[Pansori Othello] Introducing “Pansori Othello”!

Introducing another one of Jeongdong Theater’s performances, “Pansori Othello”!

This is a creative pansori performance which bases its story on Shakespeare’s “Othello” and a legendary Korean tale, “Cheoyong”.

Although this performance targets native Koreans as its main audience, many foreigners who are interested in Korea’s pansori also come to watch it.

For ticket reservation, visit the Korean homepage of Jeongdong Theater. Alternatively, you can contact us through phone or email for any queries.


2018 Jeongdong Theater Creative-ing Series <Pansori Othello>


25th August (Saturday) ~ 22th September 2018 (Saturday)


Tuesday to Saturday 8PM, Sunday 3PM (Closed on Monday. Not available from 7th to 9th September)


Jeongdong Theater

Admission Fee

R 40,000 won / S 30,000 won

Age Group

Ages 8 and up (Elementary school students and above)


Jeongdong Theater 02-751-1500 www.jeongdong.or.kr

Interpark 1544-1555 ticket.interpark.com

Shakespeare’s “Othello” meets traditional Korean opera, pansori

Reinterpretation of the Western + male-perspective story of Othello from an Eastern + female perspective

As the first performance of the lineup of ‘Creation-ing Series’, “Pansori Othello” is a production of theater company Heebie Jeebie Juice.

The performance, a pansori performance based on Shakespeare’s “Othello”, was first staged last November at Asia Culture Center (ACC).

“Pansori Othello” tells the story of Othello through a woman named ‘Dan’ who is a gisaeng in the 19th century of the Joseon dynasty.

The original story of “Othello” reveals the dark side of the emotions of humans through suspicion, jealousy, catastrophe based on male-centric events and world views.

On the other hand, “Pansori Othello” shows an alternative world view reflecting a female-centric and Eastern values that transcends the tragedy of the original story.

Despite her lowly status as a gisaeng, ‘Dan’ is an important protagonist of the performance. She sings and uses her voice to tell the life of a stranger, Othello, and a story from a faraway land.

In the story, although the characters (Othello, Desdemona, Iago) possess a noble status, egoism, distrust and greed brought them into despair.

‘Dan’ sings and conveys the story piteously with a heavy heart and injects ridicule and humour occasionally from a third-person point of view.

She expresses her own stand and view while providing an objective projection of the story, controlling the audience perfectly.

From Silla’s Cheoyong, Othello is recalled

Reddish complexion, accentuated eyes and nose, hairs entwined from chest to arms and legs.

A stranger who is respected and acknowledged. With his incredible wisdom, Cheoyeong gains his status as a military general as well as a beautiful wife.

However, the god of jealousy tempts Cheoyong’s wife and cheated on Cheoyong.

In “Pansori Othello”, Othello is recalled from Silla’s Cheoyong. The performance begins with the story of Cheoyong.

At a faraway land, the characters who fell into the exact same predicament.

However, different from Cheoyong, Othello gave in defeatedly to Iago’s interference.

In the end, Othello kills his wife and ends his own life, meeting his tragic destiny.

The performance contrasts the stories of the strangers and makes an interesting comparison between Eastern and Western views.


This is a story from a faraway land. The pitiful people in this sad and cruel story…

This is a story from a long time ago about a stranger on this land, ‘Cheoyong’. He is a respectable man with incredible wisdom but the god of jealousy tempts Cheoyong’s wife and cheated on Cheoyong.

Dan, a gisaeng, narrates the story through her singing and sings ‘the story from a faraway land – Othello’ which had become the talk of the town recently.

The story unfolds in Venice, Italy, on the island of Cyprus.

Othello, a capable and respectable general of Venice.

Iago, Othello’s ensign and trusted advisor, who has always envisioned to be his lieutenant, is jealous of Cassio, Othello’s lieutenant, and devises a plan to destroy him by making him believe that his wife, Desdemona, is having an affair with Cassio.

In the end, Othello fell into Iago’s trap and believed that he had been betrayed, killing Desdemona out of jealousy.

Upon realising that everything had been a trap, the guilt-ridden Othello ended his own life.

While narrating the story, Dan uses suitable tones from time to time to reveal Iago’s craftiness, Othello’s naiveness and to evoke sympathy for Desdemona.

Dan sighs and pities the turbulent lives of the characters after finish narrating the story…

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