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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…..

Review of Musical PANN: The Stage! The inexorability of satire!

Hello, This is review from Jeongdong Press!!

I went to see the musical PANN: The Stage which is staged from Dec 7 to Dec 31.

Here below I share the review!

A scene from Musical PANN: The Stage

The boundary between improvisation and script is broken!

Once the performance begins, the actors come out from the back of the audience and they make noisy to start!
They say hello and high five to the audience. It makes the auditorium and the stage as one place.
Due to the concept of story tellers who talk to the audience, the whole auditorium seems to be the stage.
Therefore, I could concentrate to the performance well.
Also, in the middle of the performance, the actors conduct impromptu talk to the audience
and this part does not seem an acting but play they enjoy.
I was very happy with the natural laughing of the actors.

A scene from Musical PANN: The Stage

The inexorability of satire!

The protagonists of the musical ‘PANN: The Stage’ are ‘Jeongi-su’ which is the profession of storyteller in the last of Joseon era.
They satirized the dark reality.
The storytellers in 2017 satirize the society where we live now and they shout “Who is the owner of DAS?!”.
I hope we also have that kind of storyteller who satirizes the society and make people feeling relieved in this era.

A scene from Musical PANN: The Stage

All kinds of genre are here on the stage!

The music of the performance is lively played in the theater.
During the performance, the musicians keep playing the music in the back of the stage.
It makes the performance more lively!
Even if the background of the performance is Joseon era, the performance presents various kind of music:
Various kinds of western music including Bossa nova, Tango, Swing are played by Korean traditional music instrument
and it was really fantastic experience for me!

Furthermore, various kinds of Korean traditional dance including Tal-chum, shoulder dance
make harmony with other kinds of music in the performance.

I had no idea about the performance before the performance start
but I wan never bored during the 2 hours of the performance.
It shows well the Korean excitement!

I hope you also come and see this great performance for your wonderful end of the year!

◇ Performance Information ◇
Title : Musical <PANN: The Stage>
Period : December 7 – December 31 2017
Performance Time : Weekdays 8 pm, Saturday 3 pm & 7 pm, Sunday 3 pm.  (No performance on Mondays)
Venue : Jeongdong Theater
Organized by Jeongdong Theater, CJ Cultural Foundation
Inquiry : Jeongdong Theater +82-(0)2-751-1500 / Interpark +82-1544-1555
Produced by Jeongdong Theater

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(Culture Photo) Korean Traditional Storytellers Sing a Satire on Musical ‘PANN’

▲ Musical ‘PANN(Directed by Jeongju Byeon)’, The actors(from the left: Jinyoung Yoon, Jihoon Kim, Joohye Yoo, Eunsil Choi, Sora Im, Jicheol Kim) are holding books.(NewsCulture)     ©Hyeonji Yoon

A Press-call of Musical ‘PANN: The Stage'(Directed by Jeongju Byeon)’ was held in Jeongdong Theater, last December 7.

Musical ‘PANN: The Stage’ is set in the last of Joseon era and it describes the process that a nobleman Dalsu becomes a storyteller after meeting Hotae, the best storyteller in Joseon. Dalsu has a double life; a life of noble man during the day and a life of storyteller during the night. The actors who played for its premie join again its encore playr; Jicheol Kim(Dalsu), Jihoon Kim(Hotae), Jinyoung Yoon and Sora Im. Also, new members appear into the encore play; Eunsil Choi(Choonseom), Joohye Yoo(I-deok).

The performance will be on the stage until December 31, at Jeongdong Theater, Seoul.

 

▲ Dalsu (Upper side, acted by Jicheol Kim) is giving a story about that birds break the tower which is erected by a district magistrate.(NewsCulture)     ©Hyeonji Yoon

▲ Dalsu(acted by Jicheol Kim) is convincing a manual worker(acted by Jinyoung Yoon).    ©Hyeonji Yoon

▲ I-deok(acted by Joohye Yoo) is nervous to burn her books.(NewsCulture)     ©Hyeonji Yoon

▲  Boon-i, I-deok, Choonseom (From the left side, Sora Im, Joohye Yoo, Eunsil Choi) are remembering their happy memories in each room. (NewsCulture)   ©Hyeonji Yoon

▲ Dalsu(acted by Jicheol Kim) is singing about his past time.  (NewsCulture)   ©Hyeonji Yoon

▲ The district magistrate(acted by Jinyoung Yoon) is about to arrest the people in the Maeseolbang. (from the left side; Eunsil Choi, Jicheol Kim, Joohye Yoo, Jihoon Kim, Sora Im).  (NewsCulture)   ©Hyeonji Yoon

▲ Dalsu(Right side, acted by Jicheol Kim) is revealing himself the storyteller who gives a satirical story. (NewsCulture)   ©Hyeonji Yoon

▲ Hotae(Right side, Jihoon Kim) is giving a pan to Dalsu(acted by Jicheol Kim) (NewsCulture)   ©Hyeonji Yoon

▲ Dalsu(acted by Jicheol Kim) is talking with Sanbaji. (NewsCulture)   ©Hyeonji Yoon

▲ I-deok(acted by Joohye Yoo) is presenting her happiness. (NewsCulture)   ©Hyeonji Yoon

▲ The peoplel are taking about their wish. (NewsCulture)   ©Hyeonji Yoon

▲ Dalsu and Hotae  is conducting storytelling in a jail.  (NewsCulture)   ©Hyeonji Yoon

▲ People (From the left side; Jinyoung Yoon, Jihoon Kim, Joohye Yoo, Eunsil Choi, Sora Im, Jicheol Kim) is singing about a wish.  (NewsCulture)   ©Hyeonji Yoon

Musical ‘Pann: The Stage’
Period: December 7 to December 31, 2017
Time: Tue-Fri 8 pm / Sat 3 pm, 7 pm / Sun 3 pm
Venue: Jeongdong Theater
Written by Eunyoung Jeong, Music by Yoonseul Park, Directed by Jeongju Byeon
Actors: Jicheol Kim, Jihoon Kim, Eunsil Choi, Juhye Yoo,
Jinyoung Yoon, Sori Im, Youngseok Choi.
Inquiry : +82-(0)2-751-1500

[PANN: The Stage] Musical “Pann: The Stage” is re-staged! A story of the best story tellers in Joseon era!

Musical “Pann: The Stage” was selected as the third performance of “Creation-ing” project .

This musical was the best performance of ‘Stage-up’ project organized by  CJ cultural foundation.

And it is re-staged in coming December, in Jeongdong Theater!


Musical <Pann: The stage>is an well-made contents which is developed through many steps.

After having the premier in march, it became popular.

It is story about “Jeon-gisu” which is the professional storyteller in Joseon era.

Here below the brief synopsis.

Dal-su, a noble man is attracted by story telling
after having met Hotae, a professional story teller who receives loves from all around the country.

Later, Dal-su lives a double life; a noble man in the day time and a story teller in the night time.

The story is presented with lots of humors and satires.

Most of the production team and of the actors involve again in the re-staged performance!

Jichul Kim in the role of Dal-su and Jihun Kim in the role of Hotae also involve again in the performance!

Here below the introduction of the two actors!

This is Jichul Kim who acts as Dal-su.

He have had active work for musicals and plays.

He has acted for Musical Bathman(2017), Little Jack(2017), The great Gatsby(2017), Pyro-sonata(2017).

And this is Jihun Kim, who acts as Hotae.

He acts various kinds of characters.

He has acted for Musical Laundry(2009-2017), Romance in Luck (2017), The good youth(2015), Late night restaurant(2014).

It is expected to be also “new” performance with the two actors!

This performance will make the end of the year memorable!

I hope you enjoy the performance for your end of year!