Yang Jung-ung first fell in love with the theatre when he was five and he went to see a play with his mother. 'I was so impressed that I can still remember a few scenes. I think I got to play with some actors after the show, and it had a massive influence on me. 'Theatre is a reflection of life. If we don't experience things, then we don't feel life. I always request that the actors try to get enthusiastic about their roles, experience the emotions and feelings. If actors can do that, then they can feel absolutely free,' he said. Yang co-founded the Yohangza Theatre Company with a few other young actors in 1997. Its aim was to find a new kind of theatre based on experimentation in South Korea - and focused on physical expression rather than on text. Yohangza means 'voyager' in Korean, and stands for the actors who aspire to travel to all corners of the globe. These days, after long and continuous training spent on learning traditional elements of music and dance, the actors are able to mix traditional and contemporary aspects in their productions. 'In 1997, I was trying to find my own theatrical world by experimenting with physicality, image and space,' said Yang. He initially wrote and directed Daughters of the Ground, Romeo and Juliet and Chairs, before receiving local and then international recognition when he won a first-place award at the Cairo International Festival for Experimental Theatre in 2003 for Yohangza's production Karma. Yang also won South Korea's Best Young Playwright of the Year Award in 2003.