Sunday, October 14, 2007

nanta, eh.

I got free tickets to see Nanta, the cooking show.

Eh. I'm glad I didn't pay for it. It was entertaining, but had that cheezy slap-stick Korean gag show element that made it just a bit irritating instead of funny. If I were 6 years old, it would be hilarious.

The performers are truly talented. They sing, they dance, they act, they do percussion work with sharp knives! But overall it's like STOMP! gone wrong. There was a bit too much audience participation and it made me really hungry.

The most entertaining and exciting moment was when one dude got his ass stuck in a trashcan (see below). I've now saved you the time and money of having to go.

Friday, October 12, 2007

skku fashion

On my way to class I came across a design show in the lobby of one of the buildings at SKKU. The fashion design students often have a runway show in the spring, but I always find out about it at the last minute. I'm assuming since graduation is at the end of the semester that this is a display of some senior work. I like a couple of the pieces, and I would totally wear the entire outfit. And others I found completely ridiculous, but I still enjoy seeing the work that these students are creating and I wish they had more stuff up.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Doosan: art & dance

I went to the Doosan Art Center to see Asia Central America Dance Exchange and Tommi Kitti perform. The first group was pretty good.
"A group of young and fresh choreographers from different backgrounds and nationalities create an original work reflecting their experience of a 6-month dance residency program in Seoul from May to October 2007. Thai music and traditional dance, Indonesia’s Flores dance, contemporary dance, and Mexican pop music collapse into a work that explores cutting edge ideas and a new concept of multi-national collaboration. The production reflects thoughts and ideas on “what is the ‘contemporaryness/contemporaneity’ of the third world contemporary dance and performing art?” and is also inspired by Korean traditional dance, including Chaesang Sogo Choom (hat twirling dance), Bongsang Mask Dance, and Drum Dance."
There were a few really strong dancers in the group that made it a truly enjoyable and inspiring experience. They did a good job of highlighting and bringing together their different backgrounds through dance. They were also kinda silly. The two performances were part of the 10th Seoul International Dance Festival which is still on untill October 27th. So, go check it out.

big boy
Doosan Art Center is also showing China Big Boy, an exhibition of paintings and sculptures by Chinese artists. Some of the pieces are really funny. I don't know if I was just taught to always see the humor in art or what, but I had to try so hard to hold it together in the gallery and not bust out laughing when I was looking at some of the Chen WenLing sculptures. They were great!
big boy little ajjuma

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Did you just PIFF?

Why yes, I did. The Pusan International Film Festival started on the 4th of October and runs till this Friday. Lumina and I caught a bunch of films, some stranger than others, and listened to guest directors and producers talk about their work.

I'm excited, and a bit annoyed, that the closing film on Friday is going to be the world premiere of Evangelion 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone.
Evangelion 1.0: You Are (Not) Alone is a new theatrical version of Neon Genesis Evangelion, which started as a TV animation series in 1995 and remains immensely popular over a decade later with a huge following of fans. The previous theatrical animation was a tremendous hit in 1997 yet its obscure ending roused controversy. Ten years later, in 2007, Hideaki Anno planned a new theatrical series in 4 parts, and the Evangelion 1.0: You Are (Not) Alone is the first of his tetralogy. After the tragedy of the “Second Impact” that killed half of mankind, a 14-year old boy, Shinji, gets mixed up in the war between the UN army and Angel. He pilots the Evangelion, a human figure weapon secretly developed by the NERV special agency to defend the earth from its enemy, Angel. Following its domestic release on Sep. 1, 2007 in Japan, Evangelion 1.0: You Are (Not) Alone will have its international premiere at the 2007 PIFF.
It would be a little insane, but I'd love to go down again just to see this.

Saturday, October 06, 2007

same same

Margaret Mead - "Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else."

She also said, "Having two bathrooms ruined the capacity to co-operate. "