The Coronet Theatre will present Tiger is Coming, a month-long season featuring the best of Korea’s contemporary art scene
Photography courtesy of The Coronet Theatre featuring Cha Jinyeob of Collective A
London’s international arts venue, The Coronet Theatre, will present Tiger is Coming, a month-long season featuring the best of Korea’s contemporary art scene running from 26th August until 1st October 2022.
From traditional Korean storytelling to computer generated algorithms, art installations, dance and Korea’s alternative pop music, the programme will showcase Korea’s thriving art scene.
‘Tiger is Coming – these were the words chosen by the celebrated Korean artist, Choi Jeong Hwa, who is opening our season with his spectacular installation’, says Anda Winters, Artistic Director of The Coronet Theatre.
Video courtesy of The Coronet Theatre featuring Cha Jinyeob of Collective A
‘My passion for Korean contemporary arts began when I first visited Seoul more than twenty years ago. I have continued to visit Korea and to observe the astonishing power to surprise, entertain and influence that marks out Korea’s artists today. We are proud to be able to show this work in London with the support of so many partners.’
The season will open on 26th August with a dazzling installation across the entire façade of The Coronet Theatre by Seoul-based artist and designer Choi Jeong Hwa who is widely known for creating art from the most humble of materials.
From soda bottles and balloons to shopping bags and wires, recycled and found objects are the hallmarks of his playful repertoire. Throughout the season his work will also be on show in an exhibition in the historic interior spaces of the theatre building itself.
Photography courtesy of The Coronet Theatre featuring Choi Jeong Hwa
The dance programme will feature a six-part dance video series, Modeun Tour: The Path of the Body, focusing on the space and nature of Jeju Island, created by choreographer and film-maker Kim Modeun.
There’s also a mixed reality performance, Body-go-Round, by collective A, led by director Cha Jinyeob who is best known for her choreography for the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games, and much more.
Meanwhile, South Korea’s latest pop band, LEENALCHI, featuring in the music programme, will present three evenings of Pansori music, a Korean form of musical storytelling, coinciding with South Korea’s traditional Thanksgiving known as Chuseok.
Film stills by Chad Park featuring Modeun Tour: The Path of the Body
Elsewhere, composers and media artists, Tacit Group, will create an immersive contemporary music spectacle and award-winning theatre company Dolpagu will explore gender and social class across generations in XXL Leotard and Anna Sui Hand Mirror.
South Korea’s art scene has enjoyed an unprecedented boom in the last two years, with Seoul becoming a major hub for contemporary art in Asia. In September 2022, Seoul will host the first Frieze art fair alongside the Korea International Art Fair.
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