FLYing - Feature performance at the Gyeongju World Culture Expo 2011

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FLYing - Feature performance at the Gyeongju World Expo

This show presented a simple and clear reinterpretation of Hwarangdo, ‘Flower Knights,’ the elite Silla youth warrior corps, which epitomizes the skill and artistry of the Silla Dynasty. It dramatized episodes of a Silla-era Hwarang (Flower Knight) who transcends time and space in order to capture a dokkaebi, a kind of legendary Korean ogre, who has escaped from Silla, and ends up at a school in contemporary times. It was a nonverbal performance grafting together elements like acrobatics, rhythmic gymnastics, martial arts, and B-boy dance.  









  
Because it was a nonverbal performance, it flowed in a way that foreigners could follow and appreciate, overcoming language barriers. That made it an even more meaningful show as the feature performance of the Gyeongju World Culture Expo. 













 Performance info
·     Period: Aug. 12 (Fri.) – Oct. 10 (Mon.), 2011; two performances daily, no performances on Tuesdays.
·     Performance time: 12 p.m. & 2 p.m. (70 min.) (Doors open 20 minutes before the show.)
·     Venue: Expo Culture Center
·     Director: Choi Cheol-Gi (director of Nanta and Jump)
·     Cast: 12 performers
·      Content:   Nonverbal performance told through martial arts and other physical forms, dramatizing episodes of a Silla-era Hwarang (member of an elite youth warrior corps) who transcends time and space in order to capture a dokkaebi, a kind of legendary Korean ogre, and ends up at a school in contemporary times.

ATTENTION!
Flying will be performed as open run performance from April in next year.










Rhythmic gymnasts, top masters of Korean martial arts, and professional acrobats were recruited to perform in FLYing, and it was really amazing. 
On the way out after the performance, I heard some high school students on a field trip from Pohang, who had sat next to me, saying that they really wanted to see it again.
The whole time, the audience was kept laughing and applauding, without a single lapse. I nervously wrung my hands as I watched the parts where acrobats were flying from the bars to the floor at will, my jaw hanging open with amazement.  












Not were only the acrobats awesomely cool, boasting powerful six-packs abs, but the rhythmic gymnasts were mesmerizing with their supple and flexible movements.
And when a B-boy team appeared on stage, they made the girls’ hearts pound and stirred the admiring envy of the boys in the audience.
All in all, I had a great time at FLYing, and strongly recommend it. 









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