It was a busy, musical weekend here in Seoul! As a May monitoring team member for the K-Performance Supporters, I have four Korean musicals and shows to see this month. Rob's birthday was this past weekend, so he tagged along on a recent trip to see a performance of "Fanta-stick", and then I ventured out to see "Bibap" for Mother's Day.
Fanta-stick is a Fusion Gugak performance - a mix of contemporary and traditional elements of Korean music and dance.
The comedy show was a fun one to watch, with a story line involving a modern-day car repair garage, ancient star-crossed lovers, ghosts, and a musical battle involving a drum and a flute.
It was nice to hear some traditional instruments mixed with the recorded dance music, including the daegeum (horizontal flute), haegeum (fiddle-like), ajaeng (zither-like), and janggu (drum). Click on their names to see a picture and description. I think a future trip to the musical instrument market will be in order, so we can bring home a few as souvenirs!
The true highlight for me, however, came when the cast was performing the audience participation segment of the show(which it seems every K-Performance show has, so far). Rob was not showing
On the way to the theater, we had to walk through a school and embassy district, where a craft fair was in progress. We also stumbled upon these interesting art pieces (there are huge statues all over Seoul). The first was the artist's depiction of a family standing against the elements in the harsh winter, inspired by a group of kimchi pots seen covered in snow that looked human.
The second is a wooden bench sculpture outside of the Canadian Embassy.
On Sunday, I got a short reprieve from an unsuccessful day of potty training with Michael (UGH! Don't ask!) and went to go see "Bibap", which is billed as a delicious musical.
I was really not sure what to expect. Based on some quick research, and this entryway art, I knew it was a food themed musical with two competing master chefs.
What it really ended up being was a true "K-Performance" (Korean show with mixed arts) - the singers/performers were accompanied by onstage beat boxers, there were two B-Boy/break dancers, one martial artist, and singers. They all danced at varying times, and it was definitely a comedy, complete with the pre-requisite audience interaction and participation.
It was a lot of fun, and I enjoyed it, though I did have flashbacks to the end of "Lord of the Rings" towards the end of the show- once the storyline was finished, they then brought everyone out for more solo/group performances to showcase their different genres.
This is my "okay-I-think-it's-done-now" face. ;)