Seoul Performing Arts Festival (SPAF) opens (Oct. 2 – 31, 2015)
Held in the Daehangno (University Road) district of Seoul with its large concentration of theaters, the Seoul Performing Arts Festival (SPAF) is South Korea’s largest-scale performing arts festival. The current artistic director is the choreographer Ahn Ae-soon, who is also the artistic director of South Korea’s Hanguk Performing Arts Center (HANPAC). Held concurrently with the festival is also the Seoul Dance Collection, which has a cooperative relationship with the Fukuoka Dance Fringe Festival (Japan) and aims to discover and nurture young choreographers in Korea.
Without setting specific festival themes for each holding, SPAF seeks to introduce high-quality foreign works, and this year two of the foreign invited works were À Louer (For Rent) by the Peeping Tom company, of which two members are Korean dancers, and Sakinan göze çöp batar and D’après une histoire vraie (Based on a True Story) by I.C.I. Region Languedoc-Roussillon National Montpellier Choreography Centre led by Christian Rozzi.
Other invited works included the music theater work Shakespeare’s Sonnets performed by the Berliner Ensemble with directing by Robert Wilson. On the schedule of works selected from open applications in South Korea were a play by IMAGINEATRE with directing by Hae-sung titled Park Origin of Belief 2: Winds of Fukushima and dealing with the disaster that befell the prefecture of Fukushima, Japan, and taking “the origins of faith” as its theme.
Launched in 2001 after merging of the Seoul Theater Festival (founded 1977) and the Seoul Dance Festival (founded 1978), the Seoul Performing Arts Festival (SPAF) is now an independent comprehensive theater and performing arts festival. The festival was founded with the aims to develop it into a festival worthy of the great international city that Seoul is, to break down the barriers between the artistic genre and to serve as an “incubator” for new performing art works born of artistic encounters. Since 2011 it has received national government funding and organized by the South Korea's HANPAC performing arts center.
- Seoul Performing Arts Festival (SPAF)