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[Highlights] Arts and entertainment calendar


French dance company Compagnie DCA performs “Contact.” (Official website)
French dance company Compagnie DCA performs “Contact.” (Official website)

“Sleeping Beauty”: Korean National Ballet will perform “Sleeping Beauty” at the Seoul Arts Center Opera House from Nov. 3-6. After presenting Rudolf Nureyev’s rendition in 2004, the group is back with a different take of the classic fairy tale, choreographed by Marcia Haydee, a former prima ballerina of the Stuttgart Ballet group. The performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. on weekdays, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on the Saturday and 2 p.m. on the Sunday. Tickets range from 5,000 won to 100,000 won, and can be reserved at For inquiries, call (02) 587-6181.

“Incheon Young Choreographers’ Competition”: The first ever Incheon Young Choreographers’ Competition will be taking place at Bupyeong Arts Center in Incheon on Nov. 3. The competition will feature original pieces from budding Korean choreographers and dancers, including Hwang Jung-hwan, Beast Sense Dance Project, Hwang Da-som and Kang Soo-in. The event will begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are 10,000 won, and can be reserved at For inquiries, call (032) 865-5474.

“Contact”: Compagnie DCA, a French dance company led by Philippe Decoufle, will be presenting an original piece “Contact” at LG Art Center from Nov. 11-13. Part-dance and part-musical, “Contact” aims to portray the endless potential of human passions and emotions through illusion, comedy and, oftentimes, absurdity. The performance will begin at 8 p.m. on the Friday, 7 p.m. on the Saturday and 3 p.m. on the Sunday. Tickets range from 40,000 won to 80,000 won, and can be reserved at For inquiries, call (02) 2005-0114.

“The Little Prince”: Now celebrating its fifth year, the Korea National Contemporary Dance Company will be performing the French classic “The Little Prince” at the Gimhae Arts and Sports Center in Gimhae on Dec. 3 at 5 p.m. An adaptation of Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s novella, the performance will showcase the group’s unique take on the widely-known story about the world seen through the eyes of a boy from a faraway star. Tickets range from 20,000 won to 30,000 won, and are available at For inquiries, call (055) 320-1234.    


“Blackberries and Crow - Birds of a Feather” by Emma Hack (Official website)
“Blackberries and Crow - Birds of a Feather” by Emma Hack (Official website)
“Gathering Clouds”: Kukje Gallery is holding a solo exhibition of renowned artist Anish Kapoor until Oct. 30. The exhibition presents sculptures that are results of his exploration of materials and abstraction. On display are twisted rectangle stainless steel blocks with polished surfaces, and sculptural voids in fiberglass and steel at the K1 and K3 exhibition spaces. For more information, visit

“Nam June Paik Show”: Large-scale installations by Nam June Paik, including a few rarely seen in previous exhibitions of Paik’s works, are on display at the commemorative exhibition that celebrates the late artist’s 84th birthday. Highlight pieces of the exhibition, which opened on July 20 at Dongdaemun Design Plaza, include large video art installations “Turtle” and “M200,” which consist of many television monitors that each show imposing images created and edited by Paik. The exhibition runs until Oct. 30 at DDP. Tickets range from 5,000 won for children to 15,000 won for adults. For more information, visit

“Body Flower”: Australian artist Emma Hack, known for body-painted illusionary artwork, is holding a solo exhibition at Savina Museum of Contemporary Art through Oct. 30. The museum is showcasing 49 photographs the artist created since 2005. The nine different series of photographs are themed with natural elements and reveal painted bodies camouflaged against background images. For more information, visit

“Water-Moon Avalokiteshvara”: A rare Goryeo Buddhist painting “Water-Moon Avalokiteshvara” is currently on display at the National Museum of Korea in Seoul. With less than 50 known pieces in existence today, the 14th-century painting only recently returned to Korea after it was purchased by Kolmar Korea CEO Yoon Dong-han from an art dealer in Japan. After its public exhibition until Nov. 13, the painting will be taken into further restoration and research for a year. For more information, visit

“Wallpaper +”:  Print Bakery, gallery run by Korean auction house Seoul Auction, is holding a special exhibition of print art from contemporary designer Chang Eung-bok at its flagship store in Samcheong-dong, Seoul from now until Nov. 13. The collection features the artist’s modern take on traditional Korean lifestyles using various textiles and patterns. For more information, visit

“Denmark:Design”: In collaboration with Design Museum Denmark, the Seoul Arts Center is showcasing some of the most understated, yet eye-catching works of everyday household items from leading Danish designers and brands, including Hans. Wegner, Vitra, Bang & Olufsen, Finn Juhl, and more. The exhibition runs from now until Nov. 20. Tickets are 10,000 won for adults, and range from 5,000 won to 8,000 won for children. For more information, visit

“Archive of Mind”: The National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea is hosting artist Kim Soo-ja’s solo show as part of its annual exhibition program sponsored by Hyundai Motor Company. The exhibition showcases latest works by Kim, including site-specific installations, videos, sculptures and photos that explore the body and the mind. The exhibition runs until Feb. 5, 2016 at Gallery 5 and the museum’s courtyard. For more information, visit

“The Parliament of Possibilities”: Danish-Icelandic installation artist Olafur Eliasson is holding a solo exhibition at Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art in Seoul. An experimental artist who works with a wide range of elements and concepts, Eliasson will be presenting a total of 22 works, from “Moss wall,” made with moss from Iceland, to “Your unpredictable path,” a glass sculpture made from more than 1,000 spheres. The exhibition runs from now until Feb. 26, 2017. Tickets are 8,000 won for adults, and 4,000 won for children. For more information, visit

“Nick Knight:Image”: British photographer Nick Knight is holding his first Seoul exhibition at Daelim Museum. Best known for his collaborations with leading design icons, including Alexander McQueen, Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent and more, Knight will be showcasing some of his never-before-seen photographs and digital images from over the years. The exhibition runs from now until March 26, 2017. Tickets are 5,000 won for adults, and range from 2,000 won to 3,000 won for children. For more information, visit

Pop music

Rapper Mino of boy group Winner (YG Entertainment)
Rapper Mino of boy group Winner (YG Entertainment)

“No Sleep ’Til...”: Some of the biggest names from Korea’s hip-hop scene are getting together for one night at the Olympic Hall in Olympic Park on Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. Up-and-coming female artist Ilya will be kicking off the night. The concert will also feature BewhY, Mnet’s hip-hop competition show “Show Me the Money” season five winner, rapper-producer Paloalto, boy group Block B lead Zico and singer-songwriter Dean. Newly formed duo MOBB -- boy band Winner’s Mino and iKON’s Bobby -- will also be performing tracks from its debut album “The MOBB.” Tickets range from 66,000 won to 88,000 won, and can be reserved at

“Kim Feel”: Singer-songwriter Kim Feel will be holding concerts on Nov. 12 and Nov.13 at Yonsei University‘s Centennial Hall, located in Seodaemun-gu, Seoul. The concert will begin at 6 p.m. on Saturday and at 5 p.m. on Sunday. Kim, who was the runner-up on the sixth season of the popular talent competition program “Superstar K” in 2014, will be performing a never-before-heard track. Tickets range from 99,000 won to 110,000 won, and can be reserved at

“BTS”: Popular K-pop boy group BTS, short for Bangtan Boys, is holding a concert on Nov. 12-13 at the Gocheok Sky Dome, located in Guro-gu, Seoul. The concert will take place at 5 p.m. on Saturday and 4 p.m. on Sunday. The boy band was formed by Big Hit Entertainment in 2013 and debuted that year with its first album “2 Cool 4 Skool.” Since then, they have garnered significant international popularity, with fan club members spread out through Southeast Asia, China and Japan. The band has heavy hip-hop influences in its pop-dance songs. Known for its large social media presence, BTS was identified by Forbes as the most retweeted artist on Twitter in March. All tickets are priced at 55,000 won and can be reserved at

“One OK Rock”: Japanese rock band One OK Rock is holding a concert in Seoul’s KBS Arena in Seoul’s Hwagok-dong, Gangseo-gu, on Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. Formed in Tokyo in 2005, the alternative rock, post-hardcore band is composed of members Taka, Toru, Ryota and Tomoya. It has released eight studio albums and two Eps so far. Popular songs include 2010’s “Wherever You Are,” 2013’s “Clock Strikes” and 2015’s “Heartache” and “Cry Out.” Acts associated with the band include News, Neck Deep, All Time Low, Sleeping with Sirens, 5 Seconds of Summer, My First Story and Cold Rain. Tickets are priced at 99,000 won and 110,000 won. For inquiries, email

Classical music

Maestro Chung Myung-whun (Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra)
Maestro Chung Myung-whun (Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra)

“Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra & Chung Myung-whun”:
Former Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra music director Chung Myung-whun will be returning to the local stage in November, taking helm of one of the classical world’s greatest ensembles – the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. Chung and the Vienna Phil is slated to perform Beethoven’s “Symphony no. 6 F major “Pastorale,” Op. 68” and Brahms’ Symphony No. 4 E minor, Op. 98 at the Seoul Arts Center’s Concert Hall on Nov. 2. Ticket prices range from 70,000 won to 380,000 won. For more information, call 1577-5266.

“Chung Kyung-wha: Bach”: Chung Kyung-wha needs no introduction as one of Korea’s most recognized and highly regarded musicians. She first began playing the violin at the age of 6 and was immediately recognized as a child prodigy. She made her concert debut at the tender age of 9 with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, performing the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto. At 13, Chung enrolled at The Juilliard School in New York City and began studying with masters Ivan Galamian and Joseph Szigeti. Chung’s upcoming concert recital will be entirely dedicated to the works of Bach. The performance will be held at Seoul Arts Center’s Concert Hall on Nov. 19 at 2 p.m. Ticket prices range from 40,000 won to 150,000 won. For more information, call 1577-5266.

“San Francisco Symphony”: The world-renowned San Francisco Symphony will perform at the Seoul Arts Center Concert Hall on Nov. 10 at 8 p.m. The concert will be conducted by the symphony’s music director Michael Tilson Thomas, who has been lauded by the San Francisco Examiner as “an enthusiastic ambassador for classical music.” The performance will be accompanied by award-winning classical pianist Lim Dong-hyek. Tickets range from 60,000 won to 280,000 won and can be reserved at For inquiries, call 1577-5266.

“Clara-Jumi Kang & Son Yeol-eum”: Critically acclaimed Korean violinist Clara-Jumi Kang and pianist Son Yeol-eum will hold a duo concert presenting Brahms and Schumann pieces at the Seoul Arts Center on Nov. 17 at 8 p.m. Born in Germany, Kang is an award-winning violinist who has performed with world-class composers and chamber musicians, including Chung Myung-whun, Gidon Kremer and Jian Wang. Born and raised in Korea, Son first gained international recognition when she was chosen as the soloist for New York Philharmonic’s Asia tour in 2004. Tickets range from 30,000 won to 100,000 won and can be reserved at For inquiries, call (070) 8879-8485.


Scene from the musical, “Phantom.” (EMK Musical Company)
Scene from the musical, “Phantom.” (EMK Musical Company)

Not to be confused with Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Broadway smash hit production “The Phantom of the Opera,” “Phantom” is a musical with music and lyrics by Maury Yeston and based on the novel by Arthur Kopit. The musical’s storyline is often billed as the “hidden and untold” story of the infamous opera ghost. The Korean rendition of the musical will star Park Eun-tae, Park Hyo-shin and Jeon Dong-suk. “Phantom” will be staged at the Blue Square theater in Seoul from Nov. 26 to Feb. 26. Ticket prices range from 60,000 won to 140,000 won. For more information, call 1577-6478.

“Monte Cristo”: Edmund Dantes, a promising young sailor, is awaiting his wedding with the beautiful Mercedes until he is suddenly falsely accused and arrested for conspiracy by the dastardly Mondeo, who is secretly in love with the fair Mercedes. The musical rendition of the famed literary tale of “Monte Cristo” will be held at the Chungmu Art Hall’s Grand Theater in Seoul from Nov. 19 to Feb. 12. It will star Ryu Jeong-han, Um Ki-jun, Kai, Shin Sung-rok. Ticket prices range from 50,000 won to 140,000 won. For more information, call 1577-6478.

“Mr. Show”: By renowned musical director Kolleen Park, the naughty male striptease show “Mr. Show” is returning to the stage this year. The women-only variety show features strapping young men who dance and perform various themed acts that are geared toward tantalizing females. The live show -- only for those 19 and above -- will be staged until Dec. 4 at the Shinhan Card Fan Square’s Live Hall in Seoul. Tickets are 52,000 won and 80,000 won. For more details, call (02) 547-5694.

“Dorian Gray”: CJeS Culture is unveiling its first original production -- a musical adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s 19th century novel “The Picture of Dorian Gray.” Starring K-pop star Kim Jun-su, the musical was scripted by Cho Yong-shin and directed by Lee Gi-na. It also features music composed by Kim Moon-jeong. “Dorian Gray” will be staged from Sept. 3 to Oct. 29 at the Seongnam Arts Center’s Opera House. Tickets range from 50,000 won to 140,000 won. For more information, call 1577-3363.

“Kinky Boots”: The hit Broadway musical “Kinky Boots” is making its way back to Seoul once again. Based on the book by Tony-winner Harvey Fierstein and with music and lyrics by Tony, Emmy and Grammy-winner Cyndi Lauper, the musical tells the true story of Charlie Price who goes to oddly extreme lengths to save his father’s shoe factory. The local production will star Lee Ji-hoon, Kim Ho-young, Jung Seong-hwa and Kang Jong-seok. “Kinky Boots” will be staged until Nov. 13 at Blue Square in Hannam-dong, Seoul. Tickets range from 60,000 won to 140,000 won. For more information, call 1544-1555.


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