[The Palace: Tale of Jang Noksu] A Preview of the Traditional Dances Showcased in the Performance!

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2018 Jeongdong Theater Tradition Series Performance
<The Palace: Tale of Jang Noksu>

The finest arts of Jang Noksu which swayed the heart of the King of Joseon, Yeonsan!

Follow the footprints of Jang Noksu, the woman born as a slave, becomes a gisaeng, and rises to the status of a royal concubine.

From the culture of the ordinary subjects to the gisaeng culture and the culture of the royal palace, all of this unfolds in <The Palace: Tale of Jang Noksu>

Shall we take a look at the dances performed by Jang Noksu in the performance?

The woman who swayed the heart of the King. What kind of dance did Jang Noksu perform?

 

1. The Wild, Freestyle Dance of Jang Noksu on the Streets

2018 Jeongdong Theater Tradition Series Performance ‘The Palace: Tale of Jang Noksu’ Jang Noksu’s wild, freestyle dance_Jo Haneul

Jang Noksu, the woman who is unable to resist her excitement.

The impoverished Jang Noksu is caught stealing food in the market and is chased after by the keeper of a brothel.

Just then, the Great Full Moon festival (a Korean holiday that celebrates the first full moon of the new year) reaches its climax.

Jang Noksu, unable to resist her excitement, succumbs to it and performs a wild, freestyle dance on the spot, showcasing her innate talent.

At this moment, Noksu coincidentally catches the eye of Prince Je-an, who was out to enjoy the entertainment and the arts.

This marks the beginning of her journey as a gisaeng.

2. The Janggo Dance at the Gisaeng House

2018 Jeongdong Theater Tradition Series Performance ‘The Palace: Tale of Jang Noksu’ The scene of the janggo dance at the gisaeng house

The janggo dance performed at the gisaeng house is performed with the rope of  the janggo drum (a type of traditional Korean drum), tied over the shoulder.

The distinctive feature of this dance is dancing to the rhythm of the janggo drum.

Jang Noksu’s excellent sense of rhythm and her innate skills as an entertainer is revealed through the setup of the janggo dance.

Together with the rhythm of the janggo drum, the gisaengs perform the ‘knife dance’ (a dance that is perfectly in sync)!

Fall under the spell of the janggo dance at <The Palace: Tale of Jang Noksu>!

3. The Gyobang Dance – Gyobang Salpuri, Gyobang Fan Dance

2018 Jeongdong Theater Tradition Series Performance ‘The Palace: Tale of Jang Noksu’ The scene of gyobang dance and gyobang salpuri dance

Gyobang is an institution that is in charge of the singing and dancing of gisaengs.

The dance taught, learnt and performed here is called the gyobang dance!

In <The Palace: Tale of Jang Noksu>, the hallyangs (playboys) arrive at Gaheungcheong (residence for gisaengs from all over the nation who are not yet accepted into the royal palace) to catch a glimpse of Noksu.

With their white handkerchieves, the gisaengs present the gyobang salpuri dance.

However, the inconsiderate hallyangs seek only for Noksu.

Finally, Noksu appears and dances with a fan in her hand. This dance, called the gyobang fan dance, captivates and fascinates the startled hallyangs.

2018 Jeongdong Theater Tradition Series Performance ‘The Palace: Tale of Jang Noksu’ Jang Noksu’s fan dance_Jo Haneul

During the gyobang fan dance, Jang Noksu dances along to the rhythm of the drunggaengi (a type of traditional Korean drum).

Originating from the east coast region, this rhythm is used as an accompaniment during shamanistic rituals and is one that is difficult to dance to.

To emphasise the uniqueness of Jang Noksu, her dance to the rhythm of the drunggaengi is specially included in <The Palace: Tale of Jang Noksu>

4. The Royal Court Dance

2018 Jeongdong Theater Tradition Series Performance ‘The Palace: Tale of Jang Noksu’ Royal court dance

Jang Noksu enters the palace. She joins the court ladies to hold an annual banquet for King Yeonsan.

Known as gainjeonmokdan, this is a royal court dance and a vase with peonies is placed on the stage during the dance.

It is a splendid dance performed by the court ladies holding flowers in their hands.

2018 Jeongdong Theater Tradition Series Performance ‘The Palace: Tale of Jang Noksu’

Jang Noksu, dressed in a magnificent royal dress, appears between the dancers and plays hard to get while performing a duet dance with King Yeonsan.

2018 Jeongdong Theater Tradition Series Performance ‘The Palace: Tale of Jang Noksu’

 

5. The Three-drum Dance, Five-drum Dance and Eight-drum Dance

2018 Jeongdong Theater Tradition Series Performance ‘The Palace: Tale of Jang Noksu’

Korea’s intense, dynamic and energetic dance, the ‘drum dance’.

In <The Palace: Tale of Jang Noksu>, these drums are not secured in place but instead, the performers hold the drums while moving around the stage.

Here, the three-drum dance, five-drum dance, eight-drum dance is performed by Jang Noksu.

6. The Last Dance

2018 Jeongdong Theater Tradition Series Performance ‘The Palace: Tale of Jang Noksu’

Jang Noksu and King Yeonsan.

The moment when the end of everything is near, fulfilling the wishes of the subjects…

Jang Noksu pours a last cup of wine to Yeonsan and performs her last dance.

Just like their first encounter, King Yeonsan, wearing the sapsal dog mask, indulges in the entertainments together with Noksu.

Concluding everything with her dance, and dancing till the very end!

What kind of dance did Jang Noksu perform?

Come and enjoy a variety of traditional Korean dance at <The Palace: Tale of Jang Noksu>! 🙂

Jeongdong Theater Tradition Series Performance
<The Palace: Jang Noksu>

2018.04.05 ~ OPEN RUN
Tue – Sat 4PM (Closed on Sun & Mon)
Viewing age of 48 months and above

STAFF
Choreographer_Jeong Hye Jin, Director_Oh Kyeong Taek, Writer_Kyeong Min Seon, Composer_Kim Cheol Hwan, Art Director_Park Dong Woo, Lighting Design_Sin Ho, Video Design_Jeong Jae Jin, Costume Design_Lee Ho Jun, Make-up_Kim Jong nn, Prop Design_Kim Sang Hee

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