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Interview with Yoonsoo Kim, Choreographer of “Silla”

Based on the ancient Persian epic, ‘Kush Nama’,

‘Silla’ is a performing arts that describe the great epic with the fantastic stage arts.

And Yoonsoo Kim, the choreographer of the show delivers the story through the arts of body

and his dance is mainly consist of Korean traditional dance which is very beautiful and dynamic.

Here below the interview with him.


Yoonsoo Kim, Choreographer of ‘Silla’
The top dancer of the National Dance Company
Awarded by ‘Kim Baikbong Arts Arward’

 
 
Q. What is your point on the choreography of “Silla”?
-I focused on the cause-and-effect in the story. In other words, the flow of the story and the fantasy.
Therefore, I have thought many times on the motions and description replacing dance to describe the changes of the character.
For example, at some point, the characters move all together like one person.
On the other hands, each character has its own personality and specific figure to show the crash of ideologies from one and another.
Also, I tried to complete it under the scrip and the direction of the director.
Q. You might have concerned a lot following the director’s structure of new genre and concepts. 
 
– Seongsin Choi, the director, is very creative person who always creats a new direction.
I think, therefore, he could created this performance which is created as new genre.
 New ideas from the staffs support the creative thinking of the director
and they complete the new genre and the structure of this performance.
The new genre which is so called ‘performance like a show’ is completed by the equipment including the stage and the light.
And the dance maximizes the story describing the flow.

Q. Then what is the role and the effect of the dance in the performance where the technology of stage is maximized?
 
– It is required to have a medium that connect the technology, the story and the characters.
I think, ‘Dance’ is the importance medium which give the connection.
Through the dance, the equipment and the space are explained.
While the stage equipment and the music attract audiences’ audio-visual sense,
the dance attracts their emotion and helps them to understand the story.

Q. Actually, the visual distinction between the people from Silla and the people from Persian is clear.
Do you have any distinction on the dance between the two ethnics?
– As you mentioned,
the two ethnics are distinguished from one and another one dimensional way including the stage, costumes, and lights.
In addition, it is required to consider there cultural communication tradition such as motion and language.
Unfortunately, there are not many resources regarding Persia.
Therefore, the imagination is required.
As Persia is masculine nation, it is described as military culture using dynamic and powerful motion.
On the other hands, Silla is described as the opposite style such as soft and tolerant world.
From the distinction of choreography describing the two nation,
it is clear to see the good and the evil when the two nation appear at the same time.

Q. I’ve heard that the choreography of upgraded ‘Silla’ is based on ‘Korean newly arts dance(신무용)’
Could you please explain about the ‘Korean newly arts dance’?
 
– The meaning of ‘Korean newly arts dance’ is  ‘a dance which is newly created from 1920 in Korea’.
The genre is a importance cultural asset for the history of modern dance in Korea.
Because it is a bridge between the traditional dance and contemporary creation.
Most distinguished part which shows ‘Korean newly arts dance’ is the finale which consists of ‘Hyangbalmu’.
It is really attractive dance in which dancers hold ‘Hyangbal(Small percussion)’.
I borrowed elements of the ‘Korean newly arts dance’
while the whole dance structure is distinguished from the ‘Korean newly arts dance’.
Also, every elements including stage, light, costumes and make-up are well harmonized in the finale.
The ‘Korean newly arts dance’ is reflected as ‘old styled dance’ or ‘traditional dance’ but it is still realized on the stage with new format.
I hope I could retain the dance for the future.
Q. Do you have any specific philosophy as a choreographer of Korean dance?
– Korean dance has a long history. Therefore, it is required to understand its history and meaning through the dance.
I  feel a call to present the dance with the deep value of Korean dance as well as to transform it contemporary value.

2017 Jeongdong Theater Gyeongju Brand Performance

Performing Art <Silla>

▶Period : Until December 31

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

▶Venue : Gyeongju World Cultural Expo Theater (Cultural Center)

▶Ticket : VIP 50,000 won / R 30,000 won / S 20,000 won

▶Inquiry : +82-(0)54-740-3800

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Please click to access the reservation page

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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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‘Silla’ through the photos

[Jeongdong Press: <Silla> Review]

A Seouler visits Jeongdong Theater in Gyeongju!

<Silla> through the photos 

Jeongdong Theater, one is located in Seoul and one another in Gyeongju.

Today, as a Seouler, I visited Jeongdong Theater in Gyeongju!

And will show you it through the photos!

<Silla> is a hidden story about Silla and Persia for a thousand years.

King Jamshid who was attacked by Arab harbors his son Abitin with the national treasures and heirlooms.

King Jamshid meets his death while he depends the palace and Abitin  swears to come back to Persia.

Abitin falls in love with Frarang, the tomboy princess of Silla at the beach.

They have a secret wedding but they part
as Abitin has to go back to Persia with his army in order to keep the promise with his father.

Parting from her lover, Frarang recalls of the memories with Abitin and hopes for him to be safely back to Persia.

After coming back to Persia, Abitin became the King after defeating the enemy and rehabilitating the country.

The joy of the victory does not last long,

Zahak, the dark devil appears and Abitin meets his death by the attack of the dark devil.

And Zahak usurps the throne.

Frarang who is left alone in Silla gives birth to her son ‘Peridun’ by her self.

Peridun takes after curious Frarang and strong Abitin and he leave to his father’s home town Persia with his mother
escorted by the army of Silla.

Persia dominated by Zahak is too dark.

Frarang and Feridun find the corpse of Abitin and fight a battle.

Feridun becoes the King after beating off Zahak and having a funeral of Abitin.​

However, Zahak calls another dark devil ‘Kush’

and attack to Silla where is the paradise..

Silla gets a huge damage because of Kush’s attack.

However, Frarang and Peridun have a victory due to the Persian army.

Peridun on the throne of Silla

and Silla again on the peace.

The musical ‘Silla’ comes to the end with the peace of Silla.​

The performance is with colorful costume and wonderful stage affects.

It was worthwhile to go to Gyeongju from Seoul!​

I would like to recommend you to travel in Gyeongju in this good Autumn days.

It would be very memorable day with the performance.