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Reporter : Park Ji-won
Wed, March 29, 2023 | 15:06
[INTERVIEW] Universal Ballet to present hope amid pandemic in 'Triple Bill'
Following the outbreak and global spread of COVID-19, last year was the toughest year in memory for theaters and ballet companies. Performances were cancelled one after another. Relying heavily on ticket sales for their survival, ballet companies were forced to undergo restructuring. Some companies laid off staff, while others altogether ceased or suspended operations.
'Music in PyeongChang' calls on audience to ponder meaning of being alive
“Music in PyeongChang,” a biannual classical music concert, will be held in Gangwon Province from July 28 to Aug. 7. The concert, which began in 2004, aims to get the audience to ponder the meaning of being “alive” amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The concert is titled, “San (Korean), Alive,” using the Korean word meaning both “mountain” and “alive.” Up to 22 concerts will be perf...
South Korean bishop becomes Vatican Prefect
Pope Francis has appointed Lazarus You Heung-sik, currently Bishop of Daejeon, Prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy on Friday while conferring on him the title of Archbishop-Bishop Emeritus of Daejeon. He is the first South Korean to assume the position and the second Asian to do so after Jose Tomas Sanchez, a Filipino cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church.
Ballerina Park Sae Eun becomes Paris Opera Ballet's 1st Asian principal dancer
Ballerina Park Sae Eun of the Paris Opera Ballet was promoted to principal dancer, or “danseuse etoile,” Thursday (CET), after performing Juliet for “Romeo and Juliet.” Park is the first Asian dancer to secure the position in the history of the troupe, which was founded in 1669.
'Visit Korean Heritage' campaign to be expanded in preparation for post-pandemic era
The government's two-year-old “Visit Korean Heritage” Campaign promoting cultural assets will be expanded as a preemptive measure for the recovery of international tourism to Korea after the COVID-19 pandemic.
Korean composer Chin Un-suk awarded Leonie Sonning Music Prize
Renowned Korean composer Chin Un-suk became the first Asian to receive Denmark's prestigious Leonie Sonning Music Prize. The organizer of the prize, which has recognized international composers and musicians since 1959, announced the award ceremony was held at the DR Concert Hall in Denmark, June 5.
Korean sculptor becomes Italian town's honorary citizen
Italy-based sculptor Park Eun-sun has received honorary citizenship from Pietrasanta, a town in Tuscany, Italy, for his artistic contributions to the city famous for sculpture. Pietrasanta Mayor Alberto Stefano Giovannetti awarded the certificate to Park during a ceremony attended by Korean Ambassador to Italy Kwon Hee-Seog at the Church of Saint Augustine, local media outlet...
One-person stage plays are on the rise amid pandemic
One-man plays are not a very common form of theater here, but more production companies are focusing on solo stage performances and other small-scale productions as they are more social distancing-friendly and deal with self-reflecting subjects amid the pandemic.
Plays, performances on labor issues hit stages
A series of plays and dance performances focusing on the lives and deaths of factory workers are running in local theaters in June and July. The musical, “1976 Harlan County,” which runs from May 28 to July 4 at the Chungmu Arts Center, revolves around miners in the United States who went on strike against their employer in 1973. The piece is inspired by the Oscar-winning doc...
'The Taming of the Shrew' to undergo revision after criticism of being disablist
The revised version of the ballet, “The Taming of the Shrew,” which was originally choreographed by John Cranco based on Shakespeare's work of the same title, will be presented during the 11th Ballet Festival Korea, which will be held at the Seoul Arts Center from June 15 to 30, after facing a backlash from audiences that it is disablist.