Romeo and Juliet. Leo and Rose. There are many couples that define what love is in western culture. In Korea, there is Chun Hyang and Myeongron. The story of these two is the story of endless love that runs through much of contemporary culture today. In this traditional dance performance called “춤, 춘향 Chum, Chun Hyang” (literally, “Dance, Chun Hyang), audiences can experience the story yet again. I got the opportunity to watch it at the National Theatre of Korea last night.
I’m not knowledgeable when it comes to traditional Korean dance and thus, did not know what to really expect. And while I can’t say that it was the best dance performance I’ve seen, there were parts of it that I truly did enjoy.
There is a dance sequence that shows the season changing in the story. It starts with a simple, five-women dance for the onset of autumn and then breaks out into a beautiful, filled stage of dancers to show the beauty that is winter. The air was filled with white confetti and the dance captured the essence of snowfall that completely mesmerized me.
As for the rest of the dance sequences, I did feel like the story was dragged out a little and perhaps it is my ignorance of Korean dance that does not enable me to properly appreciate the dances.
Although the dance performance has been running since 2002, it seems that it’s run for the reason – alongside the ballet Giselle- has now ended. If you ate interested in traditional Korean dance performances, then I’d suggest searching up this highly acclaimed dance performance.
Special thank you to KOCIS for these tickets. They truly are a great cultural experience for foreigners in Korea.