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Mar. 18, 2013
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Seoul’s multi-genre dawon arts festival “Festival Bo:m” to open (Mar. 22 – Apr. 18, 2013)
Each spring sees the holding of Festival Bo:m, an interdisciplinary “dawon arts” festival in the South Korean capital of Seoul. In Korea, the term “dawon arts” refers to arts that can’t be classified in the traditional genres of the arts. Festival Bo:m was launched in 2007 to support these dawon arts and this year marks its 7th holding. The program for this year’s festival features 26 works from 12 countries spanning and crossing the boundaries of all the genres of contemporary arts, from dance, theater, fine art and music to film and performance.
Among the highlights of the invited foreign works are The Forsythe Company’s Heterotopia, a work based on concepts found an essay of Michel Foucault titled “Of Other Spaces: Utopias and Heterotopias”; Romeo Castellucci’s On the concept of the Face, Regarding the Son of God, vol. 1, the first work of a new trilogy “J”; French choreographer Jérôme Bel’s Disabled Theater in which he works with actors with mentally disabilities; Korean-American director Young Jean Lee’s We’re Gonna Die, featuring her band Future Wife and dealing with the subject of death; Zachary Oberzan’s Your brother, Remember?, a work splicing together film, home video and performance from the American director also known for his work with Nature Theater of Oklahoma; Mexican artist Mario Garcia Torres’ Have you Ever Seen the Snow? which explores the city of Kabul, Afghanistan.
Attention also focuses on Korean works including Hyunsuk Seo’s new work Stage Fright (h u r t / h e l p, a work dealing with autism by this artist known for his site-specific approach to questions of art; Hwang Kim’s x: I liked B better. y: I am 29 too., a collaboration with two Belgian choreographers which is an even more ambitious follow-up to an previous that sought to communicate with people in North Korea through pizza recipes and smuggling; choreographer Yeong-Ran Suh’s The God of Earth Comes up Imperfectly, which seeks a connection between dance and song before they became stage arts in the period of Korea’s modernization and their shamanistic roots; and Sungmin Hong’s Juliettttttt, which presents a Korean Typology of the character Juliet from the variety of versions of the Romeo and Juliet classic. These will appear along with a lineup of other works from rising young artists.
From Japan, Toshiki Okada’s chelfitsch company performs their 2012 work Current Location, and Zan Yamashita presents a collaboration with leading Korean contemporary dance company, the Ahn Aesoon Dance Company, with a work titled It’s Written There.
There is also a schedule of talks and symposiums on the schedule.

Festival Outline
Today’s Festival Bo:m was launched in 2007 as the “Spring Wave” with the aim of becoming a dynamic contemporary arts festival that values the spirit of experimentation and challenge and places the focus on discovering new artists in order to present. In 2008, the name was changed to Bom, which means both spring and seeing in Korean, and it has been organized since on an annual three-week schedule from March into April utilizing a variety of venues around Seoul. Amid today’s trend of contemporary arts to cross over the boundaries of the existing genres of dance, theater, art, music, film and performance, Festival Bo:m continues to explore and question the new trends of interdisciplinary (dawon) arts. The festival’s director is Seonghee Kim, who also serves as artistic director of Modafe.
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