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On Feb 9 at the 92nd Academy Awards, Parasite by director Bong Joon Ho won the best picture, director, international feature, and original screenplay! During his acceptance speech, he thanked director Quentin Tarantino for always including Bong Joon Ho’s film on lists of his favorites. Actually, these two directors first met in 2013, when director Tarantino made a visit to the 18th Busan International Film Festival to meet with director Bong. Congratulations to director Bong Joon Ho on making history and hope everyone enjoys this footage of the two great directors!
The 22nd Seoul International Dance Festival (SIDance2019) hosted by Seoul section of CID-UNESCO will be held 2nd October (Wed) -20th October (Sun) for 19 days at CJ Towol Theater Seoul Art Center (SAC), Mary Hall Sogang University, CKL Stage, Korea Cultural House (KOUS) and Culture Tank. At this year’s SIDance, the audience will be able to meet 47 performances from groups/individuals from 19 countries from Europe, Africa, Americas and Asia such as Belgium, Denmark, Canada, Italy, Spain, UK, Sweden, Norway, Japan, and Korea.
Last year, the 21st SIDance’s ‘Refugee Focus’ which was the first edition dealing with the political and social issues, was well-received for its direction in a timely global affair. Followed by this, this year’s SIDance seeks once again to ask questions regarding social issues under the theme of ‘Violence.’ Violence meaning not only physical violence but looking at various types and aspects of violence with keywords such as sexuality, gender, stereotypes, ideology, racism, relationships, and black and white thinking. Furthermore, we have newly programmed a Korean traditional dance platform in order to encourage globalization of Korean traditional dance among our programs spanning domestic and international performances introducing various international artists and groups such as Compagnie Marie Chouinard.
Focus Violence – “We live in a World of Violence”
discussing the direction of this year’s festival with ‘Focus Violence,’ the artistic
director of SIDance LEE Jong-Ho states that ‘the contemporary people are
exposed to various violence from personal violence to political violence.’
Genocide, terrorism, sexism and human trafficking and on top of that from
hierarchical violence, bullying to violence within relationships. It has been
so long since violence has penetrated our daily lives, it’s even difficult to
decipher the form and scale of violence. The problem is that violence in our
society has been institutionalized. Social structure is maintained with this
violence and in a capitalist society when such mechanism lies in place one cannot avoid the large beasts as a
minority. Such institutional violence is much more violent than the violence of
any social ideologies prior to capitalism.
With the #Metoo movement, started by those in a lesser position of power calling out unjust behavior and sexual violence of those in power, spreading as a social issue, the discussion around the core essence of violence that shake our structures and destabilize our society began. And at this time, the 22nd SIDance seeks to unmask all that attempts to bury and disguise violence and discuss everything from the mythological form of violence to ideology, sexuality, racism, stereotype and black and white thinking through works of 10 performance teams.
Complete Dance Report on Violence Written by Ultima Vez <TrapTown>,
Total of 10 Performances that reveal the Essence of Violence.
The opening performance to swing open the doors to Focus Violence is <TrapTown>, a recent work by the leading player of Belgium’s Flemish Wave, Ultima Vez by Wim Vandekeybus which premiered in 2018. Following from multiple performance visits in Korea from 2003 to 2016 at LG Art Center, Seoul Performing Arts Festival (SPAF) and MODAFE, Ultima Vez meets the Korean audience once again for the sixth time. Not only known as a choreographer but also as video/film artist and photographer, Wim Vandekeybus is known as the ‘rebel of contemporary dance’ and ‘lead figure of Flemish Wave.’
works having been created taking motifs from ancient mythologies, through
<TrapTown> Wim Vandekeybus shows dystopia where human conflicts and
unfathomable disasters that have been ruling from distant times. Offering new
provocations each and every time, there’s much anticipation as to what Ultima
Vez will offer us anew through its complete dance report on violence
Furthermore, as part of Focus Violence, the
‘intellectual choreographer’ garnering much attention in the European dance
scene ▲Mette Ingvartsen <69 positions>, taking on the subject of forced
‘beauty’ within the virtual environment of the internet ▲Naela Hustak Kornetová
<Forced Beauty>, painfully calling out careless use of the word ‘nigger’
▲Solo Magic < Black Like
Me: Exploration of the word Nigger>, with a month run at 2016 Adelaid Fringe
Festival and a winner of ‘Best Circus and Physical Theatre Award’ ▲Svalbard
Company <All Genius All Idiot>, exploring relationships within violence
based on the theory of anthropologist Gregory Bateson ▲Tony Tran & Antero
Hein <SCHISMOGENESIS>, telling the stories of contemporary lives of those
whose aims solely lie on struggle for happiness, ▲Lee Jung In Creation x Black
Box Dance Company <Addiction> , ▲Art Project BORA<MUAK>, KEDAGORO <Sky>,
Anne-Mareike Hess <Warrior>.
Compagnie Marie Chouinard, adored by ‘CINARS’ the Cannes Festival of the Performing Arts comes to Korea first time in 13 years! Terpsichore of Canada Marie Chouinard meets poet of Hallucinations Henri Michaux.
An international performance worthy of much attention is the choreographer Marie Chouinard, who with her raw energy and wild eroticism and known as Terpsichore (goddess of dance) of Canada. Marie Chouinard is an important figure in contemporary dance to be mentioned in the French dictionary Larousse. She earned her recognition through ‘CINARS,’ a biennale known as the ‘Cannes Festival of the Performing Arts.’(CINARS is a biennale for performing arts that takes place in Montreal every two years which began to receive much attention with its focused programming of Robert Lepage and Cirque du Soleil.) This is the first time in 13 years since Marie Chouinard has been introduced by LG Art Center in 2006. This year SIDance will present <HENRI MICHAUX : MOUVEMENTS>, where the ‘poet of hallucinations’ Henri Michaux meets the piece <Les 24 Préludes de Chopin> which shows beautiful movements to the music of Chopin.
international performances include <Italy Focus> introducing Italian
contemporary dance that has been difficult to access in Korea, <Who’s
Next> that is a platform for invited international artists of emerging and
established contemporary dance choreographers along with the newly formed
<Korean Dance – Traditional Dance Market> and Korea-Denmark Collaboration
the performances, at SIDance there are various choreography workshops available
for professional dancers and performers as well as movement workshops open to
all. There are varied additional programs such as artist talks and more
available. This year, with <Focus Violence> we are planning seminars on
looking at prevalent violence in our times from the perspective of the arts as
part of our additional programs.
Tickets for the 22nd SIDance can be purchased through the SIDance official website (http://sidance.org), Interpark (http://ticket.interpark.com) and limited to shows taking place at Sogang University Mary Hall tickets are also available for purchase at (http://ticket.melon.com). Ticketing prices differ for each performance. Besides the Unlimited Pass and Free Pass 3,5,8 Package that has been available each year, please take note of the special package created for this year’s Focus Violence the ‘Focus Violence Package.’ When booking 8 performances from the Focus Violence program (from a total of 10 Focus Violence performances) the tickets can be purchased at a 55% discounted rate. From this year for all those purchasing Unlimited Pass,Free Pass 3, 5, 8 Package and Focus Violence Package will be given an EVENT CARD.
For more details please see SIDance official website (http://sidance.org) or call
SIDance Office (02-3216-1185.)
SIDance X Korean Traditional Dance = World’s Performing Arts SIDance proudly presents Korean traditional dance market! Korean traditional dance has been evolving constantly, keeping up with the times. Meet the most Korean and at the same time the universal dance in our traditional dance market. 10.07 Mon Line-up Jungsook Seo < Min Salpuri >Kyungsook Kim < Sanjo Dance-Kang, Tae Hong style >Dongyub Han < Hanlyanghagmu >Nakyung Ahn < Kim Paik Bong ‘ Solo Drum Dance ‘ Elegance of Woman >Jumi Jung< Eotjungmori Sinkaldaesin-mu >Heajoung Yun < Jin Soe Dance > Jaedeuk Kim < Sogo Dance > 10.08 Tue Line-up Jaehyun Ko < Song Hwa Yeong Style >Jeonghak Kim < Hallyangmu >Kyungwoo Baek < Janggo-chum >Chungsook Yoo < A Sword Dance >Soohyun Kim < Do Salpoori >Eunyung Kang < Jindo Drum Dance >Hanwoo Seo < Beokkodance >
Performers : Jungsook Seo, Kyungsook Kim, Dongyub Han, Nakyung Ahn, Jumi Jung, Heajoung Yun, Jaedeuk Kim, Jaehyun Ko, Jeonghak Kim, Kyungwoo Baek, Chungsook Yoo, Soohyun Kim, Eunyung Kang, Hanwoo Seo
Programmer: Chungsook Yoo
Music Director: Insang Yoo Music Performed by Insang Yoo and Korean Traditional Music Crew. Pan
Venue : KOUS Address : 12-9, Teheran-ro 92-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, Republic of Korea Phone : 02-3011-1788
Wim Vandekeybus Back to < TrapTown >Flemish Dance Wave continues Wim Vandekeybus is one of the high-profile dance artists who are leading the Flemish Dance Wave in contemporary dance since the 1980’s. In, he takes the audience to a parallel universe, free from defined time and space. Conflicts from the early days and curious strange catastrophes dominate the relationships between the people in the dystopia. As a true storyteller fascinated with ancient myths, he shows off his excellence as a visual artist in this new creation. A choreographic report on human violence.
About the Choreographer
Wim Vandekeybus is a choreographer representing ‘the Flemish Dance Wave.’ He is not limited to choreographers but also plays as a dancer, a film artist, and an actor. He is leading the European dance scene with a pluralistic and advanced stage performance called ‘Dance Theater’, a mix of dance, theater, and video. Under the influence of his veterinarian father, his artistic motif was inspired by the instinctive life that he felt watching animals. Tension, conflict, body versus mind, risks, impulses, physicality, passion, intuition, and instinct. These are essential elements that will always be part of Vandekeybus’ work. He founded the Ultima Vez in 1986. In December 2012 Vandekeybus received the Keizer Karel prize from the Province of East Flanders, the prize that is given to an artist as a mark of his exceptional talent in the field of art and culture in every three years. In 2013 Wim Vandekeybus and Ultima Vez became the 6th laureate of the Evens Arts Prize.
About the Company
Ultima Vez was founded in 1986 as the company of choreographer, director, and filmmaker Wim Vandekeybus. Ultima Vez features diversity and originality. As matched the group’s name, ‘The Last Moment’, it features the movements of the body close to the extreme, the rough and dynamic movements of the dancers who run, roll, spin, hang, throw and bump without a break as if the body were a battlefield of emotion. It is also popular among young audiences with its powerful sound that makes rock music sound powerful. Since its foundation, Ultima Vez has intensively developed its activities as an international contemporary dance company with a strong base in Brussels and Flanders.
10.02.WED 20:00 / 10.03.THU 16:00
SAC CJ Towol Theater
Running time : 100 min.
Ticket Price : R 80,000 S 60,000 A 40,000 B 20,000
Direction, Choreography & Film: Wim Vandekeybus Created With & Performed By Maria Kolegova, Tanja Marín Friðjónsdóttir, Kristina Alleyne, Sade Alleyne, Kit King, Flavio D’Andrea, Alexandros Anastasiadis, Mufutau Yusuf Text: Pieter De Buysser Story Line: Wim Vandekeybus & Pieter De Buysser Music: Trixie Whitley, Phoenician Drive Scenography: Gijs Van Vaerenbergh, Wim Vandekeybus / Ultima Vez Movement Assistant: German Jauregui, Milan Herich & Máté Mészáros Dramaturgy: Jerry Killick, Angelo Dello Spedale Artistic Assistant: Aïda Gabriëls Costume Design: Isabelle Lhoas Assistant Costume Design: Lieve Meeussen Technical Coordination: Davy Deschepper, Tom de With Light Design: Nicolas Olivier, Wim Vandekeybus Sound Engineer: Bram Moriau Stage Manager: Tom De With Production Film: MARIE-HÉLÈNE Van Quickenborne, Joop Haesen Producer: Ultima Vez Co-Producer: KVS (Brussels), C-Mine (Genk) Director Of Photography & Camera: Patrick Otten Sound Design: Charo Calvo, Bram Moriau With The Support Of Tax Shelter Measure of The Belgian Federal Government, Casa Kafka Pictures Tax Shelter EMPOWERED BY BELFIUS Ultima Vez Is Supported By The Flemish Authorities, The Flemish Community Commission Of The Brussels Capital Region.
SIDance (Seoul International Dance Festival) is a regular international festival, hosted by Seoul Section of CID-UNESCO (president: LEE Jong-Ho). Ever since it was first held in the year 1998, it has now reached its 21st hold in 2018. It is made through close tie and collaboration with government organizations such as Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, and Seoul Foundation for Arts and Culture, as well as foreign governments and embassy of each country stationed in Korea. After elected as the co-president of AAPAF(Association of Asian Performing Arts Festival), it now represents the Korean dance art scene, positioning as a representative performance art festival in Asia. By doing so, SIDance aims to foster exchange between dancers and performances, organizes co-production and tour and performs perfectly as a leading entity of cultural exchange. Moreover, by collaborating with international performance art festivals, such as Mexico Festival Internacional Cervantino, France Festival Montpellier Danse, Singapore Arts Festival, etc., it is also taking the role of spreading out the excellence of Korean performance art throughout the world.
SEOUL, An Extraordinary Confluence of Past, Present, and Future
What does it feel like to stand on the banks of the Han River, Seoul’s topographical dividing line? To the north, ancient history is maintained in the royal palaces and hanok villages, while the south is home to modern cultural exports like K-pop and K-fashion. In other words, to visit Seoul is to feel a visceral pull to modernity in a city that wears its ancient history on its sleeve.
So what’s the best way to explore Seoul? The Monocle Travel Manual is below with important highlights like “When to Go” and where to find the most “Unexpected Flavours” in one of the most unique cities on earth.
1. Queenmama Market
Take your pick
To take the temperature of Seoul’s top retail scene visit this standout lifestyle shop in Gangnam-gu that sells a mix of Korean and international homeware brands, including Onjeom Plate and Kinto. Founded by former fashion designer couple Yoon Hanhee and Kang Jinyoung, the seven- story building overlooking Dosan Park was designed by leading Korean architecture firm BCHO. Ceramics, stationery and beauty products can all be found here – alongside a sprinkling of plants and gardening tools – and upstairs Parrk bookshop stocks the latest Korean and international titles. Once your retail needs are met, get a brew at Manufact Coffee on the top floor.
On the fast-changing Korean fashion scene, Bastong stays true to its identity. The men’s fashion label started by Seoul native Alt Ki and his wife has grown steadily since 2011. Today it has two standalone shops in Seoul and 10 overseas markets, including the UK, the US, and Denmark. “I wanted to create simple, wearable, high-quality clothes,” says Ki. “I studied how brands such as Leica and Porsche have grown but maintained their craftsmanship.” Ki and his small team source materials from around the world – waxed cotton fabrics from the UK and denim from Japan, for example – and produce small collections of durable wardrobe staples. “There are many highly skilled factories in Korea,” says Ki, noting that he also makes original fabrics here.
3. Balwoo Gongyang
Seoul may not be readily associated with slow food but the bustling capital’s tasty cuisine isn’t just about topokki and barbecue. Korean Buddhism’s 1,700-year history has established a unique vegan food culture known as temple food – and it’s causing quite a stir. While the city’s talented and creative chefs are incorporating traditional Korean cuisine into their modern recipes, this Michelin-starred restaurant serves authentic temple food guarded by the revered Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism. Four-course meals use seasonal ingredients and medicinal plants; what results is a farm-to-table practice that promotes healthy eating with little leftover waste.
4. Artisan Bakers
Rising to the occasion
Owner Mo Taesung makes superb pastries, rye bread, croissants and much more. Try his modern sourdough with sweet potato and cheese, or a softer corn ciabatta with a Korean twist – but be sure to arrive early, as the goods are known to fly off the shelves fast.
5. Vatos Urban Tacos
Kimchi carnitas fries and galbi tacos are the creations of owners Kenny Park, Juweon Kim, and Sid Kim. The trio was raised in the US, eating authentic Mexican cuisine and homemade Korean dishes, and their idiosyncratic mix of cultural flavors has proved to be very popular with Seoul locals.
When to go
Autumn, in time for the Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism.
How to get there
Korean Air flies direct from Tokyo, Sydney, Hong Kong and London.
A road trip through Jeju Island, also known as the Isle of the Gods offers travelers the chance to go off the beaten path and explore some of the island’s most fascinating and spectacular corners. From mountain sunrises to lava tubes, waterfalls and more, this road trip itinerary will show travelers the best of Jeju.
Pack a light
breakfast – Leave from Jeju Shinhwa World Marriott resort
calculated leaving from Jeju Shinhwa World Marriott resort
Start your day at the
Sunrise Peak (61 miles)
Wake up before dawn to watch the sunrise sitting on one of
the 99 rocks surrounding the top crater at the
Sunrise Peak (Seongsan Ilchubong).
One of the UNESCO World Natural Heritage site located on the eastern tip of the
island, Seongsan Ilchubong is an extinct volcano, which rose from under the sea
in a volcanic eruption over 100,000 years ago. From the sky, it looks like a
gigantic crown with the 99 sharp rocks surrounding the crater. On the Northwest
side, a verdant grassy hill ridge leads to the quaint Seongsan Village. An
ideal spot for walks or a scenic horse riding trail. Visitors during Spring
will be rewarded with views of fields full of yellow colored canola flowers.
The hike is fairly easy and takes about 20 min. to climb up the 182 meters to
the top. Entrance fee is KRW 2,000 (approx. $2)/ adult.
One of my favorite route, starting from the serene Soesokkak Bridge, you will continue along a stretch of the beautiful coastal road and pass through the seaside town of Bomok. From the coast, you can spot Seogwipo in the distance as well as islands such as Seop-seom. In Seogwipo, you can visit one of the picture-perfect waterfalls: Jeongbang and Cheonjiyeon waterfall. Falling directly into the ocean, Jeongbang Falls is situated at a high cliff by the sea and is one of the most famous waterfalls to visit on Jeju Island. Walking further and on the way to Cheonjiyeon Waterfall, stop for a pause at Lee Jung Seob Street, an arty neighborhood packed with craft shops, chilled-out beer bars and Bauhaus-styled restaurants. It was named after the famous Korean artist whose dwelling has been preserved and its surroundings made into a park.
boasts interesting rock formations, pristine beaches, and breathtaking
waterfalls. Known as the Pond of God, Cheonjeyeon Waterfall originates from the
ceiling of a cave and it comprises three sections. In May, during the Chilseonyeo Festival, which celebrates
the coming of the nymphs, you can actually have a soak in the falls. Seonimgyo Bridge has seven nymphs
carved on both sides thus was nicknamed ‘The Seven Nymphs Bridge’ (Chilseonyeogyo). The nymphs symbolize
the seven beautiful and legendary nymphs that would descend from heaven at
Olle or ‘a winding
path to your front door’ in the local Jeju dialect, refers to the narrow path
between the street and one’s doorstep. There are about 26 walking trails
stretching around the entire coast of the island. The trails pass through
various landscapes along the way. Each trail lengths vary between 4.5 miles to
14 miles long, offering a unique opportunity to soak in the beauty of Jeju and
the island’s unique culture.
Head to the North of
Jeju City, the mystical Dragon Head rock (18 miles) – Yongduam Rock
Created from the erosion of coastal rocks by strong winds
over the course of thousands of years, Yongduam Rock promises spectacular views
overlooking the ocean with strangely shaped rocks. Adding another magical
scenery, Haenyo (sea-women divers)
can be seen diving near the cliff where an abundance of sea urchins and abalone
can be caught. The age of the women-only divers averages 65 years old. These
renowned and respected icons of Jeju island can dive 32-65 feet without any
breathing apparatus. They usually sell the freshest abalones, octopus, clams,
and seaweed caught barehanded straight out of the sea.
To get a taste of the island specialty, try the seaweed and
sea urchin soup at a local restaurant nearby. Other Jeju specialties include
pheasant, whole grilled mackerel in sea salt and the famous barbecued pork from
Meet Two Dragons at Ssangyonggul
Cave (18 miles)
The cave got its name from its two branches, which looks
like the paths of two dragons.
Designated natural Monument and one of the four lava tubes along with Socheongul, Hwanggeumgul and Manjanggul caves. The cave was created by lava that erupted from Hallasan Mountain around 25 million years ago. One of the unique features is that it features both a lava tube and a limestone cave. The entire area surrounding the cave is composed of fossil seashells and sand, while the interior is a mystical mix of stalactites and stalagmites. Similar to the strokes of an abstract painting, lime covers the cave walls in a series of natural swirls and streaks.
Sunset marvels at Oedolgae
Rock (20 miles)
Fans of K-drama must visit the Oedolgae Rock which was
featured in the iconic Korean drama
‘Daejanggeum’. Take a stroll along the Oedolgo walking treks
to get breathtaking views of the sunset over the island of the Gods.