LOTTO: Karma of the Alchemist
City of London Festival
[이데일리 김미경 기자] 세계 최대의 공연예술축제인 영국 에든버러 프린지 페스티벌이 지난 7일(현지시각) 영국 스코틀랜드의 수도 에든버러에서 한 달간의 일정으로 막을 올렸다. 이번 축제에는 한국 실력파 공연예술팀을 초청한 특별프로그램 ‘코리안시즌’이 진행될 예정이다.
올해로 69회를 맞는 축제는 영국 에든버러시 전역에서 펼쳐지며 지난 해 1600만명의 관람객이 찾았다. 작년 축제 기간 동안 51개국 2636개 공연팀, 2만4000명의 배우가 299개 공연장에서 4만9000회 넘는 공연을 진행했다.
‘코리안시즌’은 5개 팀의 한국공연이 한 달 간 총 125회 치러진다. 에든버러 극장인 ‘어셈블리’와 주최·주관사인 에이투비즈가 공동 기획했다. 어셈블리 극장장과 프로그래머, 현지 주요 언론사, 공연예술 전문가로 구성된 코리안시즌 선정위원회를 통해 △하땅세 △더 패트론 △아름다운 공연 △EDx2무용단 △마로 등 5개 공연팀이 선발됐다.
극단 하땅세는 토종 가족극 ‘붓바람(Brush)’을 공연한다. ‘더 패트론’은 환상적인 마술과 유쾌한 소시민의 삶을 녹여낸 코미디 매직 퍼포먼스 ‘로또’를, 안무가 이인수가 이끄는 ‘EDx2무용단’은 ‘원 화인 데이(One Fine Day)’를 선보인다. ‘아름다운 공연’ 팀은 한국무용이 어우러진 ‘PAN’을 공연한다. 제주 대표 전통예술공연개발원 ‘마로’도 제주큰굿을 새롭게 해석한 창작극 ‘Leodo: The Paradise’를 펼칠 예정이다.
에이투비즈와 어셈블리는 2015년부터 2017년까지 3년간 동양권 최초로 ‘코리안 시즌’을 진행중이다. 권은정 에이투비즈 예술감독은 “지난 6일 진행된 ‘코리안시즌’ 초청작 프리뷰 공연에서 많은 공연예술 전문가들의 찬사가 이어지고 있다. BBC, The Scotsman, Times 등 현지 언론들이 한국의 수준높은 공연에 높은 관심을 보이고 있다”고 말했다.
Highlights: The Gilded Balloon, one of the most famous fringe comedy venues, celebrates 30 years
Details: The UK’s biggest arts festival is going even larger this year with more than 2,000 different events including cabaret, comedy and circus acts.
Stand-up comics often cut their teeth here battling for the funniest joke of the fringe (won in 2014 by Tim Vine: “I’ve decided to sell my hoover… well, it was just collecting dust.”), and big-names returning include Adam Hills, Frankie Boyle and Jo Brand.
Fans of Game of Thrones and Star Trek can see theatrical tributes, while politicians like Boris Johnson and Tony Blair are thrust under the satirical spotlight.
The Assembly is also showing it’s first-ever Korean-season, a handpicked selection of the best in Korean dance, music and family shows, including show Lotto: Karma Of The Alchemist, and the contemporary dance of One Fine Day.
More info: Website and Twitter
First Ever Showcase Of Korean Work At The Edinburgh Festival Fringe To Take Place At Assembly This August
A hand-picked selection of the best in dance, music, theatre and family shows set to dazzle the crowds at the world’s largest arts festival
Set to become a regular annual strand, this Edinburgh Fringe sees the first ever Korean Season, taking place at Assembly from 6th to the 31st August. 17 years since Nanta- the first Korean show to be performed at the Fringe- opened, a hand-picked selection of the best in Korean performance will take to the stages of the world’s biggest arts festival.
The season promises a range of shows that both embrace the traditional and offer up the unexpected, proving there’s much more to popular Korean culture than kimchi and flying kicks. The shows include:
The new show from the creators of Fringe hits Cookin’ and Jump. The Alchemist meets Charlie Chaplin in this fantastical tale of how one mundane office worker’s life changes after purchasing a lottery ticket. Featuring a cast of Korea’s top illusionists including Juno Moon, winner of the prestigious Magic Association Of FISM Award
One of Korea’s most celebrated contemporary dance companies, who have toured to over 30 countries, make their UK debut with a double bill of two of their most acclaimed works. The movement drama Modern Feeling delicately captures the first encounter, conflict, indifference, competition and harmony between two dancers. What We’ve Lost playfully and imaginatively reminds us of all the things we’ve forgotten from our own ordinary lives
An energetic and multi-talented cast conjure the fantasy island of Leodo, an artistic nirvana treasured by the Jeju people. The show revives the Kut, an indigenous Korean shamanic séance art that dates back about 5,000 years, to heal Han (sadness) and to bring Heung (joy).
PAN Assembly On The Mound 6-30 Aug 2.30pm (1hr)
An explosive fusion of Korean dance and drumming as a virtuoso cast of twelve performers dance and drum in perfect synchronicity. PAN -the Korean word for Festival- has delighted audiences across Korea with its thrilling mix of traditional and contemporary beats and choreography.
An innovative Korean family show for ages 2+ as paintings are created and come to life live on stage. A creative mix of music, puppetry, dance and storytelling, Brush won the Asian Arts Award for Best Show at last year’s Fringe.
Knowing nothing about Korean theatre – one of our blind spots, we’re afraid – our ears pricked when we heard Assembly were hosting an inaugural Korean season at this year’s Fringe. It sounded like a chance to broaden our theatrical horizons, so we had a word with Artistic Director Angella Kwon to find out more…
(And it was she who mentioned Gangnam Style, not us. It never even crossed our minds for a second!)
What is the theatre scene like in Korea?
There is a sort of ‘West End’ district, located in a popular tourist area, with ongoing premieres of new shows. There’s also an ‘off-Broadway’ scene in Seoul. In other cities, it’s mostly a situation of tours that originate in Seoul, where a full representation of theatre genres can be found.
What reputation does the Fringe have over there?
The Fringe is fairly well known in Seoul, and in the popular district of Hongik they have initiated their own smaller ‘Korean Fringe’ festival which has been going for less than a decade. Mostly, knowledge of the Edinburgh Fringe began when Nanta visited in 1999, resulting in press coverage.
Why is now a good time to have a Korean season?
It’s been seventeen years since Nanta was the first Korean show in the Fringe, and this current decade has seen the popularisation of Korean culture worldwide, starting with Korean fusion food trucks in the USA, and continuing with the general wave of popularity of Korean cuisine in general in North America. The recent success of Youtube artist Psy has also brought Korea to the forefront of the internet generation, and Korean dramas continue to make inroads into the western market.
This is the first time a Korean selection has been made for Fringe, and it has the potential to build on that new found world interest in this faraway place, by bringing the best of this country to the world’s stage, and broadening the audience’s experience of it beyond the odd TV drama or Youtube video.
The producers of Lotto have been to the Fringe before (with Cookin’ (akaNanta) and Jump). What are they doing this time?
The producer has been coming since 1999, but she’s also bringing with her the veteran fringe actors/co-directors from Lotto, who have been in the Fringe for over a decade as well. Previous shows were blends of comedy with percussion and martial arts, but this time around, they are throwing magic and illusion into the comedy mix.
Dance is a feature of several of the shows. What is distinctive about Korean dance?
One Fine Day involves contemporary dance, unlike Pan and Leodo which are more traditional. It’s hard to put an image to the term ‘Korean dance’. Whereas it once evoked the traditional whirling ‘sangmo’ with a long tassle ribbon, the range of styles and genres now popular in Korea far outnumber the people who still think of sangmo as ‘Korean dance’. Particularly popular are breakdancing, b-boying and hip-hop in general, and it would be remiss not to mention K-popdancing, which is sort of an outgrowth of backup dancing, and is more found in studios than in clubs.
Tell us about the ‘gut‘, the shamanic séance art that is part of Leodo…
The ‘gut’ is a rite in which the shaman offers a sacrifice to the spirits and, through singing and dancing, begs them to intercede in the fortunes of the world. The shaman wears a colourful ritual costume, speaks while in a trance, and sings and dances to the accompaniment of music. It is not only a dance spectacle to be enjoyed by onlookers, but also a vital mystical connection to nature and the spirits for many Koreans, whether Christian or Buddhist. There is a Shaman Festival every year, where the culture is showcased non-competitively, and in fact many other festivals involve aspects of shamanism (such as the Ha Hoe masked dance festival).
What should audiences be expecting from the Korean season?
Variety, energy, surprise, old friends!
There will be a range of shows, from modern to old, from truly Asian to fusion, and the energy level seen previously in high-kicking martial arts will be maintained throughout.
But there should also be a surprise; something unexpected, something that doesn;t fit with the viewer’s idea of Korea (beyond kimchi and flying kicks). There should also be an element of the familiar, well known and comfortable, since the two ideas exist in Korean culture and also on the national flag (the yin-yang symbol).
- 英 에든버러 프린지 페스티벌 ‘코리안 시즌’ 현지 홍보마케팅 탄력
- 한류 공연예술 세계화 위해 글로벌 공연기획사와 해외홍보마케팅 전문기관 맞손
한국관광여행개발원은 한국 관광여행의 아름다움과 세계 수준의 우리 문화 예술 컨텐츠의 아름다움을 세계에 알리고자 설립된 전문기관으로, 에이투비즈가 英 에든버러 최고 극장인 어셈블리와 공동으로 주최하는 ‘코리안시즌’이 성황리에 개최될 수 있도록 현지 홍보와 마케팅 후원을 담당하게 된다.
에이투비즈는 KTDI와의 전략제휴로 하땅세, 아름다운 공연, 더 패트론, EDx2무용단, 마로 등 국내 실력파 5개 공연팀이 참가하는 ‘코리안 시즌’ 영국 현지 홍보와 관람객 유치는 물론, 앞으로 한류 공연예술팀들의 세계진출과 유럽 문화예술계에 한류 열풍을 주도하는데 큰 도움이 될 것으로 기대하고 있다.
英 에든버러 프린지 축제는 영국 스코틀랜드 수도인 에든버리시 전역에서 진행되는 세계 최대의 공연예술축제다. 지난 2014년에는 51개국 2,636개 공연팀 2만4천명의 배우가 참가한 가운데, 전세계 1,600만명이 넘는 관람객들의 환호를 받으며 에든버러시 299개의 공연장에서 4만9천회 이상의 예술공연을 펼치는 등 매년 기네스북 기록을 갱신하고 있다.