Interview with Hyuk Lee

<Lotus, A Flower Comes Out Once More> 

A single-hearted man, the role of ‘Dodam’, a court worrier

Interview with ‘Hyuk Lee’

Here is a man.

A single-hearted devotion. A worrier who loves only one woman.

Dadam, we can call him a romantist.​

I met Hyuk Lee who has role of ‘Dodam’, the pioneer of <Lotus, A Flower Comes Out Once More>.

<Lotus, A Flower Comes Out Once More> has double casting.

The main characters are the king, queen, the best court dancer ‘Seoryeon’, the best worrier in the court ‘Dodam’
and shaman of the court, ‘Mohwa’.

The relationship of the characters is very simple.

Seoryeon and Dodam are loved to each other.

The king has desire of Seoryeon and the queen is jealous to it.

Dodam is a worrier of the court but he loses his allegiance toward the King to protect his love.

A battle between the King and Dodam unfolds

Through the interview, let’s hear from Hyuk Lee, one of the double casted Dodam.

Q.How was your first feeling of the performance <Lotus, A Flower Comes Out Once More>

I was used to  respect Chunghan Kim, the director and choreographer of this performance.

He was director of <Chunhyang> of Jeongdong Theater in 2012 and I acted the main characters Mongryong and Byeon for the performance.

And now I’m very glad to join his work again at the very first time.

Q. What is your best scene of <Lotus, A Flower Comes Out Once More>?

In this work, there are various scenes.

They include an entertainment of the Joseon court, the scene of worriers’ training
and the scene of court ritual which contains Korean traditional aspect.

​Among these scenes, I like the Romantic scene.

You must meet the ‘Romance’ in director Kim’s work.​

In this performance, there is a very beautiful duet scene of lovely man and woman.

In the scene, Seoryeon who was thrown of the court plays Haeguem
and Dodam who was training in a forest suddenly hears the music and starts to look for her.

Finally, the two meet each other and play music together.

After confirming their love, they dance.

The dance under the moonlight is the best scene I think.

Q. What is your favorite role exclude ‘Dodam’?

I think ‘Mohwa’, the court shaman is very attractive character.

She has very huge charisma and she is very similar with the message of this story.

As we have male shaman, I think that I can show very powerful and different shaman character.

Therefore, I would like to act Mohwa.

Q. What is the similarity of the character ‘Dodam’ and you, your self?

I think this story has the things which could happen in our reality.

Love, Jealous and unexpected incidences are included.

Dodam is a man who throw out his allegiance to protect his love.

It is a man’s devotion and sacrifice.

Whoever, Men dream to help their lover to overcome difficulties and to protect her sacrificing themselves.

I think this is similarity between the character and me.

Q. Jeongdong Theater is trying to present new traditional performance.

What is the merit of <Lotus, A Flower Comes Out Once More> as a future-traditional performance?

The dance of this work is based on Korean tradition but it newly created.

In the opening scene, it shows various court dances such as ritual group dance, Taepyeongmu of the queen and the sword dance.

This performance presents beautiful Korean court ceremony with new interpretation for foreign and local audiences.

As it has created piece, the audiences who have no experience about Korean tradition also easily accept it.

​Also, it shows a hopeless love story like Korean version of  ‘Romeo and Juliet’.

Therefore it easily get the sympathy from the audiences.

I’m sure that it is a performance where you can experience the contemporary and modern arts of Korean tradition with the essence of Korean culture through the music which is featured by Aeri Park, one of the best Korean traditional vocalists.​

Q. Before closing the interview, please give some comment to the audience who have never experienced Korean traditional dance.

Korean dance has a connotation as a boring arts.

However, through this performance, you can finally meet various attraction of Korean dance.

 <Lotus, A Flower Comes Out Once More> Double Cast 

​▲Seoryeon_ Haneul Cho / Jiyeon Park

​▲Dodam_ Jinheung Jun / Hyuk Lee​

​▲King_ Euiyeon Cho / Hyunwoo Kim​

​​▲Queen_ Jinkyeon Park / Sumin Kim

​▲Mohwa_ Goun Lee / Narae​

Jeongdong Theater Tradition Series, <Lotus, A Flower Comes Out Once More>

+Period : Till Oct. 29th

 +Performance day : Tue-Sun 4 pm/ 8 pm (No performance on Mondays)

[Interview : Jiyeon Park, Main Dancer of Lotus, ‘A Flower Comes Out Once More’

[Interview : Jiyeon Park, Main Dancer of <Lotus, A Flower Comes Out Once More> ]

Jeongdong Theater Tradition Series 2017 

<Lotus, A Flower Comes Out Once More>

Interview with Jiyeon Park, the Main Dancer in role of ‘Seo-ryeon’

I visited the rehearsal room to have interview with Jiyeon Park,
who in charge of the main character of <Lotus, A flower Comes Out Once More>.

She take part of ‘Seo-ryoen’ and I have much interest of the character and the drama.

Q: Which character do you take in part?
A: Seo-ryeon is a character who is the best dancer and player in the court and she has beauty like a flower.

Q: Have you had any difficulty to prepare and act the character during your rehearsal time?
A: In the performance, Seo-ryeon supposed to play Hae-geum but actually I can not play the instrument.
Because I’m not a musician but a dancer. Therefore I need to play-synching to the music and to dance like I play the instrument.
But it is very difficult as it is not a real music playing.

Furthermore, I need to describe the emotion with the dance so I can feel the pressure from the Hae-geum.

Now I’m trying to make the balance between the dance and the motion of playing the instrument.

Q: I think you need to have acting skill as well as dancing skill in this performance.
Which scene is the most difficult to act by your self?

A: In a scene, Seo-ryeon is killed by the sword of the king instead of Dodam. In this scene, I need to describe the acting of dying like a real so I’m practicing the scene imagining the real feeling and emotion if I was stabbed in the heart.

The acting is difficult in general so I mostly take care of the scene as it is an acting of dying.

Q: What is the viewing point and the best scene you think in the performance?
A: In this performance, most of scene are the best but personally I think the scenes where the Seo-ryeon is described as a flower from her difficulties and death are the viewing point and the best scene.

I expect that the audiences will sympathize to it and they could enjoy the performance like seeing a movie.

Q: What is the meaning of this performance for you as a dancer? 

A: This performance has many dramatic parts and it asked me a lot the acting skill as the main character.

Acting this role, I could feel that I have matured by my self.

Also, I desired to describe various emotion through acting.

The meaningful part is that I take a part of the work of Chunghan Kim, the directer.
It is really honor for me as a dancer.

Q: Do you have any comment to the audience?

A: Now all the staffs and the actors trying to make a great performance. Please give us more interest of the performance.