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Wed, October 5, 2022 | 15:23
Korean choreographer's work called 'Chinese dance' by Hong Kong troupe as 'kimchi wars' extend to the stage
The Hong Kong Dance Company (HKDC) has discovered to its cost that the “kimchi wars” can extend to dance, as it defends its latest program against South Korean claims of Chinese cultural imperialism. On Wednesday, one of the choreographers behind the company's “Myth of the Dancing Durumi” program, which runs until Sept. 18, demanded that the troupe remove the Chinese term “ch...
Korean food industry sees diversification in HK amid pandemic and hallyu
HONG KONG - For foodies, Hong Kong has been a go-to place to enjoy various cuisines from all over the world even though it has never been known as a place for Korean eats. If you ask Hong Kong residents about Korean food, they mostly think of Korean BBQ or spicy things, with many other dishes remaining unfamiliar for the majority. But the trend has been changing with the dive...
Jaap van Zweden should give Seoul orchestra 'unique sound,' critic says
Jaap van Zweden, the music director of the New York Philharmonic and Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, will be heading to Seoul after his contract with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra finishes in 2024 and his other contract with the New York Philharmonic ends at the end of the 2023-24 season. The Dutch conductor has accepted the post of music director of the Seoul Philha...
[INTERVIEW] 1st Indian twin priests ordained in Korea hope to help needy in both countries
It is not a simple road to become a Catholic priest in Korea, as it is in many other countries. To be ordained into the priesthood, men need to spend at least a decade in seminary training. Seminarians undertake bachelor's and master's degrees at Catholic universities to learn requisite skills, engage in volunteer activities and also mandatory military service. After the comp...
Hwang Jung-min's play, 'Richard III,' renews classical theater for pandemic times
“Richard III,” the Shakespeare play exploring the Machiavellian rise to power and short reign of the British king, returns to the stage in Korea for the first time in four years.
Two orchestras hit sour note vying for official 'national' recognition
One of Korea's two leading symphony orchestras has set off a cacophony of sorts after attempting recently to be named as a “national orchestra.”
Korean Symphony Orchestra names mezzo-soprano Choi Jung-sook as new CEO
Mezzo-soprano Choi Jung-sook, a former adjunct professor of vocal music at Sookmyung Women's University, has been named as the new CEO of the Korean Symphony Orchestra, a government-funded performing arts organization, replacing Park Sun-hee.
Buddhist order goes all-out to criticize government, some monks criticize order
The Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism, the largest Buddhist sect in Korea, has thrown all of its efforts into criticizing what they call the Moon Jae-in administration's “religious bias,” pledging to hold a nationwide rally of monks from around the country at its headquarters in Seoul on Jan. 21 for the first time in 14 years to eradicate the bias and protect the independence of...
[INTERVIEW] Jazz vocalist Nah Youn-sun awakens pandemic-weary with new album
Jazz singer Nah Youn-sun / Courtesy of NPLUGBy Park Ji-wonJazz singer Nah Youn-sun has been one of Korea's most active singers, performing and spending time outside of Korea, especially in France. But the COVID-19 pandemic has canceled stage performances and, like many other musicians, she has been anxiously longing for the end of the pandemic, as she has otherwise had a hard...
Chung Myung-whun named honorary conductor of KBS Orchestra
Conductor Chung Myung-whun was appointed as honorary conductor, or conductor laureate, of the KBS Symphony Orchestra, according to the orchestra.
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