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Seoul Performing Arts Festival (SPAF) held (Sept. 18-Oct. 19, 2008)
     Launched in 2001 after a merging of the Seoul Theater Festival (founded 1977) and the Seoul Dance Festival (founded 1978), the Seoul Performing Arts Festival (SPAF) is known as South Korea’s largest-scale theater festival. Now in its 8th holding, this year’s SPAF is held from Sept. 18 – Oct. 19 with the Arko Arts Theater, the National Theater of Korea, the Songan University Mary Hall, the Nam Mountain Drama Center, and the Dongduk Women’s University Performing Arts Center as its main venues. This year’s program features 38 works by 39 artist companies and groups from S. Korea and 12 foreign countries.

    This year’s special theme is the works of Anton Chekhov and works dedicated to Chekhov and his family with leading companies invited from Russia, Germany, Argentina and the UK. There will also be a long run of performances of Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard by the Korean company Theater Soo from Sept. 18 – Oct. 12, and a joint Korea-Japan collaborative production of Electra on Oct. 10 and 11 (directed by Tadashi Suzuki). From Japan, choreographer Yoko Higashino and her Dance Company Baby-Q will present their multimedia work “Geeeeek” (Oct. 2 and 3).

    During the festival the 2nd Seoul Dance Collection competition for young dancers is also being organized by SPAF. Of the 59 applying contestants, including six from overseas, 10 groups have been chosen by the selection committee to perform over the two days of Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 in the “Main Stage” performances at Arko Arts Theater. Based on these performances the judges will select the artists to receive the Grand Prix, which includes airfare and expenses for a one-week foreign performance tour and official entry in next year’s SPAF program.
+Seoul Performing Arts Festival (SPAF)