|[PAN] is a Korean traditional performance held in Gwanghwamun Art Hall, Korea's first modern theatre designed especially for Yeonhui (performances of traditional Korean performing arts), which opened in May, 2008. After a successful run, the first production ended in February 2009, but a new improved version of the show opened on the 1st April 2009 for a continuous run.
Filled with the deep artistic passion of Kim Duk-soo, the director of the performance, “Kim Duk-soo’s Traditional Yeonhui Performance [PAN]”, is one of the most popular performances of this kind in Korea. This “Yeonhui” contains performances of all different genres of Korean performing arts, such as music, dance, sori (traditional narrative song), theater, and acrobatics, and they are all presented in a spacious atmospheric “Madang” (courtyard space traditionally used for performances).
Special highlights on [PAN]’s program include Buk (drum) performances, Samulnori (percussion quartet), Pansori (Korean narrative song), traditional dance, masked dance, and Sogonori (small hand-held drum dance).
In a Korean Yeonhui there are no borders between tradition and modernity, no borders between the audience and the performers, and no borders between Koreans and other nationalities. Unite with other audience members from around the world and enjoy the infectious rhythms, bright colors, and vibrant energy of a Korean Yeonhui.
For hundreds of years, Yeonhui performances have started with Gillori, which is a song and dance that performers and the audience enjoy together before the official performance begins. Following Gillori, Chugwon (a praying ritual) is held. Chugwon, which wishes audiences happiness, is filled with traditional songs, dances, and music.
Ilgohwarak (Harmony of Drums)
Korea is considered to be the “”Land of Drums.” Korean drum music is well known for its ingenious rhythms and beats that are filled with spirit. There are various types of Korean drums, and their flat surfaces are made of leather, producing unique sounds. In the Ilgohwarak performance, the audience is exposed to powerful and extraordinary performances by Korean drum artists.
Pansori – The dramatic scene in the Simcheongga Song where blind “Simbongsa” opens his eyes
This performance is a dramatization of an old Korean tale about Simcheong, a devoted daughter who gives her life as an offering to Buddha in exchange for the return of her father’s vision. The point in the story when her father, Simbongsa, finds he is able to open his eyes is particularly moving.
Samdo Nongak Garak (Farmer's Rhythm of Korea)
Samulnori was the music farmers would play at celebrations. It is played on gongs and drums and includes energetic movement. It’s a vibrant extravaganza that’s a feast for both the eyes and the ears.
Samulnori is treasured in Korea and has been gaining fans all over the world, the Samdo Peasant Music Rhythms are the most the famous songs of Samulnori. Koreans believe that in Samulnori, the sounds of the heavens and the energy from the earth are dynamically released through these four instruments, expressing the harmony of the body and life of Koreans.
Huinoaerak (Joy, Anger, Sorrow and Happiness)
Koreans put their beliefs, life styles, and emotions into their traditional folk songs, which are known as Minyo. Minyo represents the soul and sound of traditional Korean villages, and have been handed down from generation to generation. Audiences will enjoy and appreciate the folk songs such as “Five Hundred Years” (Hanobaengnyeon) and “A Fishing Song” “Baennorae” during the show, “PAN”. These songs have bright melodies and rhythms, and their own traditional dance.
The Pannoreum section of the show actively involves the audience. This creates a sense of unity between the performers and the audience, and makes the show different every night.
Pannoreum consists of seven parts: Talchum (mask-dancing), Sogonori (performance with traditional percussion instruments), Jindo Bukchum (traditional drum-dancing), Beona, Jindo Buk Dance, Samulpangut, etc.
Sat-Sun & Holidays: 14:00
(No performance on Monday & Tuesday)
|VIP seat: 50,000 won
R seat: 40,000 won
S seat: 30,000 won
|Duration of Performance|
|Open to visitors ages 5 and over|
|Take subway line 3 to Gyeongbokgung Palace station exit #1, walk straight past Sajik park and after the park turn right. Go
straight (220m) and turn left onto Inwangsan-ro 1-gil Road. Continue until you find the Gwanghwamun Art Hall
on the left. The walk should take about 10 minutes.
You may also take Subway Line 3 to Dongnimmun station exit #3, or subway line 5 to Seodaemun station, exit #3, and take bus #5 and get off in front of the Gwanghwamun Art Hall.
|http://www.ghmarthall.com (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)|