Category Archives: In the News

Possibly the First Mention of Brecht in Colonial Korea (Dong-a Ilbo, 1933)

While browsing online newspaper archives, I (more or less) coincidentally stumbled upon what might be the very first reference to Bertolt Brecht in Korean media. At least I cannot remember reading anything about this (albeit brief) mention, or any earlier … Continue reading

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Best of Blacklist? (Attendum to “Best of Korean Theatre 2016”)

Now the (lunar) year is almost over… I did not mention an important aspect when writing about last years “Best 3” and “Best 7”: The stand they represent against politically motivated censorship, which has been a major issue during the … Continue reading

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Best of Korean Theatre 2016 (part1): Official Rankings

As this crazy year draws to an end, as usual the best theatre productions in Korea have been selected and awards are handed out. Two of the most important selections are the “best 7” by the monthly journal Korean Theatre … Continue reading

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Foundlings: Shakespeare Readings in 19th Century Korea (Theatre and Globalization 3)

Browsing old newspapers (고신문) at Media GaOn (미디어 가온) for the first assignment of the Coursera class on “Theatre and Globalization”, I stumbled upon an interesting piece of information in the column “Local Items”. According to The Independent (독립신문), a … Continue reading

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50 Years after Korea: German Nationwide Inventory of Intangible Cultural Heritage

I was pretty surprised when I recently read that carnival has been registered as an Intangible Cultural Heritage in Germany (sorry, couldn’t find any English press coverage, here the Wikipedia-page on the Cologne Carnival, where I had some fun as a … 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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Chuseok-Interview on Pansori now available as Podcast (and others)

Last Chuseok, I had a nice talk about pansori with Walter A. Foreman of “Inside Out”, a weekly interview show on eFM, the English station of tbs (Traffic Broadcasting System, 교통방송국). My interview was broadcast the next Saturday and is … Continue reading

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