Art and Performance

Blockages and Breakthroughs: Cultural Diplomacy and North Korea

By | February 23, 2012

Yesterday, Corée_Actualités launched a short missive which functioned as a kind of bouleversement of the normal: a 90-member delegation of the DPRK’s Unhasu Orchestra (consisting of 70 players) will be performing at the Salle Pleyel in Paris this coming March 21.  The French Radio Symphony Orchestra (l’Orchestre de Radio France) will be playing alongside Unhasu, under the direction of […]

The Pibada (Sea of Blood) Opera Troupe Goes to China

By | February 20, 2012

Few countries in the world take the performing arts as seriously as the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.  But what role do these arts play in North Korea’s diplomacy, particularly in exchanges with China, its main foreign patron?  To what extent does a model work of art in North Korea, even supposedly focused on creating […]