Seoul’s Festival Bo:m held (Mar. 27 – Apr. 19, 2015)
Each spring brings Festival Bo:m, an interdisciplinary “dawon arts” festival in the South Korean capital of Seoul. Since last year the festival director is LEE Seunghyo, and this year marks the festival’s ninth holding. This year’s festival adopted a new theme of “cross-reference – the interplay and cumulative subjectivity of genres” for opening discussion to be followed by a program of 30 works from 11 countries, including Australia, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Norway, the Philippines, the United Kingdom and the Korea Republic.
On the theater program were the interactive healing performance I-Cure by Ivo Dimchev (Bulgaria), a performance by the young British artist group Forest Fringe, the German group She She Pop performing Shubladen (Drawers), Belgiun-based Heine Avdal and Yukiko Shinozaki presenting Field Works-office, and in dance Dimitri Chamblas and Boris Charmatz performed À bras-le-corps.
Works from the Korea Republic included the urban game developers Woops Yang presenting the work FASHIONSTARWARS, CHA Jiryang presenting the work Korean Refugees – Negotiation, singer LEE Heemoon performing Order-made Repertory: Kkwe, HWANG Soohyun’s Stored Reality and a performance by one of Korea’s leading magicians, LEE Eungyeol titled Méliès Illusion – Prologue and the young dawon arts group Creative VaQi performing Gobyerno (Government).
From Japan, a program titled “Festival/Tokyo in Seoul,” works from the 2014 Festival/Tokyo including Moshi-ita – Moshi Kokoyakyu no Joshi Manager ga Aomori no ‘Itkgo’ wo Yondara and Mr. Creature were invited.
For the festival’s closing there was a performance title “Asian Music Party featuring the Japanese unit Soi 48 with a collection of world music centering mainly on Thai music and DJ SOULSCAPE active on the Korean underground music scene.
Festival Bo:m was launched in 2007 as the Spring Wave Festival with the aim of becoming a dynamic contemporary arts festival that values the spirit of experimentation and challenge and places the focus on discovering new artists in order to present. In 2008, the name was changed to Bom, which means both spring and seeing in Korean, and it has been organized since on an annual three-week schedule from March into April utilizing a variety of venues around Seoul. Amid today’s trend of contemporary arts to cross over the boundaries of the existing genres of dance, theater, art, music, film and performance, Festival Bo:m continues to explore and question the new trends of interdisciplinary (dawon) arts. From the festival’s founding until 2013, Kim Seong-Hee served as artistic director, and from 2014 the new director is Seunghyo Lee.
- Festival Bo:m