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Pungmul: Traditonal Korean Farmer's Music and Dance

Vongku Pak

Aug 2007

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May 28, 2013

Sat Jund 15th 7pm@ White Wave John Ryan Theater

25 Jay St. Brooklyn, NY 11201 (between John St & Plymouth St)

Artistic direction by Vong Pak

Featured by VP Korean Drum and Dance Troupe: Vong Pak, Hee-youg Sunwoo, Hansang Lee, Sophie Yoon

Special Guests

Oak Joo Moon’s Pansori (Korean One Man Opera) Shimcheongga

Kuntok Jang on buk

Yusun Kang’s Jindo bukchoom

Lighting design by Hae Jin Han

Admission $15 at door

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Pungmul, also known as nongack or samulnori is a traditional Korean percussive music and dance genre performed by farmers. In these days, not much of Korea or NYC is an agricultural society anymore, but VP Korean Drum and Dance Troupe, under Vong Pak’s artistic direction, still embodies not just the technical methods but also the spirit of pungmul, which encourages, entertains and unifies communities through the power of tradition.

This performance brings out the authentic pungmul form - the composition of instruments, costumes, jinpuri (choreography) – as well as seoljanggu and bupo-nori, which is the highlight of pungmul. Meanwhile janggu (hour glass drum) is the most significant instrument in traditional Korean music, because it is widely used in folk music as well as shaman ritual and court music, the seoljanggu performance showing how it coordinates breathing, beat and movement through the performance as well as the visualize effect of the dynamic energy materialized through the movement of the sangmo (long ribbon attached hat) dance. Also, while a dancer plays bupo-nori (feather attached hat dance), you can see the elegance of the movement that looks like a blossom of a flower.

Artistic director, Vong Pak is a Korean born and Brooklyn based performing artist, who has been solidly trained different region's pungmul. He is a Finalist for the 2012 NYFA Fellowship in the category of Folk/ Traditional Arts. He has been performed at numerous venues and festival in Tri- State New York as well as more than twenty countries. He is a currently residency teaching artist at East and West International Studies, Hunter College High School, Bayside High school among others.

*Pansori is a UNESCO Intangible Heritage of Humanity. The Simcheongga is an old story of 'Simcheongjeon' in opera form. Simcheong, the daughter of a blind man who sought to regain her father's vision by offering rice at a temple, she sold herself to a boatman as a sacrifice to the ocean in exchange for the rice. The Dragon King of the sea, however, was touched by her love and rescued her, reuniting her with her beloved father. A child's love for their parent is the central theme of this story.    From Korea Tourism Organization Web

** Jindo is an Island at Southern part of South Korea. Jindo is well preserved for the region’s traditional performing arts include bukchoom, which is a style of drum dance.

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