SPAF - Seoul Performing Arts Festival

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Country and Region South KoreaSeoul
Type of Festival Dance, Drama, Music
Location of Festival Seoul, Seoul, South Korea
Festival Contact Information

SPAF - Seoul Performing Arts Festival
4F. Seokma Bldg. 1-89
Dongsoong-Dong Chongno-Gu Seoul, Korea
Phone: +82 2-3673-2561~4
Fax: +82 2-745-7924

Festival Description

Every year, SPAF attracts large public audiences and media attention by introducing major international and domestic contemporary performances encompassing theatre, dance and multidisciplinary arts. Founded in 2001 and marking its tenth year, SPAF is one of the most prestigious culture and arts brands in Korea. As one of the best performing arts festivals in Asia, SPAF is aiming to set an international standard in contemporary artistic performance as a hub for the international arts scene. In the autumn, artists from various parts of the world will bring their creative and inspirational performances to Seoul. No doubt, their artistic passion and commitment will dazzle and amaze all those who attend.

Festival Dates October 2 - 26, 2013
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Festival Events:

International Works – Theatre 2011:
  • The Holy Innocents (Colombia)
    Performances — Sunday, October 2, 7:00pm; Monday October 3, 4:00pm; Tuesday, October 4, 8:00pm
    Korean Subtitles
    Director: Heidi Abderhalden, Rolf Abderhalden
    Company: MAPA Teatro
    Venue — Main Hall, Arko Arts Theater
    Duration: 60 minutes
    Rating: 12 and Over
    Tickets: R: 40,000 KRW, S: 30,000 KRW
    • A bizarre party takes place along the Pacific coast. An unwelcome man is about to suffer a lashing. The brightly-decorated party scene, redolent of the energetic South Americas, turns into the location for a testimony of war. A balance between political activism and poetic sensibility, this piece is a montage of dichotomous images such as reality and fiction, truth and lies, festivities and mass murder.
  • I AM SEAGULL (Armenia)
    Performances — Monday, October 3, 7:00pm; Tuesday, October 4; Wednesday, October 5, 8:00pm
    Korean Subtitles
    Director: Hakob Ghazanchyan
    Playwright: Anton Chekhov
    Company: Yerevan State Youth Theatre
    Venue — Small Hall, Daehangno Arts Theater
    Duration: 60 minutes
    Rating: 12 and Over
    Tickets: All Seats: 30,000 KRW
    • Anton Chekhov’s “The Seagull” is one of the most frequently performed pieces of theatre that surpasses time and nationality when dealing with human desire, life, love and despair. In this innovative version, Arkajina is the only protagonist to appear on stage as the others remain seated on vacant chairs with hats on. Here is a chance to see “The Seagull” from a novel vantage point that is sure to move the audience. This piece was invited to the Chekhov International Theatre Festival to mark Anton Chekhov’s 150th Anniversary.
  • small metal objects (Australia)
    Performances — Friday, October 14, 8:00pm; Saturday, October 15; Sunday, October 16, 4:00pm, 7:00pm
    Korean Interpretation
    Director: Bruce Gladwin
    Company: Back to Back Theatre
    Venue — Seoul Station
    Duration: 55 minutes
    Rating: 15 and Over
    Tickets: All seats: 30,000 (Donation Performance)
    Supported by Australia International Cultural Council
    • The audience is placed into higher-than-usual seats equipped with headsets to watch a highly personal encounter while sitting amongst a crowd in a city full of pedestrians. This dynamic piece about human values is defined by its unique use of dramatic elements that transcend the boundaries between ordinary life and the theatre.
  • Before Your Very Eyes, (Germany)
    Performances — Saturday, October 29, 7:00pm; Sunday, October 30, 4:00pm; Monday, October 31, 8:00pm
    Korean Subtitles
    Director: Gob Squad
    Company: Gob Squad
    Venue — Main Hall, Arko Arts Theater
    Duration: 60 minutes
    Rating: 15 and Over
    Tickets: R: 40,000 KRW, S: 30,000 KRW
    • Seven children of 8-14 years old are in a “safe-room” made of one-way mirrors, looking back on their recent childhood and peering into their future as adults, like insects in a jam jar. Through a variety of images and a multi-media game, memories of the past and visions of the future are brought together in a time warp that helps the audience gain greater personal insight in a world where we have become all too obsessed with trying to stop the aging process and preserving youth as long as we can. These seven children prepare to leave childhood behind forever.
International Works – Dance 2011:
  • Megalopolis (Germany)
    Performances — Wednesday, September 28; Thursday, September 29, 8:00pm
    Korean Subtitles
    Director: Constanza Macras
    Company: Constanza Macras/DorkyPark Company
    Venue — Main Hall, Arko Arts Theater
    Duration: 105 minutes
    Rating: 18 and Over
    Tickets: R: 40,000 KRW, S: 30,000 KRW
    Supported by Goethe-Institut Munich & Seoul
    • Megalopolis is an abstract and immense city location containing a highly evolved urban structure and all the elements of the contemporary social paradigm including disorder, personal anonymity and surveillance systems. Choreographer, Constanza Macras, maintains the truths of social promise and criticism while visualizing some of the dramatic vocabulary in unique ways. Through dance, music, language and video, a sharp review of the human elements in cities is undertaken and a meticulous and concrete expression of the observation process is revealed.
  • Press (France)
    Performances — Saturday, October 29, 7:00pm; Sunday, October 30, 4:00pm Choreographer: Pierre Rigal
    Company: Compagnie Dernière Minute
    Venue — Small Hall, Arko Arts Theater
    Duration: 60 minutes
    Rating: 12 and Over
    Tickets: All Seats: 30,000 KRW
    Supported by Embassy of France, French Institute
    • Previously a hurdle runner, Pierre Rigal, began to dance in 2002. Much like his atypical background, the piece is embedded with originality. is the narrative of a man caged in a small room, equipped only with a desk lamp. Changes in the set, lighting and music affect the movements of the dancers and slowly merge with their conversation. The interrelationship between dancers and space is explored while portraying how humans have adapted to the environment and evolved over time.
  • La Natura Delle Cose (Italy)
    Performances — Sunday, October 30, 7:00pm; Monday, October 31, 8:00pm
    Choreographer: Virgilio Sieni
    Company: Compagnia Virgilio Sieni
    Venue — Main Hall, Daehangno Arts Theater
    Duration 60 minutes
    Rating: 12 and Over
    Tickets: R: 40,000 KRW, S: 30,000 KRW
    Supported by the Embassy of Italy, Italian Cultural Institute in Seoul
    • Four male dancers raise, move, and position the statue of Venus in the air. They move about as if naturally forming a single body, one movement leading seamlessly into the next. Virgilio Sieni continuously asks himself what lies behind existence. The audience will step into this journey and experience moments when things are empty and yet full, as well as the moment when rapture and anguish meet.
Full programming 2011:
  • There is extensive international and national programming for this festival. For the full program schedule please visit the festival web site at


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