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4th Season of Performing Arts showcase OPEN STAGE 2015-2016 begins,

hosted by the Korean Cultural Service New York



2015-2016 season announces special partnership with La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club and Flushing Town Hall; season will kick off December 11th with Dongrak Performing Arts Group


Click here to download "2015-2016 Season Overview"


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Performance Date & Time Venue Genre Artists Title
Friday, Dec. 11, 2015 at 8 pm Flushing Town Hall Korean Traditional Folk Music & Theater Dongrak Performing Arts Group Kkun's - Master Players
Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016 at 7 pm Korean Cultural Service New York Jazz Chulsoo Kim & ridMos Follow the Shadow
Thursday, Mar. 24, 2016 at 7 pm Korean Cultural Service New York Korean Traditional Fusion Music Joo Hee Yoon’s Microcosmic Ensemble The Wind From Korea
Friday, Apr. 8, 2016 at 8 pm Flushing Town Hall Korean Traditional Music Jeong Ga Ak Hoe JGAH concert – AkDanGwangChil
Friday, Apr. 29, 2016 at 7:30 pm La MaMa Experimental Theatre Contemporary Dance Suk Soon Jung Project S For Whom
Friday, Jun. 17, 2016 at 8 pm Flushing Town Hall Theater Playfactory Mabangzen Hong-do CANCELLED
Friday, Sept. 2, 2016 at 7:30 pm Korean Cultural Service New York Korean Contemporary Music Jeeyoung Kim Self Portrait. Music, Culture, and Literature


Highlights include:

  • 7 New York Premieres by the Dongrak Performing Arts Group, Joo Hee Yoon’s Microcosmic Ensemble, Jeong Ga Ak Hoe, Suk Soon Jung Project S, and Playfactory Mabangzen
  • Korean Traditional music groups from Korea (Dongrak Performing Arts Group, Joo Hee Yoon’s Microcosmic Ensemble, and Jeong Ga Ak Hoe) to perform traditional regional folk music to new fusion pieces and modern reinterpretations


The Korean Cultural Service New York proudly presents the 4th season of the OPEN STAGE performing arts series starting this December with a rich program of various genres of performing arts including Korean traditional music and dance, modern fusion world music, jazz, as well as contemporary dance and theater. Through a rigorous selection process, 7 groups have been chosen to take part in this season that runs from December of 2015 to September of 2016. The first performance of the season will be Friday, December 11th with the Dongrak Performing Arts Group presenting at the Flushing Town Hall in Queens, New York.

This year, Open Stage is expanding in both program and reach. First introduced in 2012, Open Stage has been playing a crucial role in presenting opportunities for rising performers to display their talents to a wide New York audience. This year, the selected performers not only include newcomers on the performing arts scene, but also established groups who have come directly from Korea.

The unique showcase consists of each performing arts group putting on one performance at the Korean Cultural Service New York (460 Park Ave. in NYC), Flushing Town Hall (137-35 Northern Blvd. in Flushing), or First Floor Theatre of La MaMa (74A East 4th St. in NYC) held approximately once per month. The performing arts groups are (in order of performance date): Dongrak Performing Arts Group (Korean Traditional Music & Theater), Chulsoo Kim & ridMos (Jazz), Joo Hee Yoon’s Microcosmic Ensemble (Korean Traditional Fusion Music), Jeong Ga Ak Hoe (Korean Traditional Music), Suk Soon Jung Project S (Contemporary Dance), Playfactory Mabangzen (Theater), and Jeeyoung Kim (Korean Contemporary Music).

A special partnership with La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club and an extension of our ongoing partnership with Flushing Town Hall, which began last 2014-2015 season, is in response to the growing demands of our audience in New York and its boroughs. This new collaboration with La MaMa and the ongoing alliance with Flushing Town Hall is in line with the Korean Cultural Service New York’s mission to provide genre-expanding works that introduce aspects of Korean culture to an ever-growing New York audience. KCSNY continues this expansion by providing a wide range of artistic programming and accessible works to New York City and its boroughs.

“The Open Stage performances began with a vision of providing a platform for emerging Korean and Korean-American performing arts groups to showcase their works in New York, and it’s been exciting to see not only the growth of the programming, but also the ways that this opens doors for the continued development of these gifted artists” says Seung Je Oh, Director of the Korean Cultural Service New York. “We’re especially excited to invite such top artists from Korea to perform here this season. We’re very impressed with the sheer talent that these seven groups consistently demonstrate and looking forward to presenting them in our community.”

Open Stage 2015-2016 is presented in partnership with Flushing Town Hall and La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club.


Click here to download "2015-2016 Season Overview"