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This Week's Cultural News

2011/01/20 Source

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In Chungmuro, the cultural hub of Korea, Drawing: Show [Hero] has come to meet the audience. The show is a continuous experience of artistic fantasy. Art is created live on stage to leave audience members delighted and amazed. The heroes that live inside every person's heart comes to life through artworks.

The actors, who are also their own directors, developed this new style of performance by integrating art, science, and the interesting phenomena found in everyday life.

The Action Painting part of the performance is filled with dynamic color painting! Each of the four actors draws something different, and when the pictures are brought together, an unexpected hero appears.

Next up is Cube Art, in which 200 cubes are matched together to create one picture. One by one, the cubes are arranged live, in front of the audience! The Rubik's cube has transcended the status of being a mere toy to become art. After five minutes, the secret picture is revealed, and Superman is born amidst applause and pantomime.

Next is the highlight of the Drawing:Show - the quick and amazing Reverse Drawing! The stage is transformed into a giant piece of sketch paper, behind which the actors stand, painting in rhythm to exciting music. It is hard to believe that they are actually painting. The fantastic reverse drawing, unique to the Drawing:Show both in scale and originality, receives appreciative applause from the audience.

The beautiful finale is a treat for the eyes. The audience watch the marbling process, which is well-known but very rarely seen live. The artists work on their marbling, filming with a camera to show the audience the process on a big screen. The audience is captivated by the harmony of colors, created amazingly by the artists.
Meanwhile, every section of the performance includes the artists' interaction with audience members.

[Interview : Ryan Blaisdell, Audience USA] "I was surprised when they chose me. I went up on the stage and tried to follow along. It was a good time. The guys seemed like a lot of fun, they're really nice, and it was really enjoyable".

Drawing: Show [Hero] bravely casts aside traditional definitions of performing arts to present a beautiful art fantasy! Audience members will take home laughter, awe, and heartwarming emotions.

Following a series of successful sports movies spotlighting handball, ski jumping, and weightlifting, another true-story sports movie meets the audience in Korea!

Director Kang Woo-seok presents "GLove", the touching true story of the baseball team at Chungju Seongsim School.

Kim Sang-nam is a retired pro baseball player. He becomes a temporary coach for the baseball team at Chungju Seongsim School, where he finds that all the players have hearing disabilities. This plot represented a special commitment for the actors.

[Interview : Jung Jae-young, Role of "Kim Sang-nam"] "We had to look like professional players, like we were naturals at it. We couldn't just pretend. We worked hard to look like professional baseball players in every move".

For this movie, 10 young actors underwent six months of hard training.

[Interview : Kim Hye-sung, Role of "Jang Dae-geun"] "We underwent systematic training with professional baseball coaches three hours per day. Sometimes, we would do nothing but catch hundreds of balls for three or four hours straight. Our whole bodies ached".

The team's hope is to become first in the nation. They cannot hear the sound of their bats cracking against speeding balls, but they are happiest when they put on their baseball gloves. Sang-nam gives them the boost they need to persevere.

[Interview : Kang Woo-seok, Director] "This is not a baseball movie. This is a movie about people, who gather around baseball and go beyond the game".

[Interview : Jung Jae-young, Role of "Kim Sang-nam"] "I hope that this will be a movie that touches many hearts".

"GLove" is a story of endless effort and challenge. The movie will move the audience and leave everyone cheering at the stands.

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