Expired: Symposium Will Look at the Relationship of Performance and Literature in Oral Tradition

Literature and Performance symposiumThe per­for­mance dimen­sion is a strik­ing fea­ture of Kore­an cul­tur­al prac­tice, whether it be a tra­di­tion­al per­for­mance of p’ansori or the con­tem­po­rary pre­sen­ta­tions of pop­u­lar enter­tain­ers. A sym­po­sium at the Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies will explore the rela­tion­ship between per­for­mance and lit­er­a­ture in Kore­an and Hawai­ian oral tra­di­tions. The pro­gram on Feb­ru­ary 28 and March 1, 2017, will bring togeth­er schol­ars of lit­er­a­ture and the per­form­ing arts as well as per­form­ers to engage in pre­sent­ing and dis­cussing the per­for­mance dimen­sions of Kore­an literature.

The two-day pro­gram will present a series of dis­cus­sions on Hawai­ian per­for­mance and lit­er­a­ture, p’ansori and dance, sijo poet­ry, and Kore­an masked dance. Per­for­mances in a spe­cial pro­gram at Orvis Audi­to­ri­um on the evening of March 1 will present exam­ples of the art forms dis­cussed dur­ing the symposium.

Sym­po­sium par­tic­i­pants include:

  • Peg­gy Choy, asso­ciate pro­fes­sor of dance at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Wis­con­sin, Madison;
  • Heo Chang-Yeol, a cer­ti­fied Kosŏng Ogwang­dae teacher and Kosŏng Ogwang­dae lec­tur­er at Korea Nation­al Uni­ver­si­ty of the Arts;
  • Bon­nie Kim, a free­lance artist;
  • David McCann, Korea Foun­da­tion pro­fes­sor of Kore­an lit­er­a­ture emer­i­tus at Har­vard University;
  • Gary Pak, pro­fes­sor of Eng­lish at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawai‘i at Mānoa;
  • Michael Pili Pang, a lec­tur­er at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawai‘i at Mānoa;
  • Chan Eung Park, pro­fes­sor of Kore­an lit­er­a­ture and per­for­mance at the Ohio State University;
  • Travis Kaululā‘au Thomp­son, a free­lance performer;
  • Edward J. Shultz, pro­fes­sor emer­i­tus, Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawai‘i at Mānoa;
  • Ivan­na Yi, a Ph.D. can­di­date in East Asian lan­guages and civ­i­liza­tions at Har­vard Uni­ver­si­ty; and
  • Judy Van Zile, pro­fes­sor emeri­ta of dance at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.

The sym­po­sium dis­cus­sions will take place in the Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies audi­to­ri­um begin­ning at 9:30 a.m. each day. The evening pro­gram at Orvis Audi­to­ri­um on March 1 will begin at 7:30 p.m. Pro­gram details are avail­able here.

The dis­cus­sions and the evening per­for­mance pro­gram are free and open to the pub­lic. For fur­ther infor­ma­tion, includ­ing infor­ma­tion regard­ing access for the hand­i­capped, tele­phone the Cen­ter at (808) 956‑7041.

Korean Traditional Music and Dance L.A.

Korean music program posterJi Yun-Ja will lead a group of more than a dozen musi­cians and dancers in a per­for­mance of Kore­an tra­di­tion­al music and dance at Orvis Audi­to­ri­um Wednes­day, Novem­ber 4, 2015, at 7:30 p.m. Ms. Ji, pres­i­dent of the Kore­an Amer­i­can Tra­di­tion­al Music Asso­ci­a­tion in Los Ange­les, is not­ed for “her beau­ti­ful tal­ent of play­ing Korea’s most trea­sured musi­cal instru­ment – the Kayagum.” She was des­ig­nat­ed as for­eign hon­orary suc­ces­sor of Tra­di­tion­al Intan­gi­ble Cul­tur­al Asset by the Kore­an Min­istry of Cul­ture, Sports and Tourism in 2014. 

The per­for­mance is co-spon­sored by the Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawai’i at Mānoa Music Depart­ment and Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies. Tick­ets are $12 gen­er­al admis­sion and $8 for stu­dents, seniors, and UH fac­ul­ty and staff. Admis­sion is free for UH Mānoa music majors. Pur­chase tick­ets at the door only by cash or check.

The pro­gram will include:

  • Taegum solo (bam­boo flute), per­formed by Lee Byung-Sang
  • Folk Dance – San­jo dance, per­formed by Chang Hwa Sook
  • Folk Song – Minyo Hapchang – Im yea­sun, per­formed by Lee Kyong-Ja and Shu Won-Suk
  • Folk Dance – Dos­alpuri, per­formed by Lee Young-Nam
  • Pan­sori – Sarang-ga, per­formed by Lee Kyong-Ja and Shu Won-Suk
  • Folk Dance – Jaeng gang Choom (쟁강춤) dance, per­formed by Juli Kim
  • Kayagum San­jo and Byungchang, per­formed by Ji Yun-Ja
  • Folk Dance – Fan Dance, per­formed by Suh Won Sook, Lee Kyong Ja, and Yoon Sook Young
  • Folk music impro­vi­sa­tion – Shi Nawi, per­formed by Lee Byung Sang, Ji yun Ja, Seo­la Kim, and Juli Kim
  • Folk Dance – Chang­go Chum (Drum Dance), per­formed by Lee Young-Nam
  • Samul­nori, per­formed by Yoon Sook Young and ensemble

Orvis Audi­to­ri­um at is locat­ed at 2411 Dole Street on the UH Mānoa cam­pus. For fur­ther infor­ma­tion, tele­phone (808) 95-MUSIC.

An Evening of Korean Folk Music and Dance

image: komungoThe Kore­an Music Fac­ul­ty of Chun­buk Nation­al Uni­ver­si­ty will present a con­cert per­for­mance titled “A Night of Kore­an Folk Music and Dance” on Mon­day, Novem­ber 10, 2014, in the Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies audi­to­ri­um. The event begins at 5:00 p.m. and is co-spon­sored by the Cen­ter and the Music Depart­ment of the Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.

The pro­gram will con­sist of Kŏmun­go San­jo, an extend­ed solo played on the kŏmun­go, a zither-like instru­ment; Taegŭm San­jo, a selec­tion for the taegŭm, a Kore­an flute; kŏmun­go solo “Nŏkp’uri,” Chin­do Island music played to con­sole the deceased; “Love song” from Ch’unhyangga, a p’ansori vocal piece; Salp’urich’um, a folk dance to exor­cise the spir­its; and a folk­song med­ley from the south­west­ern region of Korea.

image: changgoThe per­form­ers from the Chon­buk Nation­al Uni­ver­si­ty Kore­an music fac­ul­ty will be Yun Hwa-joong (kŏmun­go), Choi Man (chang­go), Lee Hwa-dong (taegŭm), and Kim Min-young (vocal­ist).

The per­for­mance is free and open to the pub­lic. The Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies is locat­ed at the inter­sec­tion of East-West Road and Maile Way on the Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawai‘i Mānoa cam­pus. Paid park­ing is avail­able in the park­ing lot next to the Cen­ter. For fur­ther infor­ma­tion, includ­ing infor­ma­tion about access for the hand­i­capped, tele­phone the Cen­ter at (808) 956‑7041.

Korean Dance Concert Memorializes Halla Huhm

image: dancerThe Hal­la Huhm Kore­an Dance Stu­dio will present a 20th-year memo­r­i­al con­cert at Mamiya The­atre, Saint Louis Cen­ter for the Arts, on Sat­ur­day, Jan­u­ary 25, 2014, at 7:30 p.m.

The name of the late Hal­la Pai Huhm (1922 – 1994) is syn­ony­mous with Kore­an dance in Hawaii. Dur­ing her career as a per­former and teacher she con­tributed as no one else has to the preser­va­tion and growth of Kore­an cul­ture in the Islands through dance and music. She was wide­ly rec­og­nized both for her artistry and her generosity.

Gen­er­al admis­sion tick­ets are $20 ($10 for chil­dren 12 and under). For more infor­ma­tion, con­tact the Hal­la Huhm Kore­an Dance Stu­dio at (808) 949‑2888 or by e-mail at hhkdsrecital2014@gmail.com. The con­cert is spon­sored by the Hal­la Huhm Foun­da­tion.

Learn About Korean Culture Through Music and Dance

image: dancerTwo cours­es on the Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawaii at Manoa spring-semes­ter sched­ule offer oppor­tu­ni­ties to learn about Kore­an cul­ture through dance.

Kore­an Dance 305 (DNCE305: Kore­an Dance I) is an intro­duc­to­ry class to acquaint stu­dents with Kore­an cul­ture through dance and music. The class usu­al­ly con­sists of mem­o­riz­ing and per­form­ing two or three short dance or drum sequences. In addi­tion, stu­dents are required to write a short reac­tion paper or give an oral pre­sen­ta­tion on either a video or by attend­ing a con­cert of Kore­an dance or music local­ly. Also, mate­ri­als such as books and dance imple­ments are brought to class to fur­ther enhance the student’s knowledge.

Kore­an Dance 405 (DNCE405: Kore­an Dance II) is a con­tin­u­a­tion of what has pre­vi­ous­ly been learned, and the expec­ta­tion is that the stu­dents in the class are more pro­fi­cient in learn­ing and per­form­ing dance and drum sequences.

The cours­es are taught by Mary Jo Fresh­ley. Class­es meet Tues­days, 2:00 p.m. to 3:50 p.m., in Music Build­ing 116. 

For more infor­ma­tion about the pro­grams of the Depart­ment of The­atre and Dance, see http://manoa.hawaii.edu/dance/. Oth­er eth­nic dance cours­es on the spring-semes­ter sched­ule include Japan­ese, Oki­nawan, and Philip­pine dance.