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Creator of comic show to unveil new non-verbal performance 'Space'

11:00 February 06, 2019

SEOUL, Feb. 6 (Yonhap) -- A renowned South Korean arts director said Wednesday he plans to present a new comic theater piece set in space by the fall of 2020 to capitalize on the revived popularity of the genre.

Song Seung-hwan, who served as the creative chief of the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics, has been pushing ahead with a project to create the comic performance, "Space," as a sequel to a 1997 comic show called Nanta.

Nanta is a non-verbal performance of brash rhythms, with performers using all kinds of kitchen items like pots, pans and knives as percussion instruments.

The actor-turned-director, 62, who is currently the CEO and executive artistic director of Seoul-based PMC Production, said "Space" is characterized by its use of video, compared with Nanta, which focuses on rhythms.

According to Song, the new non-verbal performance revolves around a man and a woman who happen to be sent by two gods to another planet following the earth's explosion and the death of the human race.

The two gods find themselves terribly distressed as the couple, whom they wanted to start humanity anew, just like Adam and Eve in the creation myth, continue to quarrel each other.

"The performance of videos will take center stage in the theater, in which videos are not a supplementary means or used as a set," Song said. He hopes the new theater piece will provide an opportunity for three-way interactions between actors, video and audience.

This undated file photo shows South Korean actor-turned-director Song Seung-hwan, currently the CEO and executive artistic director of Seoul-based PMC Production. (Yonhap)


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