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[Review] Let’s see ‘Lotus’ through various points of view

 

▲Role of Seoryeon_Haneul Cho​

Seoryeon is a woman who is most talented dancer in the court.

In the festival of the court in order to pray for the reign of peace, she presents her dance playing Haeguem.

Her smile like an yellow flower and the melody of Haegeum add more beauty on her dance.

Her dance definitely rises above the other dancers.

The king is fascinated by her in a moment. In this reason, the jealous queen throw her out from the court.

▲Role of Dodam_Jinhong Jeon​

There is another man who fell in love to Seoryeon. That is Dodam, the best worrier of the court.

He has had a secret crush on Seoryeon with whom he passed his childish in the court.

Therefore he could not stay calm during his training because of his heart to Seoryeon
and of concerning about her who was thrown away from the court.

While he was looking at a Lotus and thinking about Seoryeon,

he hears to a melody of Haegeum which is carried by the wind.

He wanders in the forest following the melody and finally he sees her.

▲Role of Dodam_Jinhong Jeon​, Role of Seoryeon_Haneul Cho

They confirm the love to each other under the moonshine.

They draw the ‘melody of the love’ playing Daegeum and Haegeum together.

 ​Tip for enjoying <Lotus, A Flower Comes Out Once More> 

From the various points of view!

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Point of view No. 1 “Han(限, feeling of oppression)” The representative emotion of Korean people.

This story is about ‘Han(限)’ , the sorrowful feeling of Seoryeon.

She has beautiful mind and talent but her life is turbulent from the outside effect.

In the unavoidable life, she bears resentment.

She endures many difficulties and prison life to keep her real love toward Dodam.

However she looses her life from the sword of the King and her feeling of oppression comes out to the story.

Her sorrowful dance is not as same as the adorable dance in the first part of the story

and it describes the deep missing heart.

If you see the story through ‘Han(feeling of oppression)’ which is the collective feeling  of Korea,

You can totally understand and feel the emotion of Seoryeon
and can see the change of her dance from the adorable to sorrowful!

▲Role of Seoryeon_Haneul Cho

And the story talking about the feeling of oppression definitely has the story of solving the oppression!

If you see the story with the point of view of the feeling of oppression,
you can feel the deep meaning of the revivification in the last part of the performance.

It could be solved by the involved person

but also it could be solve by the power of wish and love from the others.

The peak of the story.

The ritual for revivification where Seoryeon’s oppression is solved leaves a catharsis to the audiences!!

▲Role of Mohwa_Narae​ ​

Point of view No. 2  The two musical instruments of protagonists

Let’s look into the femininity and masculinity of two instruments.

Seoryeon and Dodam dance playing instruments.

It is impressive of the harmony between dancing and playing music in their love scene.

The harmony of the two instruments symbolizes the love of Dodam and Seoryeon.

But why it is Daegeum and Haegeum?

Haegeum is traditionally symbolized as a feminine instrument
from it’s figure and meaning of the two strings that one is smiling string and the other is crying string.

It is not recognized as a instruments played by women but it is recognized as ‘Feminine instrument’ because of it’s sound.

Daegeum has a power of vibration so it is recognized as masculine instruments.

It is because of the straight image of ‘bamboo’  and the sound.

As this performance is dance drama without the lines,

the gender image of the instruments and its’ harmony through the music make the clear what the story want to say..

Point of view No. 3  Climatic sound of drum 

The shaman ‘Mohwa’ performs the ritual for revivification of Seoryeon.

For the climatic scene where everyone’s wishes are gathering, the sound of drum can not be missed.

For the long moment, only sound of the drum takes place rather than the melodic music.

Why?

In this scene, every actors are on the stage.

The one wish is described by the sound of drum.

The one wish from all for the revivification of Seoryeon is described by the drum sound which continue the beat.

And it sounds like the sounds of the heart beating so it make the audiences wish the heart beating of Seoryeon.

The tension and the drum sound like a heart beating gather the stage and the audience in the one.

Right after the drum sounds, Seoryeon finally revives miraculously.

2017 Jeongdong Theater Tradition Seriese

<Lotus, A Flower Come Out Once More>

▶Until October 29

▶Tue-Sun (4 pm / 8 pm) *No performance on Mondays

▶at Jeongdong Theater

​Tickets :  VIP 60,000 KRW / R 50,000 KRW / S 40,000 KRW

▶Inquiry : 02-751-1500

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)

The love between a court dance and an warrior could be safe in Joseon court?

In early morning,

Mohwa, a shaman of court set the altar at the garden of the palace.

Praying for the stability and the good harvest,
She starts a ritual.

The company of the kind and the queen appears on the stage.

Dancers present ‘Parilmu’, one of the ritual dance
and the festival begins.​​

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▲ Parilmu_Korean traditional ritual dance

Praying for the reign of peace, queen dances ‘Taepyeongmu”.

▲ Taepyeongmu_Dance for “Reign of peace”

Answering the queen’s dance, court dancers present “Sonbuk-chum”(a handy percussion dance)

and warriors present a sward dance.​

▲ Sonbuk-chum_a handy percussion dance

▲ Sword dance(Gum-mu)

​​

The best dancer in the court is Seoryeon.

And the best warrior is Dodam.

They lead the ceremony in the center of the stage.​​

and..

As Seoryeon starts dance playing Haeguem,
the king fascinated by Seoryon.

▲ The best dancer, Seoryeon, in her Haegeum dance.

​In addition,

the king reveals his greedy toward Seoryeon dancing with her.

Therefore, the queen leaves the place with a big jealous.

The queen couldn’t bear the jealous.

Finally, she drives Seoryeon of the palace.

In a forest,

​Dodam recalls Seoryeon’s face seeing Lotus while his training in the forest.

He has loved Soryeon since he was young.

However, he is now very mixed up as he saw the king’s greedy and the queen’s jealous toward Seoryeon.​​

After the training is finished and his company leave,
he hears a little sound of Haeguem from some where.​

Dodam realizes that it is Seoryeon’s music and he starts to find her in the forest.

And finally the two face to each other.

Soryeon who played Haeguem in her sorrow, set her heart at ease due to Dodam
and they confirm their love.

Seoryeon presents her love playing Haeguem
and Dodam answers the love playing Daeguem.

The love song fills in the forest.​

“A Love Song”

In a warm spring day

We brighten each other up

like a sunshine

 

The touched hands

The connected eyes

Full of Romance

 

Love made in heaven

My love at first sight

All around world is charming and beautiful

 

It is joyful

The sound flew by a breeze

 

Oh, sad

Because of the time which flies like a cloud

 

 

Don’t worry

Don’t be sad

The destiny is always with you

It is joyful

The sound flew by a breeze

Oh, sad

Because of the time which flies like a cloud

Don’t worry

Don’t be sad

The destiny protects them

Oh, Destiny

After confirming their love, Dodam and Seoryeong kiss under the moonshine.

At that time,

in other part of the forest, King is hunting.

Seoryeon and Dodam walk through the forest and across King’s path.

King is upset because he see Seoryeon and Dodam is together
and the king approach to Seoryeon but Dodam stop him.

The King is angry because of Dodam
and he aim arrow toward Dodam.

Dodam falls down from the attack of King’s soldier.

King and his company go back to the palace hauling Seoryeon.

After Seoryeon has been hauled to the palace,
she swallows down lots of insult.

However she overcomes the fear and keeps her heart toward her lover.

Therefore, King prisons Seoryeon in a jail.

Seoryeon misses her lover in the jail.

Dodam steals into the palace with her army.

Finally, the battle of the king and Dodam starts.

King takes up a swords and starts the battle.​

Seoryeon defended her lover throwing her body to the sword of the king
and she meets her death instead of her lover, Dodam.

Dodam sobs facing the death of his lover.​

The court shaman, Mohwa appears with ritual dance.

Seoryeon is laid on Mohwa’s altar.

Mohwa and her company starts the ritual of revivification.

Group dance praying for the life starts and everyone’s wish for the life leads the dance.

The ritual becomes more and more strong.

At a moment,

Mohwa’s dance stops and silence comes.

In a short silence..

Seoryeon will revive answering everyone’s wish?


In palace of Joseon,
The love of Seoryeon and Dodam is not allowed from the king.

Does their love work out?​

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2017 Jeongdong Theater Tradition Serise

<Lotus, A Flower Comes Out Once More>

​Period : April. 6th – October 29th

Time & Day : Tue-Sun 4 pm / 8 pm (No performance on Mondays)

Venue : Jeongdong Theater

​Ticket : VIP 60,000 KRW / R 50,000 KRW / S 30,000 KRW

Inquiry : 02-751-1500

Reservation link :

http://ticket.interpark.com/Ticket/Goods/GoodsInfo.asp?GoodsCode=17003071

A beautiful Storytelling Through Korean Traditional Dance

Bloom, please bloom again.
Today is the day forgetting the withered days.

– Lotus, A Flower Come Out Once More-

The elegant and graceful dance is on the stage of Jeongdong Theater as the part of the performance “Lotus, A Flower Come Out Once More” which is opened on April. 6th.

The performance will be on the stage till October 29th and it is presenting the Korean traditional arts such as court entertainment, sword dance etc.

Two traditional tales are combined for the new story.

[▲Court ceremony and entertainment ⒸJeongdong Theater]

The story consists of two Korean traditional folk tales. One is “The tale of Ms. Domi” and the other is “Igongbonpuri” which is shamanic storytelling.

“The tale of Ms. Domi” is a story about that the king desire Ms. Domi but she overcomes the differences with her wisdom and finally she confirm her love to her husband. and “Igongbonpuri” is a story about Wongangami who revived by a flower of revivification.

[▲The love of Dodam and Seoryeon ⒸJeongdong Theater]

The two folk tales was retold by the story of the love of Dodam and Seoryeon and their difficulties and overcome.
Through the story, the audiences can understand easily even if there are on lines and enjoy the colorful traditional dance of Korea. Also, it is a huge merit for the foreign audiences so it is easy to find them in the auditorium.

The essence of Korean traditional dance

[▲Hunting of the king ⒸJeongdong Theater]

You can meet all kinds of Korean traditional dance on the stage such as Taepyeongmu, Parilmu and sword dance etc.
The director of the performance, Chunghan Kim, said,
“I focused on the essence of the Korean traditional dance as well as the contemporary sense.”
It is a great opportunity to see the colorful Korean traditional dances which have traditional and contemporary sense at the same time.
Also, the music is remarkable as well as the dance. Especially, the music of Pansori in the peak scene helps your understanding.

If you want to feel the exciting Korean tradition, you should see the show.

[▲ Dance of Seoryoen, the best dancer of the court. ⒸJeongdong Theater]

Under the colorful light, the motions of the actors has elegance like wings of  cranes.

[▲The altar of Mohwa ⒸJeongdong Theater]

Especially, the scene of ‘the altar of Mowha’ is the best. Many actors hit Buk(Korean traditional percussion) praying for revivification of Seoryeon and the group dance makes the audiences falling into a trance.

Eunhee Kang, an audience of the performance who came with her daughter said,
“I loosed my mind from the beautiful dance and hope many people see this performance to learn more about Korean traditional dance.”

[▲Revivification of Seoryeon ⒸJeongdong Theater]

<Lotus, A Flower Comes Out Once More> offers an opportunity to meet a new sense of Korean traditional dance.
If you want to experience the colorful traditional dance and music, you should visit to Jeongdong Theater.

Stage Installation of “Lotus, A Flower Comes Out Once More”

Stage Installation of
“Lotus, A Flower Come Out Once More”

I visited to the site of installation before the performance <Lotus, A Flower Come Out Once More> is opened.

From my report, I hope you will get some information of the performance concept and background etc!

 

This is the panorama of the stage!

It seems bigger than usual stage of Jeongdong theater.

Because the orchestra seats were removed for this performance so the stage is expended.

Also, there are some more space behind the arch.

I expect that the stage places are used very effectively as it is dance-theater.

There are three points of the feature on the stage!

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1st point : Painted pond by hand work

​Can you see the working staff of the stage arts team?

To make a live atmosphere of pond, she draw on the stage.

Usually, the stage floor has one color
but the stage of Jeongdong Theater has changed as a pond and it became very colorful.​

It seems to deliver the symbol of pond where the lotus comes out.​

2nd Point : Mirrors

Can you see the transparent wall at the side of the stage?

There are not glasses but mirrors.

Can you imagine the scene which is reflected on the mirror?

It might give an effect of expended stage as well as the atmosphere surrounded by a pond.!

​3rd Point :  Korean traditional columns

The Korean traditional columns located behind of the stage show​ the background of the story.

The stage floor with pond paint gave the atmosphere of out doors
but the columns give the atmosphere of in doors.

Also, it has a detailed design of columns in Korean traditional housing.

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​It seemed like another world for me.

Very Korean traditional but very imaginary at the same time.

I hope this helps you to understand more about the performance.​​

“Lotus, A Flower Come Out Once More” runs till Oct. 29th.

[Lotus, A Flower Comes Out Once More] Two folktales in the performance.

[Jeongdong Press : <Lotus, A Flower Comes Out Once More>_’The tale of Mrs Domi’ and  ‘Igongbonpuri’]

<Lotus, A Flower Comes Out Once More>

Where you can meet the essence of Korean Dance.

Jeongdong Theater, which is located in Jeongdong-gil; the beautiful street in flower-blooming pring,

has a meaning of succession of ‘Wongaksa’, the first modern theater in Korea.

Jeongdong has presented performances which retells Korean folktales
and has help the audiences to understand it with qualified stage.

Especially, <Lotus, A Flower Comes Out Once More>, which has its premier on last April. 6,
is a well-made Korean traditional dance drama on which Korean folktales and traditional dance are combined.

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This performance sends us a message about the true love,
combining Korean folktales and newly recreating them as a Korean traditional dance drama.

At the first, ‘The tale of Mrs Domi’ is a folktale of the period of three states in Korea.

The king of Baekje has Mrs Domi, a humble woman, in his mind and he put her in danger to make her parting with her husband.

However, with her wise courage, she overcomes from the trick of the king confirming the love with her husband.

Igongbonpuri, another folktale in the performance, is a narrative shamanic myth in Jeju.

The story is about a woman called Wongangam who died after her slave life in difficulties.

She finally comes to life again as a flower called Wongangami
thanks to her husband and son who buried her body in a flower garden.

These two stories were combined and the performance <Lotus, A Flower Comes Out Once More> came out.

This story which came from the two folktales contains the theme of ‘overcoming’ and ‘reviving’
which feature frequently in Korean traditional ideology
so the meanings are coming heavily to the audiences who live in modern society.

The image of strong woman from Mrs Domi and Wongangami is described
into Seoryeon’s character, the protagonist of the performance.

In the background of imaginary Joseon Dynasty, this performance presents
the image of wise and strong woman who keeps her ideals in the difficulties
and the path of achieving her wishes from her revive
into traditional dance drama.

The lyrics from <A song of floral tribute> and <A love song> cite words from folktales which are very familiar to Korean people
and it raises bond of sympathy.

Also, you can see various Korean traditional dance
such as
parilmu, a dance performed by 64 female dancers in ritual ceremony,

Taepyeongmu, a dance praying for the peaceful reign and prosperity of the royal family,

Geommu, a traditional sword dance which became powerful in the performance as man’s dance.

I would love to strongly recommend this performance
to whom love Korean traditional dance and look forward beautiful dance performance!

[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.

Interview with Chunghan Kim, Director and Choreographer of ‘Lotus, A Flower Comes Out Once More’

[Interview : Junghan Kim, Director/ Choreographer]

I met Chunghan Kim, the director and Choreographer
of <Lotus, A Flower Comes Out Once More>
2017 Jeongdong Theater Tradition Series.

Q. Please talk about the title and the concept of <Lotus,>.

The title <Lotus> came from the name of the protagonist, ‘Seo-ryeon’.
(‘Ryeon’ literally means ‘Lotus’ in Korean language.)

The story borrow its motif from ‘the tale of Mrs Domi’ of the period of three stages in Korea
and ‘Igongbonpuri’ , a shamanic tale from Jeju Island.

The main characters are the King and his man, general ‘Dodam’ and dancer ‘Seo-ryeon’.

‘Seo-ryeon’ is a important character of the story as she receive the loves from the King and Dodam at the same time.

Dodam and Seo-ryeon confirmed their love and it is reason why relationship of the king and Dodam has problem.

The tension from the triangle love is the main concept of this performance.

Q. What is the symbol of the subtitle,
‘A flower Comes Out Once More’?

The king is a character who let Seo-ryeon in for pain and difficulties using his power.

However, she protects her self from the power.

I would like to deliver two messages through this story.

First, the King who uses his power in incorrect way is very similar with our social situation.

There are many people who got hurt from it.

Therefore I wish the people get more hope and comport from the reincarnation of Seo-ryeon.

Second, I would like to talk about ‘Love’ and the beauty of Seo-ryeon
through the character of a woman who keep the beauty her self against the power of the king.

​Q. What is the meaning of ‘Love’
that you want to describe in this performance?

I think ‘Love’ does not consist of only one emotion.

‘Love’ contains Sorrow, Missing, Frustration and sometimes pain.

Therefore, Love contains various kinds of story in there.

The complex of every emotion is ‘Love’.

I would like to present various kinds of ‘Love’ through the love of Seo-ryeon.

​Q. I can feel your love toward ‘Seo-ryeon’ from your talking.

What Do you think the attraction of ‘Seo-ryeon’ is?

As I mentioned before, Seo-ryeon is a character who is the best dancer in the court
so she have lots of artistic value such as singing, dancing and playing instruments.

In this performance, I expect that the audience could fee the best beauty of the Korean traditional dance.

Q. How do you like your position,
the director and the choreographer at the same time?

It has been more than 10 year that I work as a director.
Normally, directors of drama theater take part as the director of dance drama
but I think there is a gap of a veiw between the theater director and the choreographer.

As the main element of description in <Lotus,> is ‘Korean traditional Dance’,
I did my best to raise the completion presenting the scene directed by a choreographer.

Through this performance, I would like to present my own directing style.


Q. What do you think  what your style is? 

Every work that I have directed contains ‘Love story’.

Mainly I present the love like triangle love to put the conflict.

Also, the directing style of ending scene, I keep it my self.

Q. What is the popularity of the tradition from the style of Chunghan Kim?

I think the communication is the most important thing to have popularity.

We don’t need to make the performance difficult to understand.

There are many performance of dance which is difficult to understand, but it is reason why the dance drama could not be popular
because the audience could not communicate with the performance.

Therefore I make the drama which can be felt the sympathy easily putting the ‘love’ which always can be shared with all.

Q. As this performance is one of the Jeongdong theater Tradition Sereis,
You also take care about the foreign audiences.

It is of course to have the foreign audiences in mind for the Jeongdong Theater work.

Especially in order to make the foriegners fee comportable,
I tried to transform the tradition in the range of not giving the damage to the original one.
In the part of the music, I also make the tempo fast which was originally slow beat.

If you come to Korean and see this performance <Lotus,>,
you can enjoy and feel the beauty of the Korean traditional culture.

The stage set which has background of the palace and the traditional costumes will show you the pick of the colorful Korean tradition
and through the Korean traditional music and court dance, you can feel the essence of the Korean traditional culture.

Q.How was the collaboration with the staffs
in charge of music, stage and costume?

In this work, most of staffs are my colleagues who have worked with me for many times.
Therefore, we have trust to each others so there was any difficulties.

Q. What is your best scene is <Lotus,>?

The last scene. When you see the scene where seo-ryeon revived, you can feel your heart bleeding

As the scene is the most important part of the performance, we set to the rehearsal at the first time as well as have rehearsal many time. Therefore I love this last scene.

Q. What do you think the viewing point ?

I produced this performance laying emphasis on the tradition. 

Through this chance, I wish that many audiences could know about the Korean traditional music instruments more
and could feel the beauty of the traditional costume.

I tried to complete it through exhaustive research

therefore, it contains every Korean tradition in the valance of the tradition studies and the creation.

I hope that it can be a enough study on the Korean traditional culture
when you not just follow the story but also observe the costumes, instruments and stage set.

Interviewer _ Seokryu Chang (Chief of Marketing Dept.)
Arrangement_Jeongdong Press Minji Kim

[Interview] Haneul Cho_ Main Dancer of ‘Lotus, A Flower Comes Out Once More’

[Interview : Haneul Cho_Main Dancer of ‘Lotus, A Flower Comes Out Once More]

2017 Jeongdong Theater Tradition Series 

<Lotus, A Flower Come Out Once More>

Meeting with Haneul Cho, the Main Dancer !

 

It was last of March in the full of spring whether,
I visited in the rehearsal room of <Lotus, A Flower Comes Out Once More> which will be opened soon at April. 6.

I saw actors who go at their rehearsal in details even if it was the lunch time.

I interviewed Haneul Cho who acts as ‘Seo-ryon’, the main character to know more about the performance!

Let’s meet her together!

Q: Please introduce your self and your character, ‘Seo-ryeon’
A: Hello
. My name is Haneul Cho and I act ‘Seo-ryeon’, the main character in the performane ‘Lotus, A Flower Comes Out Once More’. The name of ‘Seo-ryeon’ means ‘Water Lily which comes out at dawn, early in the morning’. She is the best dancer in the court who is good at play music and dance.

Q: What do you focus for describe the character ‘Seo-ryeon’?
A: In a scene where Seo-ryeon dances with Heaguem, a Korean traditional instrument, I’m doing my best to contain the emotion rather then just describe the playing of the instrument.

Q: Did you refer to any other character in Movie or Drama to describe ‘Seo-ryeon’? 
A: When you see the performance, you also will find that this performance is very resemble to <Romeo and Juliet> in the part of emotion. To describe the love, conflict and sorrow, I refer to the movie. Also, I refer to a Korean historical drama, <Dong-i> where the main character play Haegeum in her joy or sorrow.


Q: What is your specially difficult thing or joyful thing to act ‘Seo-ryeon’ relative to other role that you did?
A: I have played Haeguem in many times but I’ve never dance with it.

​It is very difficult to describe various emotions through the dance with the instrument
becuase I was experienced to describe the emotion only through my body.

However it became the most joyful and interest part as I’ve rehears it a lot.

Q: Performances of Jeongdong Theater mostly have a form of drama telling with Korean traditional dance.
As you are a dancer, what is the different thing compare with general dance performances?

A: The general dance performances only focus on the movement of dancer but in this performance, Chung-han Kim, the director, checked acting in very detail.

Also as Jeongdong theater has a stage which is very close to the audiences for comunication,
It is also different thing that it is easy to generously deliver the emotion and the atmosphere of the dram through the dance.

Q: Please introduce the highlight scene of <Lotus, A Flower Comes Out Once More>
A: In <Lotus, A Flower Comes Out Once More>,
the highlights is Korean traditional group dance such as sword dance, small drum dance and five drums dance
as well as the love story.

Also the haegeum play of Seo-ryeon and Daegeum play of Dodam also scenes that you should never miss.

Q: As before the opening on April.6,
Please give any recommendation to the audiences who will come to see the performance. 

A: The performance <Lotus, A Flower Comes Out Once More> which will begin at the spring of April
will give you the smell of the spring and the romance like a cherry blossom.

We, all of the actors and the staffs, prepared this performance on our best. Please give more interest and love to it!

How was the interview?

Did you feel more about the performance and ‘Seo-ryeon’ through the interview?

Please give more interest to all about ‘Seo-ryeon’ on the real stage!

 

[Jeongdong Press] Rehearsal Sketch of Lotus, A Flower Comes Out Once More

[Jeongdong Press : Rehearsal Sketch of ‘Lotus, A Flower Comes Out Once More’ ]

2017 Jeongdong Theater Tradition Series

Rehearsal Sketch of ‘Lotus, A Flower Comes Out Once More’!

* Meeting ‘Lotus’ which comes out once more on Jeongdong-gil where flowers are in full bloom *

In April when flowers of spring are full bloom in Jeongdong Theater

A Korean traditional dance drama, Lotus A Flower Comes Out Once More, is on the stage.

I was so excited to meet the work of truly love flower in Jeongdong Theater
which is located in Jeongdong-gil, well-known as the back ground of ‘love song of Kwanghwamun’

I show you the rehearsal sketch where the theater team were preparing the premier of Aril.6 .

Lotus, A Flower Come Out Once More is a original theater play
which borrows the motive from two Korean folk tales
contaning the spirit and the ideology of Korea.

‘Seo-ryeon’, the best dancer of the court
and
‘Dodam’, the greatest general of the court

The dance and face of the two main characters present well the image of a man and woman in love.

Even if this is a non-verbal performance, the detail of dance describes well everything
so it is enjoyable to see it!​

The two tales which Lotus, A Flower Comes Out Once More borrowed are
‘The Tale of Mrs. Domi’ of ancient tale and ‘Igongbonpuri’, a shamanic myth.

From the tale of Mrs. Domi, the story of that a husband and a wife confirmed their love
from where a King who is a lady-killer lusts for the wife but the wife overcomes wisely borrowed.

And from ‘Igongbonpuri’ which is a shamanic tale in Jeju,

The story of that a dead wife is revived by a flower from ‘Seocheon’ is borrowed for the drama.

In this performance,

The King is captivated by Seo-ryon’s beauty that resembles a fragrant flower.
Realizing this, the queen burns with jealousy and throws Seo-ryon out of the palace.

Dodam and Seo-ryeon confirm their love for each other out of the palace.
However, the king’s solders combat ensues as Do-dam tries to stop them from taking her.

As Seo-ryon refuses to submit to the king’s orders of tending to him at night,
The King imprisons her.

From here, the remarkable activities of Dodam to save ‘Seo-ryeon’ starts.

Please look forward to it!​

It is a story tells about a woman who protects herself from power corrupts
and a miracle of reincarnation in adversity.

I thought that it is a story which makes the audiences think about the real love
which is missed in the contemporary era.

On the spring of 2017, Please don’t miss this performance!

More information about the performance on

http://www.jeongdong.or.kr/play/playInfo/view.do?seq=105