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The Palace: Tale of Jang Nok-Su, Learning Korean Traditional Dance Pt 1

Hello, this is Jeongdong Theater. It is Autumn in Korea and watching the seasons change slowly and the trees change colors seems to fill the heart with joy. But if you add culture and dance to this rich emotion, will the rest of October not be a little happier?

Jeongdong Theater, located on Jeongdong-gil, filled with ambiance and romance, is a traditional performing art and performance center representing Korea. We present high-quality performances that reinterpret our traditional culture and art.

In particular, Jeongdong Theater’s permanent performance is a creative dance-drama that shows the story of Jang Nok-Soo, who lived a dramatic life from an innocent, tomboy-like slave, to one of the best dancers and singer of her time, to becoming a woman of the royal power, this show unfolds her life as an art piece.

According to Nok-su’s identity, Korean people’s culture, giseng culture, and palace culture are shown through the play and dance. In particular, The Palace: Tale of Jang Nok Su is a performance that pays attention to Jang Nok Su as an outstanding artist.

So be prepared!

We have divided this series into two. Today, let’s take a look at the dances that Nok-su performed in her early days.

Janggo Dance

Nok-su became a courtesan after her skills and talents were recognized by Je-an Daegun . Devoted to a full-fledged giseng training, she dances with her Janggu strapped on her shoulders. Janggu Dance is also called Janggo-mo or Janggo Dance.

Janggu dance is divided according to whether it is mainly dancing or playing the drum. Janggu dances performed in Gibangs are dances, and Janggu dances in Pungmulnori are mainly playing the drums.

Of course, the courtesan Nok-su was dance-oriented. Thus, this is a Janggu dance show with fun and flirty behavior. It is not known when the instrument called Janggu was incorporated into this particular dance. However, it is said that the style of hanging the rope at an angle with a string attached to the Janggu and tapping the Janggu was mainly performed by the private artists of the Joseon Dynasty.

Hanryang Dance

Under the teachings of Je-an Daegun, Noksu blossoms artistically and becomes the best courtesan of Joseon. And Nok-su as an entertainer was to entice the men.

Hanyang Dance is a dance that expresses elegance and excitement. In this scene, Nok-su dances with a fan. However, the dance form is not constant and there are no rules. The dancer can freely improvise according to the situation. However, in this situation, she was dancing for the scholars(Seonbi) so Seonbi’s elegance was infused with the dance. In particular, the figure of a crane symbolizing scholars is shaped and danced.

Kyobang Salpuri Dance

Kyobang is an institution that presided over teaching gisengs dances and songs around the Joseon Dynasty. There are various types of dance like sword dances, bridge dances, etc

The dances featured in are Salpuri dance and Fan dance. First of all, the Salpuri dance is a word from shamanism that means to loosen the flesh. Therefore, it can be called ‘dance to lose weight’. Originally, it started as a shamanic dance with a strong ritual attached to it, but it was later reestablished as an art. Flirting is required in this dance so it’s famous among the gisengs and it’s also a very delicate dance.

For more check out the video
https://youtu.be/4yprzvwhva8

Fan dance

The fan dance is probably the most famous traditional dance. In fact, the fan dance is not a traditional dance of Korea. This dance was created by dancer Kim Baek-bong in 1954.

Of course, there are many dances with fans in the national dances of the world, including shaman dances. But most of those dances are not fan centered. However, Nok-su’s fan dance shows the best technique to open, fold, wind, and spread.

This technique-oriented fan dance was first presented at the Kimbaekbong Dance Presentation at the Seoul Construction Center on November 1954.

Then in the 1968 Mexico Olympics, the fan dance was reconstructed and developed into a group of dances. The Korean Folk Arts Group played a fan dance at the World Excellent Art Festival and World Folklore Festival held together with the Olympics. Since then, fan dance has become one of the most representative dances in the world.

For more check out the video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_T6Jck510Lw

This concludes the first series, in the next part, we would continue with Nok-su’s dancing in the palace.

To be continued…..

Explore Jeongdong-gil: Donuimun Museum

Fall is coming and we are bracing for the cold here in Jeongdong Theater. However, there are still many places around the theater to be explored.

Introducing the Donuimun Museum Village near Jeongdong Theater.


Donuimun Museum Village is a museum in the form of a village. It is located in a retro area that preserved old buildings and old alleys such as Hanok, flowering houses, Japanese houses in the Joseon Dynasty, slabs and French houses from the 1970s and 1980s, as an urban regeneration project. After looking round the village, we recommend our performance of <The Palace: The Tale of Jang Nok-su>.

<The Palace: The Tale of Jang Nok-su> is a creative dance drama that shows the story of Jang Nok-su who lived a dramatic life as a slave, courtesan, and concubine through traditional dance. The story of Jang Nok-su shows the different stages of her life as a innocent and tomboy-like slave, as a protagonist who dance and voiced ranked her as a top artist of her time, and finally as Je-an Degun’s woman in the royal court.

‘100-year Modern Modern Archives of Memory’

Donuimun is the old name of Seodaemun. Seodaemun, which means the western big gate of Hanyang Doseong, the Seoul’s four major gates along the Seoul Wall Fortress. Donuimun Gate, first constructed in 1396, was rebuilt in 1413 at Jeongdong Crossroads. Since then, the gate has been called “Saemun” (新聞), which means “new door,” and the area inside Don’s Gate was called “Saemunangol” or “Sammunan neighborhood.”

Saemunan was a crowded area of ​​private tutoring, a symbol of private education, from the 1960s to the 1970s. Since the 80’s, it has been a rumored food alley. However, as the New Town development project began in the 2000s, Seoul remodeled the village and buildings of Saemunan Village and donated it to the Donuimun Museum Village. 40 of 63 existing homes were maintained and repaired, and some houses were left behind, creating a courtyard for the village community, and the old alleys were kept intact. Although it was opened in 2017, the Donuimun Museum Village was newly renovated in April of this year, with the concept of ‘100-year modern and archive of memory.’

The village consists of three major themes: village exhibition hall (16 dong), experiential education hall (9 dong), and village creation center (9 dong).

At the village center in the center of the village, concerts are held every day at 12:10 noon (1pm on weekends). There are also cultural events that citizens suggest and conduct on their own.
First of all, the Village Exhibition Hall is an annex to the Seoul Museum of History, where you can feel and experience the history of the old Saemunan neighborhood and the sensitivity of the 60~80s analog generation. In the Donuimun Exhibition Hall, you can check the history and culture of the Donuimun era, the urban regeneration and life records of Saemunan neighborhood. There is also the “Donguimungu-guru,” which recreates the social space of the former blooming members, and the “Independence activist’s house”, which celebrated the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the Provisional Government and the Republic of Korea.
If you go to the side alley, you will be able to travel back in time from the 1960s to the 80s. The Living History Exhibition Hall recreated the homes of the 1960s and 1980s, including a kitchen with a hut, a room with mother-of-pearl, and a study room with a uniform. You can enjoy pastime games such as “ Tsamori Yongwon, ” a modern barber shop, “ Seodaemun photo studio ” with the concept of a modern social center and a wedding hall in the 1980s, “ Saemunan Theatre ”, a Tetris, and a street fighter that recreate the old movie theater. You can feel the retro sensibility in ‘Donuimun Computer Game Center and Manga Room’.

At the Seoul Future Heritage Hall, you can see 10 future heritage sites in Jongno and Euljiro along the tram lines of Seoul in the 1930s. Hanoks on one side of the village courtyard allow you to experience Hanji crafts, calligraphy, fashion, and embroidery, and many more. However, you must first make a reservation on the homepage for these experiences. In the ‘Myeongin Gallery’, there is a permanent exhibition where you can enjoy the works of masters in the experience education center.

There is also a civic gallery and artist gallery. Here, a collection of collections gathered by citizen collectors and works by artists and curators appropriate for the village are displayed. The Village Creation Center, located throughout the village, also hosts exhibitions and workshops for tenant artists that fit the concept of the village. New exhibitions are also held every month in the artist gallery. Currently, the main exhibition “City Exhibition” of the “2019 Seoul Urban Biennale” will be held in the Donuimun Museum Village until November 10th.

■ Donuimun Museum Village
Address: 14-3 Songwol-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Open: 10: 00 ~ 19: 00, closed every Monday
Admission Fee: Free
Homepage: http://dmvillage.info/

Vacation in the City 2: Bookstores and Libraries in Central Seoul

Hello, Welcome to Jeongdong Theater.

<The Palace: The Tale of Jang Nok Soo> is a performance reconstructed with the best story that shows the story of Jang Nok Soo, the concubine of Prince Yeon-gun. Jang Nok-soo is an artist with excellent artistic talent and her artistic life is dramatized by our dance and our rhythm. However, there is so much more you can learn about her. In order to learn more, we will introduce you to the hottest bookstores and libraries that you can meet near Gwanghwamun before you see our show.

Inwangsan Jarak Hanok Library, Cheongwoon Literary Library

Address: 40, Jahamun-ro 36-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul

Operating Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10:00-22:00, Sunday 10:00-19:00 Closed: Monday, January 1, New Year’s Day Chuseok Holidays

Inquiries: 070-4680-4032

https://www.jfac.or.kr/site/main/content/chungwoon01

Cheongwoon Literature Library, located at the foot of Inwangsan Mountain, is a public library built in hanok style. The atmosphere of the hanok is further lined with the natural scenery of the surroundings and is extremely wonderful. As much it is a literary-based library, the library has novels and essay-oriented literary books, especially poetry. It is said to remember poets who are deeply related to Jongno, including Yun Dong-ju, Lee Sang, and many others.

The library has a basement level and a ground level. As you enter the entrance, you will see two neat hanoks and a courtyard. The hanoks are mainly used as seminar rooms and meeting places. Poetry and literature creative classrooms and humanities concerts are also actively held. You can listen to various poems read by famous celebrities with music.

There is a general reading room, children’s reading room, conference room, cafe and exhibition room on the first basement floor. The reading room is simple, but it has a very nice view of the neat and beautiful scenery that comes through the large window of the reading room. Sit at a table overlooking the courtyard and read your literary works. Behind the library is the Cheongwoon Park and the hill of Yun Dong-ju’s poem.

Small Café Library in the Forest, Samcheong Park Forest Speed Library

Address: 134-3, Bukchon-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul

Opening Hours: Samcheong Park: 10: 00 ~ 18: 00 (until 20:00 in June ~ August)

Closed: Monday, January 1st, Lunar New Year, Chuseok Holidays

Contact: 02-734-3900

http://lib.jongno.go.kr/

Samcheong Park is located at the end of the Samcheongdong Cafe Alley. Inside the park is a small glass building which is the Samcheong Park Forest Speed Library. It is a small library that was remodeled from the old canteens in the park and operates as a book cafe. It was introduced in the New York Times as a beautiful library.

The library consists of the first floor and the underground space. The first floor is for general books, and the first floor is mainly for children. The first floor has an ondol structure, with a cafe selling tea, drinks and snacks in the center. One side of the window is made of glass. When you sit at the table, you can see the park outside the window. Next to the table, you can see the natural beauty of Samcheong Park from the window. The other side of the window has a sitting table where you can sit back and read in silence. The windowsills are especially spacious, so you can sit by the window and enjoy a cup of tea while reading your book.

It’s underground space for children is also nice and spacious. The basement also has wide glass windows and a wooden deck terrace.

The library also holds various lectures and cultural experiences. You can take a walk through Samcheong Park with a forest guide, listen to explanations about trees, and draw wildflowers. There is also a children’s playground opposite the library, so it’s a great place to see, play, and walk with your kids.

Café Bookstore with History, History Book Room

Address: 24, Jahamun-ro 10-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul

Business Hours: Mon-Sat 10: 30-22: 00, Sunday 10: 30-18: 00

Inquiries: 02-733-8348

https: / /historybooks.modoo.at/

Nowadays, there are many small bookstores that are just as distinctive and diverse as large bookstores. ‘History Book Room’ is located in front of the Gyeongbokgung side gate. Like its name, it is a bookstore that mainly deals with historical books. The second floor is divided into a bookshelf, a main hall, a cafe lounge, a studio and a loft attic. This bookstore is also a place where you can drink and meet people. The cafe lounge sells coffee, tea, beer, wine and snacks. Thus, it is also a nice meeting space, including a multi-story attic. In the main hall, various planning lectures and special lectures related to history are held, as well as exhibitions and concerts.

Lifestyle Curating Bookstore, Ark and Book City Hall

Address: B1, Eulji-ro, 29, Jung-gu, Seoul

Operating Hours: Daily 10: 00 ~ 22: 00

Instagram @ arc.n.book_official

Ark & Book City Hall is located in Euljiro 1-ga Station, Subway Line 2. The city hall branch is not just a place to sell books, it is a curating bookstore that combines books and lifestyle shops. In addition to over 30,000 books, it also sells various household goods and miscellaneous goods. There are also cafes and restaurants. It is a very hip space where you can enjoy a relaxing encounter with a book and spend a wonderful time. What’s unique is that everything including books consists of four themes and stories: ‘DAILY, WEEKEND, STYLE, INSPIRATION’.

The entrance with the arched book tunnel is very impressive, definitely instagram worthy. It is made of a total of 8000 books, and it is said that the arch is made by putting magnets in the book. In addition, there is a fantasy corner near the entrance, and the series is regularly replaced according to themes such as Harry Potter Series and Marble Series. The terrier, inspired by the movie The Great Gatsby, is said to have borrowed the ‘Art deco’ style of visual art from France in the 1920s and 1930s.

Inside the bookstore is the Select Dining, a food and beverage editing shop with famous restaurants and cafes. This allows you to enjoy reading books, eating food, drinking tea and having fun. There is also a flea market and music room. There are also various lectures, music concerts, and cultural activities through books.

Nowadays, bookstores and libraries are popular in Seoul because they are transformed into a variety of spaces, including books, culture, performances, exhibitions, and experiences. After lunch, spend a relaxing time with a book in a cool bookstore or library, and then visit us to watch the performance <The Palace: The Tale of Jang Nok Soo> at Jeongdong Theater.

B cuts photos from rehearsal room of Musical “Pann: The Stage”

Can you imagine how the actors life just before the performance?
Here below B cuts photos from rehearsal room of Musical “Pann: The Stage”.

Jicheol Kim! The charming actor who acts the role of Dalsu!
In this photo, the actors wear the same T-shirt which is offered by fan club of Jicheol Kim.
The T-shirt of “Pann” supported by Jicheol’s fan made another great scene in the rehearsal room.

Juhye You, the actress who acts the role of I-deok lay down on the floor looking at the ceiling.

Following her gaze, let’s imagine what she is thinking about?
Thinking about Hotae who is the best storyteller?
Thinking about Dalsu, the brand new storyteller?

Or she is thinking now about the world of her novel.

This is Sora Im, the actress who acts the role of Boon-i!

This is “X” mark for Dalsu to give him a cool-headed assessment.

Jihoon Kim, the actor who acts the role of Hotae, the best storyteller of Joseon era now checking messages on his smart phone.

While we talk now through phones in this era,
many people was laughing and crying thought the story which is talked by Jeongi-su in Joseon ear.

To check more B cuts photos, please visit Jeongdong Theater’s Instagram!
INSTAGRAM / @JEONGDONGTHEATER

Welcome First Time in Jeongdong Jang-gu Class!

Two travelers from Kuwait and Bahrain visited Jeongdong Theater to experience Korean traditional culture.
This event was the  collaboration of the Middle East Branch of Korea Tourism Organism and Jeongdong Theater.
The two participants are very famous Youtubers in their countries.

They looked around the theater receiving explanation about Jeongdong Theater’s performance and experience programs by an interpreter.
Also they broadcasted it through Instatram Live and introduce their audiences the theater.

   First of all, they experienced ‘Jang-gu Class’ in Jeongdong Maru.
They talked to the fans in their countries through the Live broadcasting and took pictures in front of the Jang-gu.

The class began with how to hold the stick and how to pronounce the sound.
“Dung” sound when hit both sides.
“Kung” sound when hit left side.
“Tta” sound when hit right side.
The two ladies followed well the sound.

Left Ftami (Kuwait, with 180 million followers) / Right Khawla (Bahrain, with 210 million followers)

They learned about Hwimori Jangdan (Fast Rhythm of Korea) and they were excited with it.
“Dung Dung KungTta Kung” “Dung TtaTta KungTta Kung” “KungTtaKung”
They learned these three rhythms and at the end they played the rhythms by them selved.

They seemed like to enjoy the rhythm!

Also, they saw a great music play by Yongwoo Nam who acted for Korean Mask Dance Musical “Dong-Dong”.
The music with Hwimori Jangdan captivated the two ladies.

Jang-gu Class with Korean instrument and Korean rhythm!
During a break, I asked them about their impression.
Khawla from Bharain siad  “It was fun but the terms were difficult”
Ftami from Kuwait who really enjoyed the rhythm said “It was easy and nice”
About the impression of Korea, they said “Everything is beautiful including foods, people, and the weather and I want to live here.”

Following the Jang-gu Class, they participate ‘Korean Dance Class’.
They learned the Korean dance beating with Korean traditional music.
They learned it easier than Jang-gu and they danced one song without instructor’s help.

They received the certificate after completing the Jang-gu Class and the Korean Dance Class!
Also, they received a pencil case which has very Korean traditional beauty.
One of their followers who planned to travel to LA said,
“I bought the flight ticket to Korea after seeing this Live”.

I hope many travelers visit Korea through this event
and they could imagine Jeongdong Theater thinking of Korea.

About the Masks of Musical Dong-Dong

In the musical ‘Dong-Dong’, 14 traditional masks appear.  
The masks add colors to the characters.

Also, the characters hide or show one’s personality wearing or taking off the mask.

Masks show other personalities.

Therefore, the story starts with a scene where King Hyeongjong wears the mask of General Gang Gam-chan.

Then, lets check the masks which appear in the Musical Dong-Dong!

Mask of King Hyeongjong | Actor. Minhwan Song

King Hyeongjong is 8th King of Goryeo. He is vulnerable.
He runs out from the palace with a oppression of the heart because he could not decide to have war or not with the northern countries.

During the three days of ‘Palgwanheo’ which is the national festival,
he watches that many people break the taboo.

After he wears the mask of General Gang Gam-chan, he gets brave heart and finally makes a decision.

His eyes shows a discipline of the young king and the white face looks like a young boy.
A face with a smile.

Can he find his own face one day?

Mask of Gang Gam-chan | Actor Yong-nam Kim

The red face of General Gang Gam-chan poses a threat to the enemies.

King Hyeongjong borrows this face and gets a brave heart.

However, General Gang Gam-chan takes other mask after loosing his own mask.

Can you guess what happens?

Mask of Monk Jingwan | Actor Jaehyeon Lee

Monk Jingwan is the man who organizes Palgwanheo. He has a dark brown face and he looks like a large-hearted man.

He concerns about King Hyeonjong and looks at him with big eyes.

Also, the actor Jaehyeon Lee adds Pansori skill into the musical.

Mask of Hodoo| Actor Hyeoncheol Jeong

Hodoo is a young man who will be a monk.

He falls in love with Queen Wonjeong and he promises with her to run away to a island.

His rosy cheeks and round eyes reflect his curiosity.

The two lovers hide one’s position under the mask and expose one’s desire.

Mask of Queen Wonjeong | Actress Jo Eun

Queen Wonjeong also has rosy cheeks.

She has a desire to live outside of the palace because she does not receive any love from the King.

The romance between Hoddo and Queen Wonjeong presents a fantasy like ‘A Midsummer Nights’ Dream’ of Shakespeare.

Mask of the woman of a persimmon tree house | Actress Aehyeon Jeon

The woman of a persimmon tree house has chubby cheeks and she looks like a nice woman.

She always miss her dead son and drinks.

Mask of the man of the rice cake shop | Actor Hyeoncheol Park

He looks like naive and folksy man.

He has something with the woman of a persimmon three house.

Please check what it is through the musical!

Mask of a boy | Actor YoungHyeon Ahn

He is a young boy. Can you guess who he looks like?
He never takes off his mask during the whole musical.

Mask of the god of dragons | Actress Dabin Choi

Palgwanhoe is a national festival where the 8 taboos have to be kept during the three days.

Also, it shows a folk religion where pray for the god of dragons.

The god of dragons shows her dignity with the face of the dragon.

Here is the beautiful face hidden under the mask of the dragon.

Mask of Wol | Actor Wonyoung Kim

He is a guard of the King Hyeongjong.

He shows allegiance toward the King trough his white face and white cloth.

Many audience are curious that he is a ghost or a man.

He is a spirit following the King Hyeonjong and the lost personality of the King
as well as a face with courage for the King.

This character has many symbol himself.

Synopsis.. 

King Hyeonjong of Goryeo, who took other’s face!

The best General, Gang Gam-chan who got stolen his face!

Find your face hidden behind other’s face!

 

Once upon a time in 1010, Goryeo Gaegyeong..

After acceding to 8th King of Goryeo, King Hyeonjong tries to restore ‘Palgwanheo’ as a national festival but the Khitan warns the second invasion with 400 thousands of the army. Goryeo has already been damaged by the first invasion. The ministers including Master Jingwan(a monk) argue to give a part of the north and have war damage. However, Genernal Gang Gam-chan only argues to fight with the northern country.

The vulnerable King Hyeonjong runs out the palace with the oppression without any decision. At the time, The sea god who wakes up due to Palgwanheo comes and pass away and the mask of General Gang Gam-chan replaces the god in the place. The king takes the mask and gets into the adventure feeling an intrepidness.

During the Palgwanheo, under the full moon, the people who dream of breaking away from the 8 precepts appears in front of the King’s eyes…

 ◇ Performance Information ◇
Title : Traditional mask dance, ‘Dong-Dong’
Period : Nov 9 2017- Nov  26 2017

Performance time : Weekdays 8 pm, Weekend 3 pm (No performance on Mondays)
Venue : Jeongdong Theater
Inquiry & Reservation : Jeongdong Theater +82-(0)2-751-1500 / Interpark +82-1544-1555
Organized by Jeongdong Theater

Audience Meeting Party of Musical Dong-Dong

Have you seen the musical ‘Dong-Dong’ which is the second project of ‘Creation-ing’?

In the night of November 10, after the second show of Dong-Dong,
the audience meeting party of Musical Dong-Dong was held in Jeongdong Maru.

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It was time to be with the audience and the production team having traditional alcohol

in order to have various conversation on the musical.

This is the scene from the beginning of the event.

After the performance finished, many audiences came to Jeongdong Maru.

 From the number of the people, it is assumed how exciting the musical was.

In the corner, many cookies and rice cakes are ready.

And next to them, there were alcohols!

The alcohols were so special. They are signature cocktails made of the traditional alcohols sponsored by ‘Woori Soolbang’.

And Jung hyun Seo, the ambassador of Korean traditional alcohol, made the cocktails in the venue!

It is ssso cooool!!!

The left one is ‘Cocktail Hyeonjong’ based on Lemon and the right one is ‘Cocktail Kanggamchan’ based on grapefruit’.

The taste was so good as much as the color.

With the great cocktails, the conversation session was started.

For the conversation session, director Yukji, Choreographer Jaeseung Kim,
Changryeol Heo and Actor Hyuncheol Jeong appeared on the stage.

Jaeseung Kim told,

“Thanks to Changryeol, I could work with great actors.
At the first time, I was wondering if the actors could complete the Korean traditional mask dance.
However, as time goes by, I was happy to see the actors changed.”

For the question of “Who changed most?”,

He said “Hyeoncheol Jeong. I was surprised today.”

Changryeol Heo, who taught the actors the Korean traditional mask dance, said

“I would like to give a big hand to the actors who mastered the dance in the short time”

And the director Yukji said,

“I’m very proud of the actors. They confirmed that I’m not wrong.”

For the question about the usage of umbrella for the war,

The director said, “I hope not to have stress from the war with swords.
And I would like to describe the meaning of the war as defensing and saving somebody not as cutting others”

“Also, I thought that the umbrella goes with the image of the full moon.”

The director’s intention was very impressive.

The events proceeded on under an atmosphere of freedom.

The MC, Hyeoncheol Jeong was so funny.

Also, ‘contest of 2 line poem’ added more fun.

Here below the 2 line poem by actor Hyeoncheol Park.

Actor Jaehyeon Lee and Yongnam Kim also took a part in the events.

Jaehyeon Lee acted a role of ‘Cao Cao’ in ‘Red Cliff’ and he sang a song for Dong-Dong in the event.

Here is the beat box by Actor Yongnam Kim!

He told that he is so sad because he doesn’t have any song in this musical even if he is a musical actor.

I also so sad about that.

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The event was finished in the hot atmosphere.
At the end of the events, the actors took photos or communicated with the audiences.

Please come and see the musical!

 

Interview with Han, Sung , the Persian prince of Musical ‘Silla’

<Silla>

Interview with Han, Sung.

An actor in the role of Abitin, the strong Persian prince.

The hero of musical ‘Silla’, Abitin is the Persian prince.

He is swept and is shipwrecked in Silla.

Finally, he falls in love with the princess of Silla; Frarang.

However, he has to go back to Persia and meets his death in his home because of the attack by the devil, Jahak.

Here below the interview with Han, Sung, who plays the role of Abitin!

 

1. Why and when did you start dancing?

Actually, I didn’t have any special reason to start dancing.

 I just decided to go a high school of arts with my friend

and I keep dancing for 17 years.

 

2. How meaningful the musical ‘Silla’ and the role ‘Abitin’ is for you?

Actually, I have thought a lot about this after receiving this question.

As for Silla, it is a new history which is not well-know to the world!

And I think Abitin is the storyteller of the history.

Actually, this role is a new challenge and new experience for me.

Personally, this role is a chance to show my potential power and energy as a dancer.

3. What was your preparation to describe the role?

I just concentrate to the acting, thinking that my role is a story teller.

Because I think it is more important to deliver the story to the audience than to show something special.

And this character has various images in a time sequence so I concentrate to show them as well.

4. Do you have any thing have to do or have not to do before going on the stage?

Yes, I have. Actually it is not for me but for others.

I try to remind the sequence before going on the stage.

This is time for self-checking and for condition checking. Also, checking the dance note!

Also, I put a sole of my foots on the stage to feel it.

During the time, I recognize the weather, my condition, the air and temperature on the stage

and decide how to use the energy.

And I try not to be effected by the situation and try to concentrate my self.

5. What is the best scene for you?

Actually, I have some scenes but I would like to talk about the scene of the battle with ‘Jahak’.

This scene is crucial because Abitin meet the death here.

This scene consists of the collaborative dance with other dancers.

Therefore it is important to be considerate to others.

Also, in this scene the dense energies exploded so it could be the best scene.

6. Musical ‘Silla’ is developed for 3 years and the performance of this year is also upgraded comparing with last year.

What do you think the viewing point is?

First of all, it became easier to understand.

Also, costume changes, media arts and magics are added in to the performance.

And the scene of Samul-nori is the viewing point to fell the Korean beauty and excitement.

I hope the audience enjoy this parts.

7. Do you have any method to act? 

Actually it is hard to say exactly. 

I just don’t think to be the character but make my own character.

And I think that it is the method to have the truth for acting.

It is hard to do something that I didn’t know about.

Therefore, to act a character, it is needed to have long time and process to make it clear.

8. Please give a last word for the audience!

It is been already 3 years that I perform for Silla in Gyeongju.

This city has not a big demand for culture and arts but I think this performance is worth.

Because many actors and staffs work for this faithfully and they keep working!

Therefore please come and see the performance more!

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2017 Jeongdong Theater Gyeongju Brand

Performing Art <Silla>

▶Period : Until December 31

▶Performance time : Mon-Sat 7.30 pm (No performance on Sundays)

▶Performance Venue : Cultural Center, Gyeongju World Culture Expo

​Tickets : VIP 50,000 won / R 30,000 won / S 20,000 won

▶Inquiry : +82-(0)54-740-3800

 Please click to access the reservation page.

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Good bye Lotus!

The performance “Lotus, A Flower Comes Out Once More” which started on April 6 2017 finished on October 29.

“Lotus..” is a fiction which is set in the court of Joseon Dynasty
and it is story about the love and parting between Seoryon, the best dancer in the court, and Dodam, the best worrier in the court.

The story is described by the colorful dance of Korean tradition.

As it has the dignity of Korean traditional description and traditional dance, beautiful spectacle and wonderful music,
it has been well-received by the audience from April to October.

On the day of the last performance, October 29 | Jeongdong Theater

The scene where Soryeon dances playing a Korean traditional instrument, ‘Haeguem’, was the best impressive. The melody played by protagonist, Seoryeon, made a beautiful atmosphere and sensation of immersion. 

On the day of the last performance, October 29 | Jeongdong Theater

At 8pm, on Sunday, October 29.
It was very touching to see the last scene of the last performance. 

<Lotus, A Flower Comes Out Once More> had totally 381 times of performances during 6 months.

I can not imagine how was the feeling of the actors preparing the last performance today.

The last photo time, on October 29 | Jeongdong Theater

After the last performance was finished, the ‘photo time’ service of Jeongdong Theater was offered as usual.
It was very interesting for the foreign audiences so there were many foreign audiences including Japanese on the last day.
Even though the story was based on the Korean traditional tale, the performance was very interpretable for the foreign audiences.
Also, it was a performance to feel the colorful dance of the Korean tradition
from the smooth motion of female dancers to the powerful group dance of male dancers.  

The last photo time, on October 29 | Jeongdong Theater

The actors showed big smile for the last photo time.
It seems like that they keep comforting their sorrow of parting with laughing.

On the stage after finishing the performance on October 29 | Jeongdong Theater

After finishing the performance and the photo time, all of the actors gathered on the stage.
And for the last performance, Chunghan Kim, the director and choreographer  of the performance came and join.
 The actors and dancers embraced each other with the sorrow of  parting.

On the stage after finishing the performance on October 29 | Jeongdong Theater

I feel very sad to think that I can not see the performance which had has been staged from April to October any more.
However, I can keep the memories in my mind and I think it is the merit of the performance.

For the memory, the actors took pictures on the stage.


The long journey of “Lotus, A Flower Comes Out Once More” from April 6 to October 29 was finished.
 “Lotus, A Flower Comes Out Once More” may blossom in the heart of the audiences and the actors as a beautiful memory.

Thanks to the actors and staffs who involved in the performance! And Thanks to the audiences!
Good bye Lotus!

On the stage after finishing the performance on October 29 | Jeongdong Theater

International K-pop Fans experienced the Janggu Class!!

[Jeongdong Theater Traditional Culture Program_Janggu Class]

International K-pop Fans experienced the Janggu Class
in Jeongdong Theater!

Last October 23, the Sky was so high and the doldam-gil was so beautiful because of the autumn colors.

And Jeongdong Theater had special guests from all over the world!

They were 40 people of international K-pop fens from 12 countries.

They were selected by 32 branches of Korea Tourism Organisation(KRO)

because they all are contributors of social network or communities regarding K-pop.

They visited Jeongdong Theater to experience the traditional culture program.

After having seat in Jeongdong Maru, the venue of the Janggu Class,

they were so curious about the Korean traditional instrument so they took a pictures and touched Janggu.

First of all, they learned the basic information about the Janggu

such as how to call the part of the instrument and oral sound of the rhythm.

It was not familiar to them to pronounce but they were so excited to learn about the Korean traditional music.

When the participants became familiar with Janggu, they started to learn ‘Hwimori Jangdan(rhythm)’.

The instructor taught very smoothly for the K-pop fens who met Janggu for the first time.

It seemed like that all participants followed well the teacher.

After learning the ‘Hwimori Jangdan’, some participants demonstrated what they learned in front of others.

It was really surprising that they did very good job even it was the first time for them!!

Everybody gave them a big hand!

At the end, all participants and the instructor took a photo together!

They seemed like to feel the sorrow of parting but they leave photo and video as much as possible.

I guess that Korea they saw through the Janggu class is different with what they was through K-pop.

I hope they have this memory forever!