[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.
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
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!