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Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism. Asia Culture Center

[Theater] Fine Dining

Work Chronicles of a Father as a Western Chef in the ’90s
What are we running toward?

[Theater] Fine Dining
  • DateJun. 28–29, 2024 (FRI–SAT)
  • TimeFRI 19:30 / SAT 14:00, 18:00
  • PlaceTheater 1
  • Age LimitAges 7 or older
  • Seating200 seats
  • Price All seats KRW 20,000
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  • ContactWeb Page / Call Center / Ticket Booth


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Production of ACC Repertoire
Fine Dining

What memories are set on your table?

The Asia Culture Center (ACC) presents two performances on the theme of “table and memory.”
In 2023, based on works with two directors, Kim Mi-ran (theater) and Yoo Sun-hoo (dance), selected through the directors’ competition,
the ACC completed this dance theater after more than a year of development.
On the table, an everyday object and place where we spend our daily lives,
personal and special narratives stemming from the director’s experiences, memories, and senses unfold.

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It’s my father’s fancy days. Father’s golden age.

“Fine Dining” presents the story of the Director’s father, who once served as a head chef at an old-fashioned Western restaurant. The Director’s father, who moved to Seoul following the trend of urbanization, became the head chef of a fancy Western restaurant with hard work. However, industrialization and economic crises that arrived at the dining table shrank his kitchen and position. Despite his attempts to uphold his identity as a chef by making pork cutlets with his own recipe, he struggled to retain his individuality amid the urban environment. Over time, his work became increasingly standardized, losing its distinctiveness.

Why do I stay in the same place despite living so hard? What am I running toward?

As the father’s efforts intensify, the daughter and wife, who have been observing his trace of labor closely, feel increasingly alienated by the nature and significance of work. Who determines the tasks I undertake? Can the work I engage in be appraised? When selecting the type of work I desire, what responsibilities must I shoulder? What drives me to work? One evening, the family gathers around the dining table and engages in candid discussions about their lives, work, and aspirations. The table is set with seaweed soup prepared for the mom who recently gave birth, roasted chicken for the father, and pizza and spaghetti ordered for the mother who loves eating out.


The once cozy restaurant, adorned with glittering chandeliers and the warm glow of a fireplace, is now filled with loneliness and emptiness. The lights are on again, and Mi-ran, Yeong-hak’s daughter, and Yeong-hak’s friend Kyung-don (abbreviation for old-fashioned port cutlet in Korean) welcome the guests. Kyung-don, an object that was at the father’s workplace, and Mi-ran, who has been watching her father’s back as he struggles with work… They share their views on the father’s life as a Western chef in this space brimming with the memories of days when the smell of pork cutlets and brown sauce filled the air.

Fine Dining Story Course
FRI 19:30–21:00
SAT 14:00–15:30 / 18:00–19:30
Appetizer Nibelungen
Nibelungen. A chronicle of the father’s toil, watched over by the old-fashioned pork cutlet. The Western chef as a master craftsman and a laborer.
Salad Sea woman
Sea woman. The circumstances of the mother who feels alienated in meat processing and cooking.
Entrée Working race
Working race. The working race of three family members: Yeong-hak, Gyeong-yeon, and Mi-ran.
Chef’s Special Desire
Desire. Our desires at that time brought out on the dining table.
Dessert Memory
Memory. Memories of a worker brought back and recorded through food.
To-Go Together
Together. And, together with you, sitting across from each other at the table…
₩20,000┃a person
Ticket Event
#1 Presale Ticket Event
Prizes will be given to buyers of presale tickets during the designated period.
Presale: May 10 (FRI) – May 31 (FRI), 2024
Collection method: At the venue on the day of the performance after checking your reservation details
#2 ACC Table Series Event
Prizes will be given to those who watched both “Fine Dining” and “Whispers at the Table.”
Collection method: Confirmation of tickets at the “Fine Dining” performance venue
Event Prize * ACC Table Series poster magnet
Crew and Cast
  • Planned/Produced byNational Asian Culture Center
  • Writer and Director Kim Mi-ran
  • DramaturgKim Ji-hye
  • Assistant Director Kim Na-rae
  • Company ManagerLee Hyung-dong
  • MusicLee Seung-ho
  • StageLee Eun-seok
  • LightingSeo Ga-young
  • VideoShin Min-seung
  • Movement GuideDo Jae-hyung
  • CostumeKang Ki-jung
  • ProducerJung Hana
Writer and Director Kim Mi-ran
Having studied acting at the Seoul Institute of the Arts, Kim Mi-ran appeared on various theater stages. As she began to question the things that are taken for granted in the world, she expanded her area from actress to writer/director to explore the norms through her creative endeavors and convey them anew in performance pieces. She has been creating performances that capture specific and individual experiences and memories found deep within the universal objects or events around us, such as myself, my family, and the labor of city dwellers.
  • Theatrical Works“Fine Dining,” “Chakkuk, ChakkukChakkuk #1. About Things Lost,” “#Meow,” “The Road to the Shared Bunker,” “Chakkuk, ChakkukChakkuk #2. About Things Abandoned,” “Dumplings and Insoles,” “What’s Nice and What’s Right”
  • Mixed Genre “Friendly Farewell Party,” “Shutter Timing,” “Me and the War Story,” “The Color of the Wind,” “Monologue Conversation_Theater in the Square”
FatherSung Noh-jin
  • 2020 56th Dong-A Theater Awards, Best Actor Award
  • 2012 9th White Towel Award
  • Theatrical Works“My Heart Dances When I Look at the Rainbow in the Vast Sky,” “Tilpuri,” “The First Electorate,” “Grave Relocation,” “The Humidity of Conversation,” “Summer is Hot, Winter is Long,” etc.
  • Drama “The Black Sun,” “Move to Heaven,” “Mind Readers of Evil,” etc.
  • Film“Chow,” “Kart,” “Tone of Bully,” “Silver Apricot,” etc.
Mi-ranHa Ji-eun
  • 2023 59th Dong-A Theater Awards, Best Actress Award
  • Theatrical Works“Universe Quantum Mind,” “Cherry Blossom Hill,” “Rider,” “Math Body,” “Winkie,” “Welkin,” “Red Fallen Leaves,” “Mukjeokjisoo,” “Whale Lives,” “I’ll Decline the Flowers,” etc.
Mother Baek Eun-kyung
  • 2024 2nd Yeonbok Acting Award, Best Actress Award
  • 2020 Second Malmoi Theater Festival, Best Actress Award
  • Theatrical Works“The First Birthday,” “The Story of an Old Couple,” “My Sister Bong-soon,” “Train,” “Macbeth, The Show,” “Jeopsikkot-gil 85,” “Self-Designation,” The End of the Rainbow,” “Artistic Art,” “BE,” etc.
Kyung-don Lee Seung-hyun
  • Theatrical Works“Jojo and Yangsoo,” “Low Winds,” “I Don’t Know If You Can Believe It,” “Jeopsikkot-gil 85,” “A Story of Daily Madness,” “Pansori Hamlet Project,” etc.
  • Film“Mr. Boss”
Ahn Kyung-hee
  • Professor of Theater and Acting, Kukdong University
  • Theatrical Works“Boycheck,” “Samgungnyusa Project-Dream,” “The Temptation of Bird Feathers,” “Friendly Farewell Party,” “The Road to the Shared Bunker,” “Elegy for Marginalized Artists 2022,” etc.
  • Film“Grandfather”
  • Musical“Tell Hell I Ain’t Coming”
Lee In-seok
  • Theatrical Works“Unskilled Miner, Dong-gu,” “Rhinoceros,” “Welcome,” “It’s All About Timing,” “Chakkuk, ChakkukChakkuk,” “Henequen,” etc.
  • Film“Memories of a Red Rose”
Jang Young-chul
  • Theatrical Works“Friendly Farewell Party,” “The Road to the Shared Bunker,” “Eunsoo’s World,” “The Big Meal,” “Mars is not far from Suwon,” “The Tragedy of the Revenger,” etc.
Place Info.

ACC Theater, Theater 1

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