sindorim Station, lines No. 1 and 2, exit 1 or 5.
Seongnam Arts Center, Opera House
April 3 – 4: The National Dance Company of Korea’s signature performance “Ceremony 64” will be staged at the Seongnam Arts Center in Gyeonggi.
The dance performance is the national company’s new interpretation of Korea’s traditional ceremony dances, showcasing different types ranging from royal ancestral rites to Buddhism rituals.
The performance, which premiered six years ago, is known to invite all 47 dancers of the company, who stay on the stage throughout the performance. This is to showcase a traditional eight-line dance to a Buddhist chant.
The performance begins at 3 p.m.
Tickets range from 20,000 won to 70,000 won.
Imae Station, Bundang line, exit 1.
LEAGUE OF LEGENDS LIVE: THE ORCHESTRA
Sejong Center for the Performing Arts, Grand Theater
Orchestra versions of "Warriors," and "Pentakill Medley" among many other tracks will be performed, providing anyone who has played LoL before, a unique audiovisual experience.
The renowned KBS Symphony Orchestra will play under the baton of Jin Sol.
The performance will also be streamed live at Megabox.
The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and at 5 p.m. on Saturday.
Tickets cost 30,000 won to 90,000 won.
Gwanghwamun Station, line No. 5, exit 8.
Doosan Art Center, Yeongang Hall
April 27 – June 20: Based on a Japanese play “This Time it’s Real” by Mayumi Nakatani, the Korean production of the play with a new title, “Hello Summer” will be staged at the Doosan Art Center in central Seoul next month. The play, which premiered in Japan in 2002, revolves around a couple who have been married for six years.
For the upcoming play, actors Jung Won-jo, Song Yong-jin and Jang Ji-hu will alternate the role of Taemin, the husband, while Park Hye-na and Lee Ye-eun will alternate the role of Summer, the wife.
The play begins at 8 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays; 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Wednesdays; and at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. on weekends and public holidays. There are no shows on Mondays.
Tickets cost 66,000 won.
Jongno 5-ga station, line No. 1, exit 1.
ZIA HYUNSU SHIN & DITTO ORCHESTRA
Lotte Concert Hall
April 14: Violinist Zia Hyunsu Shin will showcase the famous "The Four Seasons" by Antonio Vivaldi as well as Astor Piazzolla's "Four Seasons in Buenos Aires" in an upcoming concert next month.
Thanks to her powerful performance, Shin has earned a wide fandom. She won the first prize at Marguerite Long-Jacques Thibaud International Violin Competition in 2008 and made her professional debut as a solo violinist the following year playing Mendelssohn Violin Concerto at the National Symphony Orchestra of Washington D.C. under Ivan Fischer.
The concert begins at 11:30 a.m.
Tickets cost 38,000 won.
Jamsil Station, line No. 2, exit 1 or 2.
AN JONG-DO HARPSICHORD PIANO RECITAL
Seoul Arts Center, IBK Chamber Hall
April 24: Pianist An Jong-do will be staging a recital for the first time in four years. He'll not only perform on piano but show off his harpsichord skills as well.
In the first half of the recital, An will be performing French composer Louis Couperin's works on harpsichord and then Mozart's pieces. Then in the second half, he'll move onto the piano to perform various pieces from different eras including Johann Froberger and Robert Schumann.
The recital begins at 8 p.m.
Tickets range from 30,000 won to 50,000 won.
Nambu Bus Terminal Station, line No. 3, exit 5.
Blue Square, Sinhan Card Hall
Through May 1: The Korean production of blockbuster Broadway musical "Wicked" has made its return to Korea for the first time in five years. The sell-out show will feature veteran musical actors including Oak Joo-hyun and Son Seung-yeon as Elphaba and Jung Sun-ah and Na Ha-na as Glinda.
Adapted from the best-selling novel "Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West" (1995) by Gregory Maguire, the musical is an alterative view of L. Frank Baum's famous story "The Wizard of Oz."
Taking the point of view of Oz's witches, "Wicked" shows how the Wicked Witch of the West and the Good Witch of the North were originally close friends.
The musical gained a strong following after its premiere in Korea in 2012 and an 11-month run in 2013.
Performances start at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays; 3 p.m. on Wednesdays; and at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on weekends and holidays.
There are no shows on Mondays.
Tickets range in price from 60,000 won to 150,000 won.
Hangangjin Station, line No. 6, exit 2 or 3.
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