Category Archives: Pansori

One Swallow a Day (Heungbu and Nolbu)

As I learned today, the Korean postal service uses the swallow (jebi, 제비) as its symbol, maybe because it is commonly considered a harbinger of good news. But: One swallow doesn’t a spring make, knew already Aristotle. For Heungbu, on … Continue reading

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Discussing New Pansori, Theatre, and Tradition in Berlin (Korea-Madang)

There was no empty chair at PGBerlin. I hadn’t expected that so many people – more than twenty – were interested in talking about “New Pansori Works from Korea”. Korea Verband (한독협회) had done great promotion and I got more … Continue reading

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Backyard or Street? From Pansori to Contemporary Art in Hongcheon

For the second pink factory-workshop on “tradition in motion”, I had prepared a presentation on contemporary pansori performances. As the title “Tradition of the Backyard, Tradition of the Street” indicates, I attempted to conceptualize two ways of reviving tradition for … Continue reading

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Pansori Live from Record: Chae Su-jeong’s Dongpyeonje Heungbo-ga Double Album

I just sent off my first album review! I’m not the biggest fan of pansori records, as the spontaneous and interactive atmosphere of a live performance cannot be fixed on tape. But the live double album by Chae Su-jeong (채수정, … Continue reading

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Pansori for Baritone: Interview with Composer Texu Kim

I met Texu Kim (김택수) three years ago, when he participated in the very first edition of Goethe-Institut Korea’s Asian Composers Showcase. He contributed the piece “Monastic Sceneries” (구도(求道)의 광경(光景)들, 2013), which is “based on various rituals and personal reminiscences … Continue reading

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The Fourth Insa-dong Street Soripan (인사동 거리소리판4)

This is the fourth part in a series that documents the 2016 Sunday-afternoon street performances in Insa-dong by Park Tae-o and other “Ttorang Gwangdae” (또랑광대). See also part1, part2, and part3). Today, the performance started two hours later and took … Continue reading

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The Third Insa-dong Street Soripan (인사동 거리소리판3)

This is the third part in a series that documents the 2016 Sunday-afternoon street performances in Insa-dong by Park Tae-o and other Ttorang Gwangdae (see part1 and part2) This time, the Street Soripan almost did not take place. The owner … Continue reading

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