Category Archives: Performance Report

Berlin Double Bill (Part 2)

The second concert of Chun-Hee Lee’s short Berlin tour took place at the Dahlem Museums, a location in the Southern part of the city that houses both the Ethnological Museum and the Museum for Asian Art. (At the time of … Continue reading

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Through the Dream Forest to the Colonial Sherlock by Badaksori

Once more Sherlock, although this time his name is Hong… Beware the Dream Forest! On my way to the ongoing Badaksori Festival (제1회 바닥소리극 페스티벌) at the Dream Forest Art Center (꿈의숲 아트센터) in Northern Seoul, I decided to take … Continue reading

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She She Pop and their Dads in Seoul: Theatrical Genealogies from the Family Album

When studying theatre in Berlin, back in the early days of this century, I loved seeing theatre that took itself serious—no make-believe, no drama, no night like any one before (disclaimer: I still do). At that time, performances by René Pollesch (Telefavela, … Continue reading

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Tales of Three Sisters (Taroo’s Pansori Hamlet Project, part2)

The Pansori Hamlet Project (판소리 햄릿 프로젝트) by Taroo had begun with an unusual encounter: Pansori singers meet actors, Hamlet meets us, today. An inquiry into Shakespeare’s piece and its protagonist, this first stage was about how we can understand … Continue reading

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My Pansori Teacher’s Full-Length Premiere

I took this picture after Gang Seung-ui’s (강승의) first full-length presentation. It shows her with her teacher Song Sun-seop (송순섭) and the drummer of the second half, Bak Geun-yeong (박근영, the first drummer was Gang Ye-jin 강예진). The concert was … Continue reading

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One, two, three… many Hamlets (Taroo’s Pansori Hamlet Project, part1)

Fittingly, with Shakespeare’s 450th birthday coming up, The Pansori Hamlet Project (판소리 햄릿 프로젝트) by gugak ensemble Taroo (국악뮤지컬 집단 타루, also on Facebook) reached a climax this spring with a performance at the Guro Arts Valley (구로 아트밸리 예술극장). It … Continue reading

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Unexpected Pansori Joy with Asiana

I didn’t expect very much when I arrived at the Kumho Asiana Main Tower on Jeongno. The airline obviously used the first “Day of Culture” (문화가 있는 날, from now on every last Wednesday of the month), an initiative by … Continue reading

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