National Theater Company of KOREA

Strange Beauty

01 Sep, 2022~ 18 Sep, 2022
Strange Beauty: Artists’ Exploration of Beauty That’s a Little Strange

  • Venue

    The Theater Pan 

  • Genre


  • Show Time

    Weekdays 8:00pm ㅣSat & Sun 3:30pmㅣNo performance on Tuesday * 9.9.Thu, 9.12.Mon 3:30pm

  • Tickets


  • Duration

    approx. 90~100 minutes

  • Enquiry



    Language Korean

    Age Restriction Suitable for ages 20 and over

※ In the event of a confirmed case or a close contact of Covid-19, the production may be suspended or cancelled, and all tickets will be fully refunded without incurring cancellation fees. We will send out further instructions on how to proceed with the cancellation.


- Please arrive at least 30 minutes before the performance starts. You’ll need to set aside about 30 minutes before the start time. 
- The pre-entry process involves obtaining video consent forms from all audience members, ticket collection, individual viewing of the video before entry, and organization of personal belongings and clothes. There will be no returns or exchanges allowed due to delay in the admission process, so please make sure you arrive in plenty of time. 
- Each performance will be filmed, and the recorded video may be projected in the theater space during the performance, or used in the production video. 
- All audience members must sign a photography and video consent and release form, and consent to collection and use of personal information prior to viewing the performance. 
- Latecomers will not be admitted, and re-entry will not be available.
- Before the start of the performance, a video will be provided for individual viewing.
- The video link will be provided at the venue. Please bring earphones and a mobile phone that can connect to the internet.
- You can purchase up to 4 tickets per person. Please pass on the relevant consent forms and other information to everyone in your group. Each audience member must bring a valid ID.
- Please note that water-based paint used during the performance may splatter on your clothes. It is recommended to wear comfortable clothes that are easy to wash.
- As the performance includes improvisations, the running time may vary (approx. 90~100 minutes).

Co-produced by the National Theater Company of Korea and the Théâtre de Liège in Belgium





Strange Beauty: Artists’ Exploration of Beauty That’s a Little Strange

Yo-sup Bae, whose credits include such genre-defying works as Human Fuga and Hamlet Cantabile, poses a question about beauty. In response to his question, various artists—actors, choreographers, sound artists, and visual artists—have embarked upon the journey of Strange Beauty. Artists from different corners of the world, including Korea, Belgium, Democratic Republic of Congo/Belgium, Italy, France/Brazil—have come together to share their own concerns and sensibilities with regards to beauty as embraced in different cultures. Of the 1,700 catechetic questions or koans in Zen Buddhism, they’ve selected a few to train themselves, and continued their quest for beauty by travelling each other. 





Co-produced by the National Theater Company of Korea (NTCK) and the Théâtre de Liège in Belgium, Strange Beauty is slated to premiere at the Spa Royal Festival in Belgium this August, before being presented to audiences in Korea in September. Only 15 performances are scheduled to take place at the Theater PAN! It’s time to open the door to the artists’ quest for 'beauty', which may be a little strange. 






What is beauty? Where does beauty come from? Why does humanity or nature appear to pursue a sense of beauty? Strange Beauty presents various artists’ responses to such unanswerable self-recursive questions. Inspired by the koans in The Gateless Barrier that sought to reach beyond language and silence, the participating artists have approached these central questions through bodily senses. This improvisatory performance destroys the boundary between the conscious and the unconscious, and only follows eternal existence (nunc stans).




Directed by Yo-sup Bae

Yo-sup Bae founded the Tuida Theater Company, and worked on a number of plays for 20 years (2001~2020). In 2010, Bae left Seoul and moved to Hwacheon, Gangwon Province, where he created Arts Farm Tutbat and engaged with the local arts community. In 2021, he started a research group named Mudda that focused on exploring the boundaries between art and science. Just as good life gives rise to good art, he believes that good art can lead to good life. Bae continues to work hard without divulging the secret that uselessness is the essence of art. He likes to wander around the borders of art and play with dancers, musicians and artists, while at the same time seeking the experience of encountering each other through the body.


Major Works
Tree, Fish, Moon, Human Fuga, Bahuchara Mata: Beyond Binary, Hamlet Cantabile, and The Story of Hareuk