“Dancing the Spirit: Korean Masks, Music, and Social Concerns” is an exhibition and a series of related events being presented by the The East-West Center Arts Program from September 30, 2012, to January 6, 2013. The exhibition and other events all relate to aspects of the Korean mask dance drama. All events are free and open to the public.
The exhibition, in the East-West Center Gallery in John A. Burns Hall, 1601 East-West Road, includes photographs, masks, costumes, musical instruments, and other artifacts related to mask dance. The exhibition opening on Sunday, September 30, from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m., will include a reception and a performance by Kathy Foley and Chan Park. They will perform a unique fusion theater piece based on Korean pansori (storytelling with musical accompaniment) and puppetry.
Subsequent events will also take place in the gallery, which is open weekdays from 8:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 4:00 p.m., but closed on Saturdays and holidays. The schedule includes:
- Sunday, October 7, from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.: a program of Korean dance, featuring Chan Park, Jindo Island dances, and local dance performers from the Halla Huhm Studio under the direction of Mary Jo Freshley.
- Sunday, October 14, at 2:00 p.m.: a presentation of Korean music, including miniperformances by locally based musicians.
- Sunday, October 21, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.: a screening of The King and the Clown, a popular Korean film about a fifteenth-century king who falls in love with a beautiful male clown/acrobat.
- Sunday, November 4, 2:00–3:00 p.m.: an illustrated talk, “Korean Art: An Excursion Beyond Masks, Vases and Paintings,” by Edward J. Shultz, interim dean of the UH School of Pacific and Asian Studies and a member of the Center for Korean Studies faculty. Shultz will present highlights of traditional Korea’s art world, focusing on important artifacts from Silla, Koryŏ, and Chosŏn and how these works provide insights into Korea’s cultural development.
- Sunday, November 11, 2:00–3:00 p.m.: Korean mask scholar and photographer CedarBough Saeji will offer an illustrated talk titled “Keeping a Tradition Alive: Issues with Preservation and Transmission of Korean Mask Dance Dramas.”
- Sunday, December 2, 2:00–3:00 p.m.: filmmaker Billie Lee will present an illustrated talk discussing the Hawai‘i work of Korean dance master/choreographer Halla Huhm. She will show excerpts from her new film, Moving Home: The Legacy of Halla Pai Huhm.
- Sunday, December 9, 2:00–4:00 p.m.: a showing of Sŏpyŏnje, an artistic film that tells of a family of traditional Korean pansori singers trying to make a living in the modern world.
- Sunday, January 6, 2013, 2:00–3:00 p.m.: Judy Van Zile, UHM professor emeritus and member of the Center for Korean Studies faculty, will speak about traditional and contemporary dance in Korea in an illustrated talk titled “But is it ‘Korean’ Dance?”
For more information, contact the East-West Center Arts Program: telephone (808) 944‑7177; e-mail email@example.com.