National Theater Company of KOREA

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Coffee and Soporific

24 Sep, 2021~ 03 Oct, 2021

  • Venue

    Etc. (Seoullo7017, Baek Seonghui & Jang Minho Theater) 

  • Genre


  • Show Time

    Weekdays: 13:30 – 21:00 (No performances on Tuesdays)
    Sat & Sun: 10:30 – 21:00
    ※ One audience member to depart every half an hour

  • Tickets


  • Duration


  • Enquiry

  • Language Korean


    Age Restriction Suitable for ages 14 and over

※ As per our preventive measures against Covid-19, all visitors will be required to fill out a mobile questionnaire and have their temperature checked before entering the theater. Please allow extra time for these quarantine procedures.

※ In the event of a confirmed case or a close contact of Covid-19, the production may be suspended or cancelled, and all tickets will be fully refunded without incurring cancellation fees. We will send out further instructions on how to proceed with the cancellation.


- Each session can only be attended by one audience member. Please come to the following departure point, not the theater.

 Departure: Seoullo7017 Information Center near Hoehyeon Station (

Sessions will start on time. Please arrive 10 minutes early to allow time for  reservation confirmation and quarantine measures.


  1. Walk from Seoullo7017 Information Center to Baek Seonghui & Jang Minho Theater (20 minutes).
  2. Arrive at the theater and collect your ticket in the lobby (10 minutes).
  3. Inside the theater, put on a VR headset and watch the performance (20 minutes). 


※ Please bring your own smartphone and earphone to use during the performance.

※ If you are more than 10 minutes late, your reservation will be cancelled and you will not be able to watch the performance. You must arrive at the theater within 30 minutes after the departure time. Latecomers will not be able to watch the VR performance, and tickets cannot be cancelled, refunded or changed.

※ If you are a wheelchair user, please contact our email.

※ Due to the nature of VR, you may feel dizzy during the performance.


The performance involves moving in outdoor space. In the event of rainfall exceeding 5 millimetres per hour based on the weather forecast two hours prior to the start time, the performance will be cancelled. If the performance is cancelled due to weather conditions, your ticket will be fully refunded. However, you will not be able to change your booking to another session. Please check that your mobile phone number registered under ‘My Page’ is correct, so that we can contact you about your booking.


NTCK’s Special New Challenge

A Magical Time Just for You!


In the wake of COVID-19, NTCK envisions a departure from the traditional format of presenting a performance before a group of people with temporal and spatial constraints. Coffee and Soporific invites one audience member at a time to move from one place to another, and enjoy a truly special theatrical experience. With nothing but an audio player and equipment in your hands, you will listen to an audiobook of Yi Sang’s work, and walk down Seoullo, vacillating between reality and virtual reality and enjoying your time on stage and in the audience. As the advent of the untact era has posed a challenge for artists and audiences alike, NTCK embarks upon a new adventure that breaks the mould of everyday life.




Beyond the familiar atmosphere and scenery that you encounter while walking down the concrete path of Seoullo, the peaceful stillness of Seoul Station, which is almost a century old, is disrupted by strange noises ringing in your ears. That odd sense of heterogeneity awakens all senses from head to toe, and leads you leads somewhere between Seoul and Gyeongseong (the old name of Seoul – trans.)


#Baek Seonghui & Jang Minho Theater

The moment you enter the red-roofed Baek Seonghui & Jang Minho Theater, virtual reality based on Yi Sang’s The Wings unfolds before your eyes. Stimulation from coffee and numbness from a handful of hypnotics bedazzle each other, and move back and forth between reality and fantasy, as well as the present and the past.





Organized and directed by Hyun-suk Seo

Hyun-suk Seo explores space and senses through video image, performance and writing. His major works include such site-specific performances and exhibitions as Heterotopia, The Divine Prostitution of the Soul, Stage Fright, Heartlessly Autumn Winds, From the Sea, The Angel Tenuously Named, and Incomplete Ruins, whereby he experiments with the form of questioning the boundaries between ‘the work’ and experience. His works have been presented at the Gwangju Biennale (2011, 2018), La Biennale di Venezia (2014, 2018), and the DMZ International Documentary Film Festival (2019). He is the co-author of Future Art and Horror to the Extreme: Changing Boundaries in Asian Cinema. He publishes the journal Ob.scene, and teaches film at Yonsei University Graduate School of Communication.