From moving pictures to ballet, an art lovers dream
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  • From moving pictures to ballet, an art lovers dream

    A number of events have been lined up this month and next to celebrate the worlds of movies and music for the enjoyment of city residents and visitors.

    The Busan Cinema Center will screen 222 classic masterpieces from around the world until the end of December, while the Busan Museum of Art is running a special exhibition until December 11 called Monet to Warhol: Masterpieces from the Saint-Etienne Museum of Modern Art. The Busan Cultural Center has also prepared special performances of The Nutcracker by the Korea National Ballet from December 7-8.

    Winter calendar of festivals and events for cineastes,

    art enthusiasts


    Fresh from the success of hosting this years Busan International Film Festival (BIFF), the newly built Busan Cinema Center is again in the limelight with an exciting new program of movies.

    The venue, which gained prominence during the BIFF for its unique structure, which includes the worlds largest cantilevered roof, is set to launch another film festival. This will be held on a smaller scale under the theme of Immortal masterpieces, meeting the Busan Cinema Center and will run until December 31.



    Screening 222 world masterpieces

    The festival will divide scores of movies into several categories, from classic to obscure, meaning that visitors can enjoy age-old favorites such as The Godfather, Dr. Zhivago and The 10 Commandments alongside less well-known flicks such as Vampire, Millennium Actress and As Tears Go By.

    The section titled Baekhwa Yeoljeon will screen 100 masterpieces looking back on a century of filmmaking, while Carte Blanche will feature 50 films recommended by famous Korean filmmakers. The latter will also include an interactive lecture with a number of established filmmakers.

    Banquet of Epics, Animation Heaven and Three Points of View are among the other categories in the program.

    This film festival is aimed at promoting the new venue and celebrating its opening, so all tickets are being provided at the discounted rate of 3,000 won ($3).


    Six classical and musical performances

    Six musical performances featuring world-famous artists and repertoires have been organized to celebrate the opening of the cinema center, a new landmark in Busan City. The schedule will kick off with a concert by the Busan Philharmonic Orchestra and pianist Paik Hae-sun on November 22, with tickets going for 20,000 won.

    This will be followed by the Stefan Pi Jackiw Recital on the 25th, a solo cello performance by Chung Myung-wha on the 29th and a piano recital by Paik Kun-woo on December 10.

    On December 14, an event called Oh Jung-hae and Kim Duk-soo Ensemble Sinawui will run, followed by performances of the classic musical Guys and Dolls on December 31 and January 1.

    Tickets for the Chung Myung-wha recital cost 40,000 won for R seats, while opera and S seats cost 30,000 won, A seats are priced at 20,000 won and balcony seats 10,000 won.

    * Information: Busan Cinema Center (051-780-6000)


    An exhibition running under the banner Monet to Warhol: Masterpieces from the Saint-Etienne Museum of Modern Art will take place until Dec. 11 at the Busan Museum of Art.

    Monet is a master of impressionism, a movement that arose around the same time as industrialization in West. Warhol, on the other hand, is a representative of modern art, showing the effects of mass production, mass consumption and latter-day industrial society in his works.

    Some 112 works from 81 masters such as Claude Monet (1840~1926) to Andy Warhol (1928~1987), the American pop art master, will be featured. They have all been chosen from the Saint Etienne Museums collection, which encompasses 19,000 modern and contemporary art works.

    Also on display will be classic paintings by Pablo Picasso and Roy Lichtenstein among others in four sections.

    Cho Il-sang, director of the Busan Museum of Art, said, This is a very valuable chance to see the different trends in Western art since 1900. You will be able to compare the works of well-known world famous artists.

    The exhibition is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. (last group admitted at 7 p.m.) Tickets cost 11,000 won for adults, 9,000 won for teenagers and 5,000 won for preschoolers. A 2,000 won discount is available for groups of more than 20 people. 

    * Information: Busan Museum of Art (051-746-2970), web site (


    National Ballet gets in festive spirit with The Nutcracker


    Koreas National Ballet is staging performances of Tchaikovskys The Nutcracker, a traditional Christmas favorite, from December 7-8 at the Main Theater of the Busan Cultural Center. The shows will begin at 7:30 p.m.

    Based on E.T.A. Hoffmans story The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, the 120-year-old ballet remains a perennial favorite for its colorful characters and sets, including the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Land of Sweets.

    However, it is Tchaikovskys searing score that puts the production in a class of its own. Despite it taking several decades for the Russian composer to achieve success with the ballet, for which he produced the eight songs, it has ever since been hailed as a masterpiece that takes audiences on an emotional journey that often transcends the narrative.

    Act One revolves around a Christmas Eve party at the house of Herr and Frau Silberhaus and their children, which is attended by a local councilman and toymaker who brings with him four lifelike dolls.

    Many of the scenes that follow are hard to express by dance routines alone, making the musical score the glue that binds everything together.

    The music reaches a crescendo in the second act as various dances from the Eastern and Western hemispheres take place. And as the music and dance reach a harmonious balance, the narrative conveys its message to the audience without the need for dialogue or prompts.

    The Nutcracker performed by the Korea National Ballet next month in Busan City will be Yuri Grigorovichs production for Russias Bolshoi Ballet. He led the troupe for 33 years.

    Grigorovich chose to emphasize the dancing and reducing the miming action on stage. Most of the scenes require dancing of a higher technical level than what was seen in earlier productions as they feature exaggerated actions, powerful spins and buoyant jumps.

    By using the moving stage and changing the line order frequently, the troupe will treat audiences to a peerless performance.

    Tickets for R seats are priced at 70,000 won, or 50,000 won for S seats, 30,000 won for A seats and 20,000 won for B seats.

    * Information: Busan Cultural Center (051-607-6058)

  • May 04, 2012