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  • Posted 01 December 2018

    Trojan Women

    (South Korea)

    National Changgeuk Company of Korea / Ong Keng Sen


    Korea Economic Daily

    This event was part of LIFT 2018

    Filling the Queen Elizabeth Hall stage with 25 singers, actors and musicians, visionary Singaporean director Ong Keng Sen fused modern music and pansori, the ancient Korean genre of musical storytelling, in this world-class contemporary opera.

    Trojan Women took Seoul by storm when it premiered in 2016 and has since enjoyed a sell-out run at the Singapore International Festival of Arts last year, its London performance was the first time the National Changgeuk Company of Korea, a leading resident company of the National Theatre of Korea performed in the UK.

    Composed by a producer at the forefront of the K-pop scene, Jung Jae-il, in collaboration with the renowned Pansori master Ahn Sook-sun, Trojan Women brings both the ancient and modern art forms together to breath new life into Euripides’ tragedy.

    Troy may be defeated but never forgotten, its women endure as survivors amid the aftermath of a 10-year war with the Greeks. Drawing parallels between the trauma faced by the Trojan women and the pain of Korean women who have lived through war and division, the epic performance celebrates the importance of female solidarity in the face of adversity, through powerful music and movement.  

    Dates: Sat 2 & Sun 3 June 2018

    Presented by LIFT, Southbank Centre and Korean Cultural Centre UK. A National Theater of Korea/National Changgeuk Company of Korea production, co-produced by National Theater of Korea and Singapore International Festival of Arts. Part of the Korea/UK 2017-18 Season hosted by Korean Cultural Centre UK. Supported by Arts Council England, Arts Council Korea and Grange Hotels.
    Image: National Theater of Korea
    Creative Team:
    Conceived and Directed by Ong Keng Sen
    Newly Written for Changgeuk by Bae Sam-sik
    Pansori Composed by Ahn Sook-sun
    Composed and Music Directed by Jung Jae-il
    Choreography by Wen Hui
    Set Design by Myung Hee Cho
    Lighting Design by Scott Zielinski
    Video Design by Austin Switser
    Costume and Make-up Design by Kim Moo-hong
    Sound Design by Jee Young
    Associate Director, Grace Low
    Technical Coordinator, Park Su-ye


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