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In one room, in a space turned into ruins in Syrian Civil War, a civilian rescue unit called The White Helmets is rescuing children under the ruins. In another room, near a university in Seoul, the riot police called The White skulls are beating up the students who protested against dictatorship. Both are wearing white helmets, but they stand for something entirely different. In these two rooms, the audience witness historical events taking place in different times and different countries. They become the rescue unit to save kids one moment and riot police who arrest students. Inviting the audience into historical situations that was only heard about or never experienced, this piece throws a question about ‘our future.’Synopsis
For a long period of time, mankind has carved a vast history of violence and human disaster, led by wars. Even now, so many lives are vanishing on the other side of the planet because of unbridled violence, with the truths being buried with it. Through the incidents of the White Skull of 1987 in Seoul, Korea, and White Helmets of 2017 in Aleppo, Syria, this piece tries to focus on vanished stories, nameless people and buried truths.Schedule
After studying stage directing at School of Drama of Korea National University of Arts, Tae-hyung Kim has directed a number of theatre works including <The Good Doctor>, <The Mousetrap>, <A Black Rat>, <I’ll Get Married in May>, <The History Boys>, <Good Students>, <A Spooky Relationship>, <The Bunker Trilogy> and <The Capone Trilogy>. His romantic comedies in small venues, <I’ll Get Married in May> and <Cat on the Rooftop>, were described to “have relatable sense of humor and show bittersweet flavor of love in a not cheesy way,” and <Good Students> and <The History Boys>, which were set in schools, delivered profound messages. He also presented a new type of works that keeps stimulating the audience, breaking away from conventional form of performance in <What Do We Do? Performance is Tomorrow!> and <The Helmet – Room’s Vo.1>. Kim also expanded his boundary into musical theatre and directed <Brooklyn>, <Agatha>, <Roh Ki soo>, <Fan Letters>, <The Musical We Make for the First Time Today> and <The Bridges of Madison County>.
Director ｜ Tae-hyung Kim
Producer ｜ In-suk Jung
Writer ｜ Ee-sun Gee
Set, Prop Design ｜ Mi-kyung Kim
Lighting Design ｜ Yun-young Koo
Sound Design ｜ Ji-hwi Kwon
Composer ｜ Bo-mi Lee
Movement Director ｜ Jung-ju Seo
Choreographer ｜ Hyun-jung Lee
Costume Design ｜ Moon-ki Hong
Cast ｜ Seok-jun Lee, Ji-yoon Son, So-min Yang, Ho-young Lee, Do-vin Kim
IMCULTURE CO., LTD. is a performance production company founded in March 2014, which brought together many creative professionals who’ve been working to develop performing arts culture in Korea for more than a decade to create top-notch productions based on their know-hows. From its first year, a new musical <Roh Ki soo> and play <The Capone Trilogy> already gained wide popularity and critical recognition. In 2016, the second run of the two productions as well as the plays <Sirenia> and <The Bunker Trilogy>, achieving more than 90% of seat occupancy. In addition in 2017, the company presented new works including <The Musical We Make for the First Time Today>, an improvised musical tried out for the first time in Korea, cabaret musical <Mee on the Song> and plays <The Frontier Trilogy> and <Dear Elena Sergeevna> and also developed <The Helmet - Room’s Vol.1>, keeping in mind the international audience, which will be premiered in Korea and presented in Edinburgh Festival in 2019. IMCULTURE CO., LTD. aims to produce distinctive new productions in order to contribute to the development of performing arts scene as well as new audiences to expand the market.