Seoul has its fair share of non-verbal performances, and I’ve been to quite a few of them. As the genre name implies, these shows have little to no dialogue and instead are based on music, dance, acrobatics, or some other type of performance art. I’ve been impressed with most of them, but despite their different story lines, many of their performance elements are very similar. Last night, though, I attended one that was distinctively unique and innovative: Action- Drawing Hero, a performance of live art creation.
Before the show started, a video was played (this one to be exact) that consisted of interviews with the actors and various clippings of the show’s tours in major cities across the world, from Hong Kong to Hollywood. Seeing that the performance has only been around for about two years, I considered this to say a lot about the show.
Action Drawing began with the introduction of the actors (artists), who entered the stage wearing paint-splattered vests, pants, and Charlie Chaplin hats. After a bit of slapstick to warm up the audience, the guys immediately went into their first act. A solo actor scratched away at a back-lit board to eventually create a portrait of Che Guevara, one of the first “heroes” highlighted in the performance.
A group segment was next in which each artist painted a single square canvas, which, when assembled together resulted in a cool painting of Michael Jackson. There was quite a bit of moon walking and crotch grabbing to keep the audience’s energy up during this, which was pretty comical. Glue was used in the next segment, though the audience was unaware of what the end result would be until the last second when sand was added to reveal Bruce Lee’s face.