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Drama Center

The Drama Center achieves the half-century mark.

WHEN THE DRAMA CENTER FIRST OPENED

Stage and foyer
This was made up of the main stage, which was divided into the forestage and the back stage, a choir stage of a semicircular auditorium behind the audiences seats, and two aisle stages passing the audience seats vertically on two side stages connected to the main stage by side stairs. The aisle stages and the forestage were connected by a bridge stage. The aisle stages served as a passage to the audience seats and the choir stage served as a foyer.
A small but cozy auditorium
A total of 486 audience seats took the form of outdoor Greek theaters from 2,500 years ago. The main stage and side stages of the theater were reminiscent of a medieval stage. The forestage had the Apron, one of the features of theaters in the 16th-century Elizabethan era. The back stage was the picture flame stage that had been in mainstream for 200 years. The bridge stage, meanwhile, resembled the hanamichi of Japanese Kabuki theater.
An integration of archetypes
Such designs used in the Drama Center were an integration of the most distinguished theater construction techniques of each era. Along with the front view and the audience seats, another distinguished theater design was the route through which actors and actresses could appear on or disappear from the stage. Their appearance and disappearance by way of this route maximized the impact on the audience, with a close-up method much like that of the movies. The actors and audience shared the same space.
Encounters between the stage and the audience
In traditional Korean theater, there is no distinction between the stage and audience seating. In other words, the stage is equivalent to the audience seating and vice versa. The audience takes a position on the stage and the audience uses the audience space as the stage. This allows the audience to participate as an element of theater, together with actors. The major goal of the theater’s design is to create a bond between the audience and actors, and to allow the theater to encompass all aspects of public arts. To conclude, the specific design of the Drama Center is an innovative solution to what the ailing modern theater, one which must be further implemented in the future.

Far-sighted plans for the Drama Center!

The Drama Center at present

Today, Seoul Institute of the Arts is taking aim not only at Koreans but also at the world. In 1997, it established itself as a future-oriented theater with cutting-edge stage facilities and lighting, sound and video equipment, and its interior was remodeled using the latest materials. In addition, Seoul Institute of the Arts is providing a wide variety of education programs across multiple disciplines, genres and majors, while also better promoting industrial cooperation, in order to bring about innovation in the educational organization and programs and to enhance students’ artistic and creative ability.

At Seoul Institute of the Arts, students discover a multi-faceted educational system based on three components: professional art education at the Ansan Campus, creative, experiential training at Dongnang Center, and the CultureHub in New York. Through this system, the school nurtures professional artists while establishing itself in Korean society as a leader in contemporary art and as an originator of cultural innovation. In an era where the arts are thought of in terms of national power, Seoul Institute of the Arts is promoting the global universality of the artistic spirit and tradition of Korea and leading art into the future through creativity and experimentation.

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