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Korea’s exciting non-verbal performances transcend language barriers
Korea’s exciting non-verbal performances transcend language barriers
Korean non-verbal performances are gaining acclaim worldwide, with a docket of programs bursting with the raw talent of world-class breakdancers, eastern and western martial artists, Korean traditional dancers, and acrobats. The following non-verbal musicals and traditional performances are ‘must-see’ shows for international visitors to Korea.

☞ Modern Shows
☞ Traditional Performances
▶ Modern Shows
Ballerina Who Loves A B-boy
Ballerina Who Loves A B-Boy is beloved by audiences around the world, capturing the attention of fans from China, Japan, and the USA. The show’s simple but touching plotline is about a ballerina who falls in love with a b-boy and tries to win him over by becoming a b-girl. Korean b-boys steal the show with their awe-inspiring breakdancing moves and commanding stage presence, but it is the timeless, classic art of ballet interspersed throughout that makes the show as emotionally compelling as it is visually riveting.

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☞ Address: Seoul-si Jung-gu Jeongdong-gil 3, 3F Kyunghyang Art Hill
☞ Tel: +82-2-2266-3727
☞ Show Times
- Monday - Sunday: 17:00, 20:00
☞ Getting there: 1. Seodaemun Station (Seoul Subway Line 5), Exit 5. Go 150m towards Kyunghyang Newspaper Building. Cross the road, and turn right. Go 20m towards Chongdong Theater.
2. City Hall Station (Seoul Subway Line 1 or 2), Exit 1 or 12. Go 350m along the stone walls of Deoksugung Palace towards Chongdong Theater. Pass the theater, and go 50m.

☞ Go to Ballerina Who Loves A B-boy
☞Official website: www.showbboy.com (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

B-Boy KUNG
B-Boy KUNG is a dance performance featuring the dynamic life of b-boys in Korea. Despite the harsh realities of b-boy life, the dancers are full of passion, and their pursuit of their dreams ultimately gives them the strength to overcome adversity. Following the main 70-minute performance, you can enjoy fantastic freestyle b-boy dance performances for another 20 minutes.

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☞ Address: Seoul-si Mapo-gu Seogyo-dong 338-8 Samjin Pharm Floor B1, B-boy Exclusive Theater
☞ Tel: +82-2-323-5233
☞ Show Times
- Wednesday ~ Friday: 20:00
- Saturday: 18:00
- Weekends, national holidays: 14:00
※ Closed Mondays and Tuesdays
☞ Getting there: 12 min walk from Hongik Univ. Station (Subway Line 2 or AREX), Exit 9

☞ Go to B-Boy KUNG
☞Official website: www.sjbboys.com (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

BIBAP
BIBAP is a non-verbal performance depicting one of Korea’s representative dishes, bibimbap (rice mixed with vegetables and beef). It was favorably received at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2010, and continues to attract international visitors in Korea today. The sound of making bibimbap is mimicked by beat-boxing and a cappella, while the motions are demonstrated through b-boying, acrobatics and martial arts. When combined, the dynamic music and choreography produce a perfect harmony, just as the different ingredients mix together to create a tasty bibimbap. Performers present a refreshing experience by improvising with a few select members of the audience during the show. One lucky audience member may even get to sample bibimbap!

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☞ Address: Seoul-si Jongno-gu Samil-daero 386 Cinecore Building B2F, BIBAP Exclusive Theater
☞ Tel: +82-2-766-0815
☞ Show Times
- Monday: 20:00
- Tuesday ~ Saturday: 17:00, 20:00
- Sunday: 15:00, 18:00
☞ Getting there: Jonggak Station (Subway Line 1), Exit 4, or Jongno 3-ga Station (Subway Line 1, 3, 5), Exit 15

☞ Go to BIBAP
☞Official website:
www.bibap.co.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese) 

Drawing:Show [HERO]
Drawing:Show [HERO] is a combination of the fine art of drawing and the art of live performance. The result? A mind-boggling, fast-paced event sure to captivate audiences of all ages from start to finish! Audience members watch in awe as the cast of performers use a mixture of painting techniques to complete brilliant artwork right before their eyes. The techniques include spraying paint with fingers, making the drawings come alive, and drawing with light in darkness. Watch closely as performers whisk around the stage creating beautiful masterpieces, only to shift gears in the blink of an eye!

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☞ Address: Seoul-si Jung-gu Cho-dong 18-5 MyungBo Art Hall B1F, Daon Hall (only for Drawing:Show)
☞ Tel: +82-2-766-7848
☞ Show Times
- Monday to Friday: 20:00
- Saturday: 16:00, 19:00
- Sunday & national holidays: 15:00, 18:00
☞ Getting there:
- 2 min walk from Euljiro 3-ga Station (Subway Line 2 or 3), Exit 8

☞ Go to Drawing:Show [HERO]
☞Official website: www.drawingtheater.com (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

Drum Cat
Organized in 2003, Drum Cat, Korea’s only female drum group, turned heads by scoring two prestigious awards at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, one of the largest fringe events in the world. Performing under the theme of ‘Sexy, Speedy, Funny, Powerful, Wild,’ the ultra-fast, energetic girl group gives a stellar, seat-rocking performance from start to finish. As skilled as they are animated, these multi-talented musicians cover musical genres including classical music, rock, jazz, techno, and Latin rhythms. A musical style for every taste, audiences won’t be able to keep their toes from tapping.

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☞ Address: Seoul-si Jung-gu Cho-dong 18-5 MyungBo Art Hall B3F, Gaon Hall
☞ Tel: +82-2-2274-2133
☞ Show Times
- Tuesday to Saturday: 16:00, 20:00
- Sundays, national holidays: 16:00
※ Closed Mondays
☞ Getting there - 1 min walk from Euljiro 3-ga Station (Subway Line 2 or 3), Exit 8 - 5 min walk from Chungmuro Station (Subway Line 3 or 4), Exit 7

☞ Go to Drum Cat Concert
☞Official website: www.drumcat.co.kr (Korean, English, Japanese)

Fanta-Stick
Fanta-Stick fills the house with an eclectic mix of heart-pounding drum beats, melodic string music, samullori (Korean percussion music), B-boying, and martial arts dancing. The first part of the title, ‘Fanta’, represents the aurora of mystery portrayed by members of the String Family, while ‘Stick’ refers to the dynamic beat of the opposing Percussion Family. The performance follows the String Family, which is on a quest to find the ‘Heavenly Flute’ in order to be released from their cursed lives as ghosts. Their fate becomes intertwined with their rivals, the Percussion Family, when their flutist daughter falls head over heels in love with the handsome Percussionist son.

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Seoul
☞ Address: Seoul-si Jung-gu Jeong-dong 22, Kyunghyang Shinmun Bldg. 2F Fanta-Stick Theater
☞ Tel: +82-2-6401-5959
☞ Show Times: Monday to Sunday at 20:00
☞ Getting there:
- Seodaemun Station (Subway Line 5), Exit 5.
Go straight for 150m, and turn right at the Kyunghyang Daily three-way intersection.
Go straight for another 20m.

- City Hall Station (Subway Line 1 or 2), Exit 1 or 12.
Enter the alleyway next to Dunkin Donuts, and walk along the Deoksugung Doldam-gil path.
At the music fountain, go straight towards Chungdong Theater.

Jeju
☞ Address: Jeju-do Seogwipo-si Saekdal-dong 2864-36 Jungmun Fanta-Stick Theater
☞ Tel: +82-64-739-7781
☞ Show Times: Tuesday ~ Sunday at 16:00
☞ Getting there:
Take Bus #600 from Jeju International Airport and get off at Jungmun Resort (중문관광단지).

☞ Go to Fanta-Stick
☞Official website: www.fanta-stick.co.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

Jump
The musical comedy Jump is a hilarious, innovative mix of martial arts (including Korea’s traditional military martial arts of taekwondo and taekkyeon) and high-flying, jaw-dropping acrobatic stunts. ‘Jump’ was named the ‘most watched performance’ for two years in a row at the UK’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and has been named Korea’s most representative nonverbal performance. In an easy-to-follow tale of bungling burglars and shy lovers, the uncomplicated plotline springs to life with outstanding comedic acting and amazing displays of physical skill. As the final scene draws to a close in a seemingly death-defying display of martial arts and acrobatics, audiences remain glued to their seats, breathless for more.

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☞ Address: Seoul-si Jongno-gu Gwancheol-dong 33-1 Cinecore Building B2F
☞ Tel: +82-2-722-3995
☞ Show Times
- Monday: 20:00 - Tuesday to Saturday: 16:00, 20:00
- Sunday, national holidays: 15:00, 18:00
☞ Getting there
- 7 min walk from Jongno 3-ga Station (Subway Line 1,3, or 5), Exit 14


☞ Go to JUMP
☞Official website:
www.yegam.com/jump (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

Karma
Since its premiere in 2007, Karma has been on a world tour of 12 different countries and has been invited to a number of international festivals as an opening or closing performance. This world renowned production is a cross-over non-verbal performance featuring the perfect marriage between dynamic oriental martial arts and beautiful Korean traditional dance. The show is about love, passion, agony, and the avarice of gods: the god of the Sun who rules the universe; the goddess of the Moon, his beloved other half; the god of the North, the arch enemy who wants to win the heart of the goddess of the Moon. Throughout the performance, you will enjoy the magical stage work in perfect harmony with spectacular music.

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☞ Address: Seoul-si Seodaemun-gu Chungjeongno 3-ga 58-1 Karma Theater
☞ Tel: +82-2-336-1289
☞ Show Times
- Monday ~ Friday: 20:00
- Saturday: 15:00, 19:00
- Sunday, national holidays: 15:00
☞ Getting there
- Chungjeongno Station (Subway Lines 2, 5), Exit 7

☞ Go to Karma
☞ Official website: thepatron.aboutmovie.com (Korean, English)

Marionette
Marionette is a b-boy musical produced by Expression Crew, a world-class b-boy dance corps. The production features harmony between passionate b-boy dance performance and a fantastic puppet show. Wearing vividly-colored masks, the b-boys express the emotions of experiences such as first encounter, love, dream, conflict, forgiveness, frustration and challenge with intense dance and dreamlike music.

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☞ Address: Seoul-si Yeongdeungpo-gu Yeouido-dong 60, 63 Art Hall of 63 Building
☞ Tel: +82-2-789-5663~6
☞ Show Times
- Tuesday ~ Sunday, national holidays: 20:00
※ Closed Mondays
☞ Getting there
- Walk or take a shuttle bus from Yeouinaru Station (Subway Line 5), Exit 4 or from Saetgang Station (Subway Line 9), Exit 1

☞ Go to Marionette
☞ Official website: www.63.co.kr (Korean)

NANTA
Debuted in 1997, NANTA is most well-attended show in Korean performance history. Combining Korean traditional elements like garak (rhythms) of samullori (traditional Korean percussion music) with a hilarious plotline, it’s no wonder Nanta continues to be a fan favorite, drawing over 700,000 international viewers each year. The performance’s five main characters (a manager, head chef, a female chef, the ‘sexy guy,’ and the manager’s nephew) beat out intricate rhythms on makeshift instruments like pots and pans as they frantically try to prepare for a luxurious wedding banquet. An enchanting performance that’s been performed on Broadway and across the globe, ‘Nanta’ is a show not to be missed. A few lucky audience members even have the chance to come up on stage to play a small but important part in this production’s impressive history.

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Seoul Myeongdong
☞ Address: Seoul-si Jung-gu Myeongdong 2-ga 50-14 UNESCO Bldg. 3F
☞ Tel: +82-2-739-8288
☞ Show Times
- Monday to Sunday, national holidays: 14:00, 17:00, 20:00
※ Open all year round
☞ Getting there: Myeongdong Station (Subway Line 4), Exit 6. → Walk straight 200m → Make a left turn at the Myeong-dong Theater Intersection and go straight 50m. Located approx. 5 to 7 minutes from the subway station.
☞ Go to Hongdae NANTA Theatre

Seoul Gangbuk Jeongdong
☞ Address: Seoul-si Jung-gu Jeong-dong 22 Kyunghyang Shinmun (경향신문, newspaper) Bldg. 1F
☞ Tel: +82-2-739-8288
☞ Show times:
- Monday to Sunday, national holidays: 17:00, 20:00
※ Open all year round
☞ Getting there
- City Hall Station (Subway Line 1 or 2), Exit 1 or 12 → Walk straight for 500m.
- Seodaemun Station (Subway Line 5), Exit 5 → Walk straight 300m and turn right.
☞ Go to Gangbuk Jeongdong NANTA Theatre

Seoul Hongdae
☞ Address: Seoul-si Mapo-gu Seogyo-dong 357-4 Nanta Theater B2, B3
☞ Tel: +82-2-739-8288
☞ Show times:
- Monday to Sunday, national holidays: 17:00, 20:00
※ Open all year round
☞ Getting there:
Hongik University Station (Subway Line 2), Exit 9.
Go straight for 350m and turn left onto Yanghwa-ro 16-gil.
Continue 120m until you see the Cultural Multiplex on the left.
☞ Go to Hongdae NANTA Theatre

Jeju
☞ Address: Jeju-si Ildo 2-dong 837-20, Jeju Media Center 1F
☞ Tel: +82-64-723-8878
☞ Show Times
- Monday to Sunday, national holidays: 17:00, 20:00
※ Open all year round
☞ Getting there: 10~15 min taxi ride from the Jeju Int’l Airport
☞ Go to Jeju NANTA Theater

☞ Official website: nanta.i-pmc.co.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

Pang Show
Pang Show is a musical performance inspired by “King of Baking, Kim Takgu”, a Korean TV series which gained huge popularity in Korea and now is aired in 12 Asian countries. The show reenacts several famous scenes from the drama and features fantastic percussion performances, b-boying, acrobatic dance, and rap songs. During the performance, the audience will get a chance to join the stage and be swayed by the exciting rhythm of the music.

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☞ Address: Seoul-si Jung-gu Jeong-dong 22, Kyunghyang Shinmun (경향신문, newspaper) Bldg. 3F, PANG SHOW Theater
☞ Tel: +82-2-722-4400
☞ Show Times: Monday ~ Friday: 20:00 / Saturday: 16:00
※ Closed Sunday
☞ Getting there
Seodaemun Station (Subway Line 5), Exit 5. Walk 150m toward Kangbuk Samsung Hospital and then turn right at Kyunghyang Shinmun building. Walk straight for about 20m.
City Hall Station (Subway Line 1 or 2), Exit 12. Enter the alleyway next to Dunkin Donuts, and walk along the Deoksugung Stone Wall Road. At the music fountain, go straight in the direction of Chungdong Theater.

☞ Go to Pang Show
☞Official website:
www.pangshow.co.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

Sachoom
Sachoom is one of the most popular South Korean non-verbal dance musicals. Besides being a favorite among national audiences, the performance made its international debut at the 2008 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, gaining praise from fans and critics alike for its gravity-defying performances and storyline (with easy-to-read English subtitles). Besides its winning combination of dance styles such as hip-hop, jazz, contemporary dance, and breakdancing, the show is famous for its unconventionality. Instead of passively watching from their seats, audience members are urged to stand up and cheer loudly during the musical and move to the music. Some audience members are even picked to come up on stage and show off their dance moves, and everyone will have the chance to take photos with the cast after the final curtain call.

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☞ Address: Seoul-si Jongno-gu Nagwon-dong 284-6, Nagwon Building 4F Sa.Choom Theater
☞ Tel: +82-2-3676-7616
☞ Show Times:
- Monday to Friday: 20:00
- Saturday: 16:00, 19:30
- Sunday and national holidays: 16:00
※ Open all year round
☞ Getting there
- 1 min walk from Jongno 3-ga Station (Subway Line 1,3, or 5), Exit 5
- 7 min walk from Jonggak Station (Subway Line 1), Exit 4
- 7 min walk from Anguk Station (Subway Line 3), Exit 4

☞ Go to Sachoom
☞ Official website: www.sachoom.com (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

 
Date 04/25/2012



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