Monday, 31 July 2017

Binari Dramaturgy: MAC company @ Edfringe 2017


A traditional Korean Storytelling

At C Venue C royale C royale (studio 4) venue 6

22 George Street, Edinburgh EH2 2PQ

A story about the life of an old woman who has been numbed by a difficult and challenging life. She arrives at the end of her life, but she cannot leave the world in peace. The woman represents the mother figure who has Han. 

This journey incorporates Korean folk songs, rituals, dances, artefacts and symbolic objects. Discover this poetic, mysterious and beautiful Korean tale. (Han is a Korean cultural expression for emotional baggage accumulated through pain and life trauma.)

Director : Jungnam Lee

Actors: Jungnam Lee, Jaewook Jung, Miran Sim, Sangmi Lee, Jeonghyeon Heo, Ziwon Yi,Kangrok Park, Taegyu Lee, Myeonghee Kim


MAC Company in association with Assembly Hall presents


A new creation by MAC Company

At Assembly Hall, Rainy Hall, Mound Place, EH1 2LU

Inspired by Korean traditional shamanistic rituals and beliefs, <Kokdu> is full of artistic languages: traditional folk songs, choreography, lines, exotic masks, shadows, and flamboyant attires. Especially, the innovative and modern scenography is notable.

Director : Jungnam Lee

Actors: Jungnam Lee, Miran Sim, Sangmi Lee, Jeonghyeon Heo, Ziwon Yi, Kangrok Park, Taegyu Lee, Myeonghee Kim

What was the inspiration for this performance?

It's from Korean tales and legends. 

Is performance still a good space for the public discussion of ideas? 

Yes as the audience is full of ideas after seeing a show. But maybe something ideas are coming the day after, when our brain sees the entire picture. 

How did you become interested in making performance?

Mr Lee the director worked in the industry for a long time now, it started with famous traditional shows and now adding a more modern point of view but still with this poetic and traditional way to do theatre. 

Is there any particular approach to the making of the show?

It's a lot devised. The dans parts are created by the actors and the songs are all traditional. All the actors are playing multi characters. 

Does the show fit with your usual productions?

yes indeed

What do you hope that the audience will experience?

Sharing our culture, it's a journey through human life and death. We love when the audience thinks about the message after the shows.

What strategies did you consider towards shaping this audience experience?

Well the magic of theatre will do the job! 

“Kokdu” is a wooden figurine used to decorate and to design aesthetically a bier called “Sangyeo” in Korean. Their purpose was to accompany and guide the deceased to the afterlife and to provide them with friendship, companionship, spiritual guidance, protection and entertainment along the way. This was a reflection of the optimistic perspective at the time on death and the afterlife, that a person’s passing shouldn’t be filled with sadness, but rather viewed as a celebration because, after all, the spirit lives on and is moving to a better place.

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