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2009.10.28
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Seoul Performing Arts Season Begins
 Two festivals and an arts market mark the star of the performing arts season in Seoul, South Korea this October. The Seoul Performing Arts Festival (SPAF) is held in a tie-up with the Performing Arts Market in Seoul (PAMS) and the Seoul International Dance Festival (SIDance) overlaps with SPAF in October and the two festivals collaborate on some programs.

The theme of this year’s Seoul Performing Arts Festival (Oct. 13 – Nov. 21) is Analog & Digilog and it gathers some 40 works of theater, dance and multi-discipline works from six European countries, Russia, Canada, Australia, China, S. Korea and Japan. From Japan is a SCOT production of Cyrano de Bergerac and a Seinendan performance of Tokyo Notes. Also, Yuko Matsumoto of Bungakuza will direct a production of Hisashi Inoue’s Tempo 12-nen no Shakespeare (Shakespeare in Tempo 12 [1841]) in translation by Korea’s Michoo Theatre Company and hold a theatrical workshop as well.

The Seoul International Dance Festival (Oct. 5 – 24) presents a program 30 works from 15 countries. Many of the works are collaborations by artists between artists from Korea, Singapore, India and Japan and collaborative works like “Asia-Africa Dance Exchange” created by Korean dancers and choreographers and dancers from four countries who spent a 6-month residency working in Korea. Participants from Japan include the Monochrome Circus performing Threnody to Toki and Nagi (Calm) and media artist Kunihiko Matsuo, musician Mitsuaki Matsumoto and architect Naoki Hamanaka participating in the production Purushartha by India’s Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts.

The Performing Arts Market in Seoul (Oct. 12 – 16) is a market for performing arts professionals. Its “PAMS Choice” program presents 15 works of Korean dance, music and cross-over works for the international presenters. Another program called “Speed Dating” offers one-on-one meetings with Korean professionals in the various arts, with interpreter service. There are also booth exhibitions, forums and roundtable talks. Prior registration is necessary for participation.
+Seoul Performing Arts Festival   http://www.spaf21.com/
Seoul International Dance Festival   http://www.sidance.org/
Performing Arts Market in Seoul   http://www.pams.or.kr
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