After War / 전쟁 후에


27. January 2022



Asia Culture Center
38 Munhwajeondang-ro
Dong-gu, Kwangju
South Korea

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Even a Tiger Fears the Unknown.

The imagination is the strongest power of survival and

the strongest weapon of power a man can use, to make a fantasy become real.


“After War” is a performance about chaos, grief, and the continual echoes of war that are repeated through generations. Europe and Asia meet at multicultural crossroads. The common absurdity of life which connects us, is expressed through theatre and dance with a touching sound universe, inspired by music from the 1960’s, the Vietnam war and the Gwangju uprising in 1980.


Who knows how we remember things?

“After War” could be someone’s memory or a distorted fantasy. It could be a nightmare or just a dream, when we are allowed to meet the sorrow that follows a war.

There is a time when all we are left with is our memories, even for the generation who grew up with the stories they were told.

Some of our memories become the stories we tell ourselves. Maybe the stories are made up, to protect ourselves or someone we love. We may even believe that the stories we tell ourselves are the truth.

We ask: Who threw the first stone? Who is to blame? How can justice be brought to the wounded that are left behind, the ones who were fighting, the ones for whom they were fighting? 




Photos: Keun Ou Choi

The production 


With the support of Asia Culture Center (ACC) in Gwangju, South Korea, KAPAP South Korea, and Nordisk Teaterlaboratorium – Odin Teatret (NTL-OT) Denmark, a new journey takes its beginning in 2021. This co-production is a continuation of a three-year collaboration built on mutual understanding and a shared mission. How is it possible for two continents to share, understand, and heal the wounds of human beings trapped in war? Both sides have memories of a past filled with cruelty and victories.

 The “After War” co-production consists of a new constellation of artists at Nordisk Teaterlaboratorium (NTL), the performance group MOA - young artists who only know the history of war through images, footage, and writings, with a common aim to create an artistic bridge between the past and the present.


Production Background

The “After War” co-production is based on the workshop performance “Gwangju Banquet” (2019) and the showcase performance “Sorrow and Seeds” (2020) performed at Nordisk Teaterlaboratorium – Odin Teatret, Denmark. Both performances were initiated by Per Kap Bech Jensen, Director of NTL-OT and Dr. Dongil Lee. It is a collaboration between Asia Cultural Centre in Gwangju (ACC), Nordisk Teaterlaboratorium (NTL), and Eurasian Theatre Institute (ETI) led by Dr. Dongil Lee in South Korea.

The creative team behind the original collaboration was made up by Kai Bredholt, Odin Teatret actor and director of the showcase performance “Sorrow and Seeds”, with Dr. Dongil Lee, founder of Eurasian Theatre Institute (Korea) as Co-Director and Søs Banke (NTL) as dramaturg of the showcase performance.


About Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism Asia Culture Center

The Asia Culture Center (ACC) is an international art and cultural exchange organization that produces new, future-oriented results through the convergence of Asia’s past and present arts and culture with innovative ideas and beliefs. Having the context of artistically sublimating the significance of the May 18th Democratic Movement’s human rights and peace as its point of departure, the ACC, which opened in November 2015, is a Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism–an affiliated institution established for the advancement of mutual understanding and cooperative growth with different Asian countries through the exchange, education, research, and other efforts with regards to Asian culture.


The "After War" Team

Performers: Abraham Rademacher, Choi Donghyuk, Edward Trouiller, Karoline Leonora SeidelinBanke, Choi Keunou, Juraj Benko, Petra Felicia Seidelin Banke, Signild Elisabeth Thygesen, Choi Sori, Shin Sunghawn, Lee Younglan


Director: Elsebeth Marie Rahbek Banke

Co-Director: Lee Dongil

Assistant Director/Choreographer: Emilie Lund

Korean Music Instructor and Composer: Choi Sori

Video Art artist and Instructor: Shin Sunghawn

Photographer and Media Archiving Responsible: Choi Keunou

Manuscript: Lee Dongil, Elsebeth Marie Rahbek Banke

Music Arrangement, Lyrics, and Composition: MOA performing group,

Karoline Leonora Seidelin Banke, Petra Felicia Seidelin Banke, Abraham Rademacher,

Edward Trouiller

Music Advisor: Elena Floris

Artistic Advisor, Training: Iben Nagel Rasmussen

Artistic Advisor, Training: Roberta Carreri

Artistic Advisor, Training: Tage Larsen

Artistic Advisor, Theatre Director of NTL-OT: Per Kap Bech Jensen

Technician and Light: Fausto Pro

Technician, Sound and Light: Paul Hales

Costume Designer: Marco Antonio López

Costume Assistant: Tatiana Knudsen

Production Assistant: Baran Demir

Production Assistant: Michel Charpentier

Archive and Reporting: Simone Dragone

Chief Producer: Nathalie Jabalé

Administrator: Barbara Manighetti

KAPAP Chairman:  Kim Yongjae

KAPAP Executive Producer: Um Dongyoul

Acting President of ACC:  Lee Yongshin

ACC Content Promotion Division Director:  Na Seokyung

ACC Content Promotion Division Deputy director:  Seo Seonggi, Park Juri

ACC Content Promotion Division Assistant director:  Lee Munshin


Host: Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism Asia Culture Center

Organised by: Korea Association of Performing Arts Producers & Nordisk Teaterlaboratorium - Odin Teatret