[The Palace: Tale of Jang Noksu] For Those Who Want to Feel the Charm of Traditional Korean Dance!

Hello, this is Jeongdong Theater!

Here’s our final blog review from a Korean viewer! Please enjoy reading this review! 🙂

Also, 2018 Jeongdong Theater Tradition Series Performance <The Palace: Tale of Jang Noksu> will be reopening next year starting from 2019.03.15! Stay tuned for more news ?

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Before entering the theater, the lobby of Jeongdong Theater caught my attention. Just like how it produces traditional Korean performances as a professional theater, the interior resembled that of a hanok (a traditional Korean house). With elegantly striped windows and seats designed to look like traditional wooden seats, the small and tidy exhibition space did not look like a theater but rather a cultural heritage space. The staff and ushers wore traditional Korean costumes, hanbok, and the scene of the staff checking tickets while wearing clothes that suit the interior space left me a deep impression. I left the memorable lobby to enter the theater, and little did I know, my day was about to be filled with a great deal of fun and entertainment.

<The Palace: Tale of Jang Noksu> is a “friendly performance”. For people who might be unfamiliar with traditional performances, the performance tried to reduce their distance to traditional performances. Throughout the performance, the story proceeded at a close distance from the audience. At the start of the performance, the performers presented traditional Korean games and the audience was welcomed to join on stage, and this segment lasted for a rather long time while proceeding with a fast pace. An opening without a distant feeling like this one allows one to accept the unfamiliar theater and view it as one that is friendlier, and also reduced the psychological distance between the actors on stage and the audience in the seats. Moreover, throughout the performance, the transitions of many scenes were also proceeded at the audience seats which continuously held the attention of the audience.

Traditional Korean dances was undeniably the focus of the performance, and the performance tried to approach it boldly in a more modern way. For example, breaking away from the stiff image of actors, the comedic elements or facial expressions of the actors had a more natural and everyday-like acting, revealing another charm of the performance in a different way. Also, taking into consideration the entertainment of the show, the story of Jang Noksu, her relationship with Prince Je-an and other elements was interpreted in a new way, . Due to the familiar content, the audience could follow the unfolding of the plot quickly and immerse into the show.

The performance showed Janggo dance, Gyobang dance, boat dance and other traditional Korean dances that expressed the beauty of Korea. Various kinds of hanbok were seen which brought another kind of entertainment while watching the show.

In addition, the unique part of the show was the non-verbal aspect which required an efficient way to convey the plot. Not only did this require the extensive use of the performers’ facial expressions, body movements and dancing, the lighting was also utilised extensively. To express the stage effects and sudden circumstances of the plot, the constantly changing lighting played a huge role. This was amplified by detailed directing which allowed for the message of key scenes to be conveyed accurately to the audience while maintaining a fast pace.

<The Palace: Tale of Jang Noksu> is a performance which showed off its advantage in its structure. The performance showed its own weight without a feeling of distance within 75 minutes. It was a friendly performance that allowed those who find it hard to understand traditional Korean culture to approach it easily. I would strongly recommend the show to my foreigner friends and watch it together with them if they visit Korea. If performances such as <The Palace: Tale of Jang Noksu> are continually being produced, more people will be able to feel the charm of Korean culture and perhaps bring it to a whole other level.

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

Ticketing
www.jeongdongtheater.com

VIP : 60,000₩
R : 50,000₩
S : 40,000₩

Inquiry
02-751-1500

[The Palace: Tale of Jang Noksu] Viewers’ Reviews and Thoughts about the Show!

Hello, this is Jeongdong Theater! 🙂

It has been 8 months since the premiere of <The Palace: Tale of Jang Noksu>! ✨

What do viewers think about <The Palace: Tale of Jang Noksu> after watching it?

Below are some of the reviews of the show on KLOOK left by our viewers! ?

“The cast interacted with the audience, which made watching the performance fun. We thoroughly enjoyed the show!” ★★★★★

– La* L**

“The show is a great chance to see everything about South Korea culture, music, fashion in 75 mins.” ★★★★★

– Co** Tr***

“Wonderful performance. Love the dance, the movement, the actions.” ★★★★★

– L* E*

“Although it is a traditional dance, with delicate stage design, music, and superb dancing, even if you are not familiar with the story, you will never feel dull.” ★★★★★

– L* Ch**

“Without knowing the language you would have also understand most of the storyline. Worthwhile to spend time for this performance!” ★★★★★

– Sh* H**

“The music was beautiful, the stage effects were stunning and all the performers were so
talented.” ★★★★★

– Ro****

“Great musical theatre performance!! Highly recommended.” ★★★★

– Nu******** Gr***

“Performance was great and offered us the opportunity to know more about Korean traditions.” ★★★★★

– Tz* K**

“One of our highlight experiences in Seoul. One of the best live performances I’ve ever watched.” ★★★★★

– Ros*****

“Either you know about the story of Jang Noksu or not, this show will still take your breathe away!” ★★★★★

– Nu* Sy*****

Thank you to our viewers for your wonderful reviews?

For those who have yet to watch <The Palace: Tale of Jang Noksu>, what are you waiting for?

Book your tickets through KLOOK easily and come and experience this spectacular traditional Korean arts performance today! ?

Link to KLOOK website – https://www.klook.com/activity/9596-the-palace-tale-of-jang-noksu-show-ticket-seoul/

We hope to see you soon! ?

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

Ticketing
www.jeongdongtheater.com

VIP : 60,000₩
R : 50,000₩
S : 40,000₩

Inquiry
02-751-1500

[The Palace: Tale of Jang Noksu] Review of “The Palace: Tale of Jang Noksu”

Hello~! This is Jeongdong Theater! This post is another review from a Korean viewer! Please enjoy reading this review~ 🙂

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As the performance started, the witty and contemporary dance of the performers caught the attention of the audience and made the performance an entertaining one. The start of the show showed that this is a performance which can be enjoyed by everyone.

Gradually, elements of traditional Korean dance were presented and the stage became exquisitely decorated.
The feeling of novelty was so strong it made me wonder if I had not properly watched a performance related to traditional Korean dance in the past.

The beginning of the show included a segment for the participation of the audience and it felt as if the audience also had a part in leading the performance.
Especially since this is a non-verbal performance, it has an advantage which allows everyone to participate. Foreign viewers also participated and this added to the diversity of the performance.

If there is a Korean performance that attracts this many foreigners, wouldn’t that be <The Palace: Tale of Jang Noksu>? While waiting to enter the theater, I was surprised by the huge number of foreign viewers who were there as well.

I thought “although this is a non-verbal performance, wouldn’t it be difficult for foreigners to understand historical stories?” and I wondered how they are able to watch and understand the performance.

This performance has diverse elements such as high quality stage directing with the use of digital technology, and traditional dance, instruments and costumes which allow foreigners to sense the beauty of Korea.
As a Korean myself, the fact that I thought that the performance was this excellent made me think that this would be a worthy performance which will catch the eyes of foreigners.

Despite the lack of dialogues, the 75-minutes show was fully packed with dances and stage effects. Specifically, stage effects through the use of videos were able to give the effect of various backgrounds on the same stage.

Additionally, bright-coloured lightings emphasised the climax of different scenes effectively. This also played an important role in spicing up the fighting scenes between the royal subjects and Jang Noksu and Yeonsangu.

In addition to traditional Korean dance, drums and janggu as well as the masks stood out too. The props played an important role in the performance.

When the royal subjects held the drums and threatened Jang Noksu, the way Jang Noksu hit the drums and dealt with them gave a very real impression that she was doing her best to win this fight.

The scenes where masks were worn by the royal subjects to express these characters was one of the best scenes of the show. In a performance constrained by time, the opposition of the royal subjects to Yeonsangun was expressed easily and quickly.
Through the use of traditional Korean masks, combined with the lighting effects, the sense of crisis and climax were expressed in an entertaining way.

I hope that performances such as this which shows elements of traditional Korean culture will develop further and become popularised. Korea’s outstanding directing skills and stage effects should be shared with diverse groups of people and deserve recognition on the stages in different parts of the world. This was the <The Palace: Tale of Jang Noksu>, a performance so great that I want to share it with others.

– This review was made in collaboration with ARTinsight.

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

Ticketing
www.jeongdongtheater.com

VIP : 60,000₩
R : 50,000₩
S : 40,000₩

Inquiry
02-751-1500