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2005.8.18
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Seoul’s autumn arts event, Seoul International Performing Arts Festival opens Sept. 23
 Now in its 5th holding, the Seoul International Performing Arts Festival (art director: Kim Kwang Lim) is being held this year from Sept. 23 to Oct. 16. The Seoul International Performing Arts Festival was launched in 2001 as a new festival incorporating the Seoul Theater Festival and Seoul Dance Festival that until then had been held separately. In the past few years, the program has consisted largely of the kinds of inclusive or genre-crossing productions that are typical of contemporary theater.
The theme of this year’s festival is “expanding artistic imagination” and the program will include 22 productions by 25 companies and organizations that cross lines not only of genre but also national boundaries to gather participants from 12 countries of Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Australia and the Americas, many of which have participated in international festival like Avignon. Of particular note is the Korean debut of Hideki Noda’s Red Demon produced by the Seoul International Performing Arts Festival (Oct. 13~16). Noda will reside in Seoul for the production period, auditioning and directing Korean actors for a Korean-language production of Red Demon.
Also planned on the program are forums and workshops on the theme of overseas joint productions as related enterprise.
Dates: Sept. 23 - Oct. 16, 2005
Venues: KCAF Arts Theater, Sogang University Mary Hall, the National Theater, Chungmu Art Hall, etc.
Organizer: Seoul International Performing Arts Festival
Supporters: Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Seoul City, The Korean Culture and Arts Foundation, Korean Broadcasting Commission
Seoul Performing Arts Festival WEBSITE: http://www.spaf21.com (Korea / English)
+Program
Opening Performance: Spain / production of La Carnicera teatro / La Historia de Ronald el Payaso de McDonalds performed at the Avignon Festival. (Theater)
Cheers to the appetite of the masse! Don’t even think about a 21st century without McDonalds!
Sept. 23-25: Sogang University Mary Hall
Korea / Dance Theater CcadoO   Blue Stone (dance)
Sept. 23-24: Chungmu Art Hall Grand Theater
Korea, Cyprus / Lee Gyoung Un & Evas   The TWO (dance)
Sept. 24-25, KCAF Arts Theater Small Hall
Korea / Seoul Ballet Theater   Three Colors from Modern Ballet (dance)
Sept. 27-28: Chungmu Art Hall Grand Theater
Belgium / La Cie Michele Noirte, Do We Ever Know? (dance)
Sept. 27-28: Sogang University Mary Hall
Canada / Les Deux Mondes, 2191 Nights (theater)
Sept. 28-30: National Theater Small Theater
Korea / Theatre Golmokgil   West Pier (theater)
Sept. 28-Oct. 1: KCAF Arts Theater Small Hall
Korea / Korea Festival Ensemble Tolstoy in Music (music, theater)
Experimental music theater
Sept. 29-30: Dangduk Women’s University Art Center
Russia / Formainy Theater   School for Fools (theater)
Oct. 1-3: Sogang University Mary Hall
Tunisia / Familia Production   JUNUN (theater)
Oct. 1-4: KCAF Arts Theater Main Hall
Iran, Germany / Project Group   Letters from Tentland (dance)
Oct. 2-3: National Theater Small Theater
Korea, international / An Un Mi Company   Let me change your name? (dance)
Oct. 3-4: Chungmu Art Hall Grand Theater
Korea / Mokwha Repertory Company Romeo and Juliet (theater)
Oct. 3-9: National Theater The Open Stage
Korea / Group Party   Terrorists (theater)
Oct. 4-7: KCAF Arts Theater Small Hall
Korea / Jung Shin-Hea & Kim Hyo-Jin & Kim Yoon-Jin   Encountering Revolution (dance)
Oct. 5-6: Sogang University Mary Hall
Korea / Sadari Movement Lab   Cherry Orchard (theater)
Oct. 5-9: Sadari Art Center
Korea / Kim Sam Jin Dance Company   Terminal (dance)
Oct. 9-10: KCAF Arts Theater Small Hall
Belgium / La Cie Mossoux-Bonte   Twin Houses (dance)
Oct. 15-16: Sogang University Mary Hall
Germany / Dorky Park Company   Back to the Present (dance, theater)
Oct. 7-9: KCAF Arts Theater Main Hall
Brazil / Group de Rua de Niteroi   H2-2005 - Philosophical Break Dance
Oct. 11-13: Sogang University Mary Hall
Korea, Japan / Seoul Performing Arts Festival production, Red Demon (theater)
Oct. 13-16: KCAF Arts Theater Small Hall
Closing Performance / 2002 Melbourne Festival, Seoul International Performing Arts Festival joint production
Australia, Korea / NYID & Torgoji Theater, K (theater)
Oct. 13-16: KCAF Arts Theater Main Hall
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