Category Archives: Exercises in Translation

Beyond To Live or To Die: Hamlet in Korean Translation, Part 1

Translation is interpretation. It is creation as well as dismissal. It is a series of choices that are hard to count, even harder to overestimate. I once again was reminded of this practical fact while browsing through a number of … Continue reading

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(One of) the First Theatre(s) in Seoul was Here!

I had been on the lookout for this for quite a while, knowing it must be somewhere around Gwanghwamun, but I couldn’t find it, until today. Running for the bus, I almost missed it again. But then I stopped and … Continue reading

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The Conversations are (Not) Over

The Conversations are over, at least in Braunschweig, where Creative VaQi’s play The Conversations (크리에이티브 바키, 몇 가지 방식의 대화들), directed by Kyung Sung Lee (이경성) was shown last weekend at the Theaterformen-festival. And The Conversations just begun – in the … Continue reading

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Lines of Grass 풀줄: Two Poems on the Roots Far Away?

Standing in the subway this morning, I came across an interesting poem, on the screen of my phone. It was the title that made me read it twice: “Das Gras” (The Grass, 풀) is almost similar* to Korean “participant” poet … Continue reading

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Beautiful Drummers: Pungmul on Campus

The first day of this new semester on the countryside campus of Korea University (officially located in the new “capital” Sejong City, actually rather on the outskirts of the nearby village Jochiwon) was quite stressful. I was running from here … Continue reading

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Foundlings: The Dwarf Ensemble (Theatre and Globalization 1)

This spring I joined a class on “Theatre and Globalization” at Coursera to give this MOOC-thing a try. The class is run by Christopher Balme and his team of the Research Project “Global Theatre Histories” at LMU München (see also … Continue reading

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Threehundred Tons of Vegetables: The Non-Verbal Performance Nanta

Nanta (난타) was the very first performance I saw in Korea, back in the rainy spring of 2006. In the short time span of one week, we did all kinds of sightseeing, from the Folk Village to Gyeongbok Palace, from … Continue reading

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