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!
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?
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
He is a young boy. Can you guess who he looks like?
He never takes off his mask during the whole musical.
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.
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.
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