The 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.
Ji 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.
The 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.
The 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.
The 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. The concert is sponsored by the Halla Huhm Foundation.
Two 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.