Fusion-Style Show Promotes Korea's Favorite Dish

A show that mixes elements from diverse artistic genres such as B-boy dancing and beatboxing along with other musical elements has been drawing people's attention in Incheon.

The show, called "Bibap," takes its name from bibimbap, a staple dish made using rice mixed with assorted vegetables, meat, chili pepper paste and often an egg on top.

The show was created in 2008 as part of a project to raise awareness of Korean cuisine around the world. When it was performed in 2010 at the Edinburgh Festival, the world's largest arts festival in the U.K., tickets sold out as it captivated audiences with its unique and versatile appeal.

As the show is non-verbal, it was able to overcome language barriers and appeal to all generations, "Bibap" organizers claim.

It focuses on a beatboxing performance by two actors but also includes electronic dance music and other musical elements. During the course of the show two chefs, one in red and the other in green, vie to prove they are the best cook.

As people are randomly plucked from the crowd to serve as judges, front row seats are recommended.

The performers are also happy to take photos with audiences after the show.

Tickets cost between W30,000 and W50,000 (US$1=W1,076) but discounts of almost 50 percent are available for the city’s residents and university students from Gyeonggi Province.

englishnews@chosun.com / Mar. 27, 2014 11:15 KST