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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!