CONTRIBUTED BY CHRISTINE BRUNS
Thanks to the Korean Tourism Organization’s welcome event for the 2014 K-Performance Supporters (which I was lucky enough to stumble upon during their enrollment process), I recently had the pleasure of enjoying a rare night out at the theater and got to see KABOOM!
KABOOM! is a variety show, directed by Kolleen Park, with four different acts:
- Morning of Owl – a B-Boy dance group (“World’s number 1 B-boy team”)
- Magic Trunk – a magician and his assistant, who incorporate story telling into the show
- Va Va Voom – a female trio that plays fusion Korean classical music on traditional instruments (including the gayageum, daejaeng, and janggu)
- PID (Performance in the Darkness) – a black laser light show with costumed dancers
As with most live shows, taking pictures during the performance is a big no-no, but there are some good photos of each act on the show’s website.
Kaboom! is an apt name for the show – there was thrilling music, great lighting and special effects, and very energetic performances by all four acts. The magic tricks were very theatrical and the B-Boy dancers offered up both fast and slow pieces. Va Va Voom incorporated instrumental and vocal music into their performances, and they collaborated with the other acts at times. The highlight for all in the audience was the final sequence by PID, with their thrilling laser show and dance moves.
This is a great show and you will definitely enjoy yourself. The music and effects are loud at times, so the mommy in me would probably not bring my pre-schooler to it, but I did see a number of older, school age kids in the audience enjoying the show. One cool audience participation element is that the pictures you take on the Kaboom! kiosks in the theater’s lobby (and e-mail to yourself) are included in the opening video sequence – be sure to say “Kimchi” with a big smile for your close up!
Open run began on February 28, 2014
Thursdays @ 8PM, Fridays @ 8PM, Saturdays at 3PM and 7PM, Sundays at 3PM
The show lasts for about 70 minutes, with no intermission.
The Discover Seoul desk at DHL or other on-post travel desks can probably assist you. Tickets can be purchased directly from InterPark Tickets online.
Prices: range from 40,000-80,000 KW per seat.
Website: http://www.showkaboom.com/ (in Korean only)
Phone: (02) 2637-2777
Address: 4th Floor Theater, Cinecore Building, Samildaero 386, Jongno-gu, Seoul
By subway, Jongno 3(sam)-ga Station (Line 1, 3, or 5) – Exit 15. Go straight for 2 blocks from the exit, turn left at the Burger King and walk 2 short blocks to the tall VIPs building on your left.
The Fresh Life Restaurant is on the 2nd floor (buffet style) and the Cinecore theater is on the 4th floor. This is also the same building that the Bibap cooking theater show is housed in.