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Seoul Performing Arts Festival (SPAF) Opens (Sept. 20 to Oct. 14, 2007)
 The Seoul Performing Arts Festival (SPAF) was launched in 2001 with the joining of the Seoul Theatre Festival (founded 1977) and the Seoul Dance Festival (founded 1978) to form South Korea’s largest performing arts festival. Now in its 7th holding, this year’s festival opens from Sept. 20 to Oct. 14. with performances at venues including the Arko Arts Theater, the National Theater of Korea, the Sogang University Mary Hall, Nam Mountain Theater Center, Arko Arts Theater, Dongduk Women's University the Performing Arts Center. The theme of this year’s festival is “Base of Arts: Challenge! Dare to dream of Provocation!” and it will feature 38 theater, dance music and performance programs from 16 countries.
The Japan-related programs on this year’s schedule include Toshiko Oiwa, a program of butoh dance by Korean and Chinese choreographers titled “At This Point” and a joint production with local artists by Koji Hasegawa of the Aomori Hirosaki Theater titled “Seoul Rain” (a work telling a love story between a Japanese and a Korean set at the museum in Aomori). Also, as the festival’s closing program, there will be a performance of trilogy of the Japan Foundation production “Performing Women - Medea, Jocasta, Helen, ” which is a joint work by Indian, Iranian, Uzbekistan and Japanese artists.
This year, in addition to the simultaneously held Performing Arts Market in Seoul (PAMS) there will also be a IETM satellite meeting on the theme of Europe and Asia that will further heighten interest for festival visitors from the performing arts field.
+Seoul Performing Arts Festival (SPAF)