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Korean talent in Ciutadella Park

[ 24.09.17 ]

Mercè Street Arts (MAC Festival) always fills the Ciutadella Park with talent from the most diverse places of origin. This year is no different: the venue will host a number of artists who blend tradition and modernity to present a programme of the finest Korean talent.

In cooperation with the Korean Cultural Centre in Madrid (the Korean Embassy’s organisation devoted to cultural affairs), La Mercè includes a production by Creative Group Noni, whose work Play of Tiger and Monkey fuses a Korean traditional story with music and dance. As you will see, masks and drums are key elements in this show, performed in the Cascada (Waterfall) area during the day. Come back in the evening, and you will see another show by the same company. In Playing Wind, Noni also take their inspiration from tradition – a Korean ritual, in this case – to present a modern production filled with light and wind.

Percussion is another leading element in Korean traditional art, and Tago make it the central ingredient in a high-energy show that also features martial arts. Despite deep traditional roots, however, this is an absolutely contemporary production.

Next, if you like urban dance, don’t miss I.O.F. Crew, a Korean b-boy band that use traditional masks in a nevertheless ultra-modern show entitled Heung, which takes place in Passeig de Lluís Companys during the day. At the same venue in the evening you can watch as I.O.F. Crew use masks to create a futurist show featuring light and robots: Gwang Tal.

Finally, also in Passeig de Lluís Companys, the Croquiky Brothers will perform the action of painting a picture (or, to be precise, two pictures). This entertaining production, a fun fusion of talents, goes by the title of Drawing Circus.

By the way, anyone interested in discovering the most modern face of Korean culture should also visit the BAM Festival in Rambla del Raval on Saturday, September 23. There, at 1 am, fans can enjoy a show by Idiotape, a Korean EDM (Electronic Dance Music) band that use analogue equipment in their performances.