[Jeongdong Press Interview: Jin Hong Jeon]
<Lotus, A Flower Comes Out Once More>
Interview with Jin Hong Jeon who plays role of ‘Dodam’
‘Seoryeon’, the best dancer of the court. ‘Dodam’, the best worrier of the court.
The love between them could be safe in Joseon era?
Dodam fell in love with Seoryeon who gained the favorite of the king.
He looks Seoryeon with pathetic express on his face because of the wall between the two.
Then, how he could keep his love in front of the greedy king?
I met Jin Hong Jeon who plays ‘Dodam’, the protagonist of <Lotus, A Flower Comes Out Once More>
Who describes sometimes the strong emotion as a worrier
and sometimes pathetic emotion as a man who falls in love.
I met Jin Hong Jeon who just finished 4 pm performance so he could not remove the makeup on his face.
It was very impressed that I could see the overlapped two faces : Dodam and the actor Jin Hong Jeon.
Q. I would like to know why you decided to join this performance.
My life as a dancer was started by Chunghan Kim who is the director/ choreographer of this performance.
By chance, I saw a dancer in dance competition and it was really impressive.
And later, I figured out that he was a student of Director Chunghan Kim.
I started ‘dance’ having respect for him naturally.
Therefore, I applied to a audition of <Chunhyang> which is one of the director Kim’s work in Jeongdong Theater
and I played the protagonist of the performance.
As the same reason, I would like to join this performance as director Kim’s work
and finally I play the role of Dodam after passing the audition.
Q. How did you feel when you meet Director Kim at the first time?
At the first time, it was very difficult to close to him because of his Charisma.
However, as I work with him more and more, he gave me a lot of suggestion time to time.
Therefore I could easily depend on him.
I always have a lot of thing to learn from him.
Q. The character of Dodam is focused on ‘the love toward Seoryoen’.
Therefore do you have any principal aim to describe Dodam?
Dodam is the best worrier in the court. Therefore I would like to describe the powerful figure.
Because I thought that the love of the strong man could be emphasized deeply and sorrowfully.
Therefore I aim at showing the strong figure as a worrier and it is well shown in the scene of the battle.
I strongly describe the motion of the worrier putting power on body when I take the sword.
Those kinds of scene well show ‘Worrier Dodam’.
And also, there are many choreograph where I need to life the female protagonist in the scenes with Seoryeon.
I think that those kinds of scenes show well the male attraction.
I personally would like to make my character stand out as an actor.
However, for the whole performance, it is important to make balance with others.
▲ Scene of Dodam in training with his colleagues_”Lotus, A Flower Comes Out Once More”
Q.Who do you think Dodam is?
Dodam is a worrier who get favorite of the King like Seoryeon.
He is the closest person of the king like king’s family.
Therefore the King gets angry of the love between the two people who are the favorites of the king.
Dodam is devoted to the King but also he is very pure to fall in love.
The figure of pure is the order of Director Kim.
“Strong man outwardly but romanticist internally.”
The figure of a Romanticist looks like ‘Mongryong’ in Chunghyang.
▲ Dodam’s Deaguem play _”Lotus, A Flower Comes Out Once More”
Q. If there are similar things between Dodam and Mongryong, is it easy to describe Dodam?
My answer is No.
Only for the love, they are similar. However Dodam is a worrier so I need to describe totally differently.
Director Kim ordered me to have ‘step of warrior’.
However, It was very difficult to remove the Mongryong’s character by my self.
I even don’t know if I describe the step of warrior having the pure mind toward the love at the same time.
Q. Which scene is the most difficult for you?
The duet scene with Seoryeon is most difficult for me.
This is the scene where I need to show the deep love and the relation
but it is not easy to express the emotion in the calm music.
If I have mistake, it is shown well in the quiet music.
Therefore we need to have completely well matched motion
and also we need to show ‘a beautiful love’ at the same time.
It is the reason why the scene is the most difficult.
▲ Duet Dance with Seoryeon_’Lotus, A Flower Comes Out Once More’
Q. What is the emotion that you would like to deliver to the audience?
And How do would you like to be memorized in the performance?
Everyone has the memory of love.
Therefore I would like to make this performance where the audience could remember their love.
Many elder audiences have told me like :
“I used to have a love like Dodam and Seoryeon….”
Therefore this performance is beautiful.
I want the audience can be moved by the beauty.
Also, I would like to show a performance where the public could think that ‘The beauty of the Korean traditional dance is a genre which can deliver the impression.’
And I would like to be remembered as a romanticist who devoted to his love.
I want to be remembered by the dance of ‘Dodam’.
As a Korean traditional dance major, Jin Hong Jeon has a big proud on Korean dance.
It was meeting that I could remind his dance from his talk about the beauty of the Korean dance.
I look forward Dodam of Jin Hong Jeon in the future of the performance!