PAMS Choice provides a selection of outstanding works chosen through a yearly competition, in order to help the Korean performing arts reach a global audience. The PAMS Choice selections enjoy official showcase presentations throughout PAMS 2011 and are the subject of intensive promotional efforts at various international performing arts markets, with support provided for airfare and transportation when pieces are invited for performance overseas (in conjunction with the Korea Foundation), for the translation of captions (with the cooperation of the Korea Literature Translation Institute), and for education and consultation toward developing strategies to reach audiences overseas.
A total of 104 works were selected for PAMS Choice performances betweenfrom 2005 to 2010. These performances have also been active abroad, with over 400 performances staged in around 60 countries all around the world through strategic overseas expansion support. For 2011, a total of thirteen works have been selected in the genres of theatre, dance, musical performance, and multidisciplinary work. Partial and full showcases will be taking place over the PAMS event period at locations such as the National Theater of Korea and the new home of the National Theater Company of Korea.
House Number 1-28, Cha-sook's, Theatre Group NOLDDANG
Architecture comes to the stage. Instead of focusing on the people living in the house, this work turns its attention to the building process and the problems and solutions that arise. The familiar concept of the house is seen from a new perspective through the immediacy of the building process and the rhythm of labor. Winner of the Theater Award at the 2010 Daesan Literary Awards, this performance took the Best Production prize at the Dong-A Theater Awards.

Oct. 14(Fri) | 16:00-16:20 | Baik-Chang Theater, NTCK
You Cannot Say I Did It, Performance Group TUIDA
Shakespearean tragedy reinterpreted as a traditional farce. Rather than taking the perspective of a tragic hero, this work adopts the viewpoint of the public suffering under the tyranny of the despot Macbeth. With a main motif of scenes from the original, including the witches' prophecy, the slaying of the king, the ghostly visit, and Macbeth's death, the piece develops a supporting theme as sequences are interposed showing Korea's past dictatorship. In adopting a farcical perspective, it pierces through to a reality obscured or erased by the Macbeth legend.

Oct. 11(Tue) | 17:30 - 17:50 | Studio BYEOL, NTOK
The Inspector, DONG theatre company
Based on Gogol's The Inspector General, this work features sequences drawing upon the five-event format of Korea's traditional Namsadang performance, imbuing an independent quality into the different scenes to emphasize theatricality and immediacy rather than narrative flow. The result is "theatrical theater" generated from the combination of live original gugak(Korean traditional music) with a unique stage design. Selected as one of the top three performances of 2010 by the International Association of Theatre Critics Korea and one of the top seven theater performances of the year by The Korean Theatre Review.

Oct. 12(Wed), 13(Thu) | 20:00 - 21:50 | The Main Hall of Arko Arts Theater
Killbeth, PlayFactory Mabangzen
By transposing the action of Macbeth into a distinctively Korean future setting, this work conveys the energy of Shakespeare's original along with uniquely Korean sentiments and dynamic action. Humor and slapstick are mixed in throughout the piece, offsetting the weighty feel of the subject matter, but the sense of serious tragedy is preserved intact. Awarded the Best Work and Best Production prizes at the 2010 Dong-A Theater Awards, this piece has been invited for performance in China, Turkey, Belarus, and other countries.

Oct. 11(Tue) | 20:00 - 21:40 | The Small Hall of Daehangno Arts Theater
No Comment, Laboratory Dance Project
This work expresses the suffering of modern individuals through the dynamic and energetic movements of male dancers. Beginning with minimalist elements and simple movements before unfolding into a complex structure, No Comment is a performance that appeals to the essence of life within the viewer. This representative work by the Laboratory Dance Project has been highly sought after by major festivals in Korea and overseas since its 2002 premiere. An invitational performance is scheduled for the Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival in the United States in 2011.

Oct. 13(Thu) | 16:30 - 17:00 | Small Hall DAL, NTOK
Argument, Choe Contemporary Dance Company
In Argument, five artists including choreographer Sang-cheul CHOE create and develop images originating from the theme of "argument." The performance engages in a fundamental examination of methods for communication toward overcoming the anxieties of modern society, focusing on the theme of faulty communication and the misunderstandings and translation errors that result. Winner of awards for best choreography and best music at the 2010 Dance Arts Award, this piece was invited for performance at the 2011 ChangMu International Dance Festival in Korea.

Oct. 13(Thu) | 16:00 - 16:30 | Small Hall DAL, NTOK
Musical Chairs, PDPC
In this work, the space of the "chair" is interpreted as the goal of humans living in modern society -- their reason for being. With simple yet complex and subtle groupings, Musical Chairs uses the human body to show how structures emerge when individual energies form into groups, and how energy is destroyed and vanishes when rules are broken. Choreographer Young-jun AN drew attention with his selection as a "HanPAC Rising Star" by the Hanguk Performing Arts Center in 2011.

Oct. 13(Thu) | 17:00 - 17:30 | Small Hall DAL, NTOK
Dancing Grandmothers, Eun-Me Ahn Company
In Dancing Grandmothers, the Eun-Me Ahn Company captures the dance movements of elderly Korean women as recorded by the group during a bicycle trip around the country. As they recall the times and places of the past, the women's bodies and movements brim with the intense vigor of life through the 20th century, which the Eun-Me Ahn Company transforms with its characteristic enthusiasm and energy. The company is scheduled to give an invited performance at the 2011 Edinburgh International Festival.

Oct. 11(Tue) | 16:30 - 17:00 | Small Hall DAL, NTOK
Rhythmic Space: A Pause for Breath, 숨[su:m]
Rhythmic Space: A Pause for Breath captures the sense of "breathing music" as time passes within a space (which may be the universe in a broad sense, and the stage where the performance is taking place in a narrow one), people breathe in and out, and sounds and movements emerge as a result. Winner of the 2009 21c Korean Music Project Experimental Spirit Award sponsored by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.

Oct. 12(Wed) | 17:30 - 18:00 | Studio BYEOL, NTOK
Space Bamboo, GongMyoung
Painting the picture of a day in a bamboo forest through music performed on original instruments made from bamboo (including the "BamDrum" and "String Bamboo"), Space Bamboo sees the sounds created in the hollowness of bamboo eliciting the freedom and emotions of a journey. GongMyoung has been invited to a number of overseas festivals and music markets, including CINARS in Canada and the Malasimbo Festival in the Philippines.

Oct. 12(Wed) | 16:30 - 17:00 | Small Hall DAL, NTOK
Jeong Ga Ak Hoe Meets World Literature, Jeong Ga Ak Hoe
Every country has its own literature, in which universal themes and stories are contained. Taking inspiration from this, Jeong Ga Ak Hoe has shaped a performance with a selection of works of music and literature. Through native-tongue recitation of foreign literature bearing similarities to the message of the music, the performance creates powerful emotions through the foreignness of the language and music. Winner of a 2010 commendation by the Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism and a 2009 KBS Gugak Award.

Oct. 12(Wed), 13(Thu) | 20:00-21:00 | Seoul Namsan Gugakdang
Chaosmos, The Near East Quartet (N.E.Q.)
The Near East Quartet, led by jazz saxophonist and composer Sung-jae SON and featuring percussionist Dong-won KIM, guitarist Su-wuk CHUNG, and bassist Soon-yong LEE, offers a new style of music that is more than just a fusion of jazz and gugak(Korean traditional music). While preserving the essence of traditional music, NEQ deconstructs its rhythms, forms, and melodies, reshaping them into something new. This quartet has drawn particular attention from the music industry in Europe and the United States.

Oct. 12(Wed) | 16:00-16:30 | Small Hall DAL, NTOK
Fire Cliff, Minouk LIM
Fire Cliff is a site-specific performance project that uses sounds and a thermal camera to shed new light on specific memories and guide them into a physical experience. The artist conducts a detailed exploration of the social environment, posing questions to the viewers and leading them into a reinterpretation. Fire Cliff premiered in 2010 at a Madrid modern art gallery converted from an old cigarette factory. In 2011, it was performed at a National Theater Company of Korea site in Seoul formerly occupied by the Defense Security Command transportation unit depot.

Oct. 11(Tue) | 16:00 - 16:20 | Small Hall DAL, NTOK