Monthly Archives: May 2015

Struggling with the Korean Past: Book Review of Plays by Oh Tae-Suk in German Translation

Last summer in Berlin, I received a book for review, a collection of plays by Korean dramatist Oh Tae-Suk (오태석) in German translation: Mumiengrab und andere Theaterstücke (The Grass Tomb and other Plays, Edition Peperkorn, 2013). I knew one of … Continue reading

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Myeongdong Theatre (Theater and Globalization 2)

While most of Christopher Balme’s Coursera-MOOC on Theatre and Globalization was about ephemerals and moving things (ensembles, people, ideas etc.), “immobilities” (Korean: 부동산, German: Immobilien) such as theatre buildings also played an important role as cultural hubs and “contact zones” … Continue reading

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Back Home: Seoul Stages Just Turned Five Years

It’s been exactly five years since I started this blog,*** right after arriving in Seoul for a year of intensive Korean classes at Sogang University. My first post is, when I read it today, a rather obscure text on memories, … Continue reading

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New Exhibition at Hapjungjigu: Incompetent Talents by Kang Dong-Hyeong

After the opening of art space Hapjeong Jigu (합정지구, Facebook) earlier this year, this is already the third exhibition. On show are recent works by painter Kang Dong-Hyeong (강동형), graduate of Kookmin University (국민대학교). If there is a connecting theme, … Continue reading

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We’ll Meet Again: Lee Man Hee Retrospective at the Korean Film Archive

I had seen a few Korean movies in Paris, but those were for the most part international festival darlings like Oldboy (올드보이) by Park Chan-wook, Binjip (빈집) and almost everything else by Kim Ki-duk, The President’s Last Bang (그때 그사람들) … Continue reading

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