ACC Performance is a platform for contemporary performing arts in Asia.
Serving as a platform for the creation and distribution of performing arts projects focusing on Asia, ACC Performance seeks to establish itself as an international hub bridging Korea, Asia, and the rest of the world. It offers original performance programs that usher in the future of performing arts across multiple genres, special performance programs that provide cultural and art experiences for people of all ages, and invitational performance programs that expand cultural opportunities for citizens by featuring the most memorable and noteworthy performances.
The ACC creates new performance programs that defy genres.
Theater 1 at ACC Theater is Korea’s largest variable “black box” theater. The theater is built for new types of performance that transcend the confines of conventional theaters, space and genres. The ACC seeks out content tailored to Theater 1 that fully utilizes its variable structure and stage system, with a view to building its own repertoires.
ACC Original Programs
Asia Culture Center Original Programs
ACC Theater develops and distributes various forms of performance programs based on Asia’s cultural resources. From the children’s theater production, The Giggling Tree in 2015, ACC Theater developed and distributed another children’s theater production The Little Musician in 2016, the English musical Treasure Hunters in 2017, the film voice acting show Free Wedding, and the animation music theater Sugungga in 2018.
Asia Culture Center Co-Produced Programs
Collaborating with curators in Korea and other Asian countries, the ACC discusses cultural and social issues from different cultures and co-produces artistic representations of them. The ACC also pursues co-production projects with art organizations in Gwangju and Jeollanam-do, Korea, to build foundations for local art communities. Because of this, the center plans to expand its programs by making these more public-oriented and educational for young children and the youth.
ACC Brunch Concert
ACC Brunch Concert
As a talk show + concert series, ACC Brunch Concert, wherein each concert begins at 11:00 a.m. on the Day with Culture (the last Wednesday of each month), is created to let people escape from their busy lives with highly “accessible” artistic experiences. Audiences, after the event, can share their thoughts on the concert and revisit the experience over free coffee and snacks.
This is an outdoor screening program that offers a refreshing experience from the hot summer night. The “ACC” and “cinema” are brought together to open up the Big Door of Theater 1, showcasing standalone films and those related to ongoing performing arts programs. This free screening program is open to all families.
ACC Citizens Orchestra Project
This program provides audiences with an opportunity to stand up from their seats and be at the creating end of the experience. The program speaks to those of you who once dreamed of showcasing your talent on the stage or those who aspired to become musicians. Your instruments are sleeping in the closet while you are busy with other parts of your life. However, we know that a part of you longs to stand on the stage. This program invites you to bring out your instruments. Pursue your forgotten dreams once again and live your life filled with newfound energy.
ACC Contemporary Art Festival
As one of the major performing arts festivals at the ACC, the ACC Contemporary Art Festival invites composers across the world to compose songs about Asia to be performed by prestigious artists joining the festival from across the world. This year, the festival features Asian music, stories, and performances from East Asia, South Asia, and West Asia, as well as Cape Town Opera’s production of Porgy and Bess, which celebrates the 100th anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s birth and the 120th anniversary of George Gershwin’s birth.
New Year’s Event Concert
Happy New Year!
The ACC hosts a New Year’s Eve concert that bids farewell to 2018 and welcomes 2019. The concert features a repertoire that is sure to entertain the audience, which includes people’s favorite pieces as well as original works associated with other ACC projects. As the last performance program of 2018, the concert will also provide an insight into the concept, plans, and vision of ACC Theater.
Apart from its original productions, the ACC also invites performers and programs aligned with its vision and goals to provide visitors with easier access to high-quality programs from Korea and other countries.
Concert Hall Rental
A space for a wide range of programs including theater, musicals, concerts, and dance
Performance for Children
An exciting journey of imagination to foster children’s artistic sensibilities and dreams
The ACC produces and supports performing art projects for children, utilizing Asia’s rich storytelling tradition to promote cultural understanding, communication among different cultures, and creative activities by talented artists.
- Theater 1
- Theater 1 is the starting point for ACC Performance’s growth into a production and distribution platform and an international hub for Asian performing arts. The theater is Korea’s largest variable “black box” theater. Moreover, the Big Door of the theater can be opened to connect the indoor space with the space outside the theater. The stage and the audience seats can be freely transformed into an L-shaped stage, a T-shaped stage, a proscenium theater, or a round-shaped arena theater. The space can be also divided into two or three sections to host different events. Seats can be freely placed to accommodate up to 1,120 audiences, and opening the Big Door expands the stage and the audience seats to the outdoor space. Theater 1 is located on B4, ACC Theater.
- Theater 2
- Theater 2 is a proscenium concert hall tailored for various genres, including theatrical productions, dances, and classical music. The theater not only has 512 seats but also has acoustic reflective panels and an orchestra pit. It has also accommodated the performance of William Kentridge’s Return of Ulysses, Gwangju City Ballet’s The Spring Festival G., the Asia Traditional Orchestra Concert, and monthly ACC Brunch Concert programs. Theater 2 is located on B3, ACC Theater.
- Theater 3
- Theater 3 is an auditorium-type space designed for small concerts, seminars, lectures, and recitals. With 248 seats, the space is used for piano solo recitals, dance concerts, talk concerts, and other events that do not require stage production. Theater 3 is located on B3, ACC Archive & Research.
- PlayHouse is a children’s theater with 100 seats surrounding a semicircle stage. The stair-shaped seats are perfectly designed for parents and children to sit and enjoy the productions. The stage and the audience seats also form a single space. Productions performed at the theater include ACC’s original children’s productions, including The Giggling Tree, The Little Musician, and Kung Zzak 1920. It can also be used for small concerts for the whole family. PlayHouse is located on B2, ACC Children.