Hajimaji nolgutpulgut: A Novice Shaman Takes Over the Stage
03 Jul, 2020~
05 Jul, 2020
Studio - One
Friday 18:30ㅣWeekend 14:00
Age Restriction Suitable for ages 14 and over
* Due to the government's announcement on indefinite extension of COVID-19 quarantine measures in the Seoul metropolitan area, ticket sales have been temporarily suspended. Thank you for your kind understanding.
* Please ensure you arrive 30mins before the program time. The box office can be busy and you may need to queue.
* We will endeavor to admit latecomers at the first suitable opportunity, which may be the interval. For some Events late admission cannot be guaranteed.
* Re-entry is mostly NOT allowed. In an exceptional case of re-entering, you may be seated in alternate seat locations to avoid disruption of the performance.
About the Showcase
Rediscovery of the Archetype of Korean Theater III
The showcases of Celebrating the Summer Solstice: Hajimaji nolgutpulgut reinterpret the messages of communication, consolation and empathy embedded in gut (Korean shamanic ritual). Through various attempts to achieve an interface between gut and theater, they serve as yeonhaengja, thereby breaking free from the popular conceptions of gut, and connecting theater with the audience. These showcases with different themes and forms have been produced by three yeonhaengja from various fields—carefully selected by the yeonhee director Nam In-woo in consideration of the purpose of the project.
* Yeonhaengja: the role of an intermediary between gods and humans in a traditional gut ritual usually fulfilled by a shaman
Leading the showcase as yeonhaengja, Kim Sol-ji is a traditional yeonhee specialist, whose work in music and theater has explored various points of contact between traditional art and contemporary aesthetics. Playwright Bae Hae-Youl, who previously garnered praise for his work Route 7, and talented musician and music director Kim Heon-ki have put their efforts together to create this monodrama. Novice shaman Kim Sol-ji unfolds narratives centered on Shakespeare and his characters—designed to comfort the souls of those who died because of theater.
“Great, I’ll perform a shamanic ritual on this stage today.”
Novice shaman Kim Sol-ji detects powerful spiritual energies and sets out to perform the first stage of a shaman rite. She whistles and searches everywhere for the spirits that have infiltrated the theater. Finally, she finds them crouched down in the seats and covered in blood. As it turns out, these people—no, these ghosts—all died because of theater!