“Baribari Chochom Didimsae 2011”: National Dance Company of Korea has been offering this performance series since 2001 to help the public better understand and appreciate Korean dance which is often considered difficult. It presents both traditional dances and new choreography inspired from the traditional dances. It runs through July 24 at The National Theater of Korea in Jangchung-dong, central Seoul. For more information, call (02) 2280-4115~6 or visit www.ntok.go.kr.
“6th Physical Theater Festival In Seoul 2011”: The 6th Physical Theater Festival In Seoul 2011 presents powerful performances by 13 dance teams including Do Theatre from Germany, Toti Toronell from Spain and Y Movement Factory from South Korea. The festival runs through July 17 at Wonder Space in Hyehwa-dong, central Seoul. Admission is 20,000 won. For more information, call (02) 754-7462 or visit www.physicaltheater.co.kr.
A scene from “The Sensual Difference” at the 6th Physical Theater Festival In Seoul 2011 (Physical Theater Festival In Seoul)
“Flying Lesson”: The nation’s three top ballerinas ― Kim Ji-young, Kim Se-yeon and Lim Hye-kyung ― will hold a contemporary ballet show from July 22-23 at Seoul Arts Center’s Towol Theater in Seocho-dong, southern Seoul. Casey Herd, Jozef Varga and Rubi Pronk, three ballet dancers from the Dutch National Ballet, will join them as partners. The lineup includes “Minos,” “The Grey Room,” “Drink Me, Eat Me” and “Flying Lesson.” Tickets range from 10,000 won to 70,000 won. For more information, call (02) 6900-3900 or visit www.ligarthall.com.
“Miso”: Translated as “beautiful smile,” the musical “Miso” offers a compact presentation of everything Korean culture first-timers could wish for. It blends ten different kinds of traditional dances, five traditional games and a wedding ritual into the main story line based on a well-known folktale, “The Tale of Chunhyang.” There are very few spoken lines throughout the whole performance, making it ideal for audiences of diverse nationalities. “Miso” is showing as an open run at Chongdong Theater in Jeong-dong, central Seoul. Tickets range from 30,000 won to 50,000 won. For more information, call (02) 751-1500 or visit www.koreamiso.com.