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[Lotus, A Flower Comes Out Once More] Two folktales in the performance. 련 : 다시 피는 꽃

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43, Jeongdong-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul (서울특별시 중구 정동길 43, B1F)

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

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

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.


Utilization information

・Performance Times : Tue-Sun 4pm /8pm Genre : Korean Music·Dance Date/Time : Apr 06, 2017 ~ Oct 29, 2017 Age Group : 8 and up Run time : 80 minutes

Access

[ Subway]
1) Seodaemun Station (Seoul Subway Line 5), Exit 5.
- Go straight 300m and turn right at the Jeongdong 4-way Intersection.
- Continue going straight 450m until you see the Jeongdong Theater on the left.

2) City Hall Station (Seoul Subway Line 1, 2), Exit 12.
- Walk 400m, following the stonewall road along Deoksugung Palace.
- Jeongdong Theater is located on the right side.

43, Jeongdong-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul


Traffic information

  • Subway Line 2 City Hall (시청)- 399.4m
  • Subway Line 1 City Hall (시청)- 399.4m
  • Subway Line 5 Seodaemun (서대문)- 548.5m
  • Subway Line 5 Gwanghwamun (Sejong Center for the Performing Arts) (광화문(세종문화회관))- 655.1m

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