Arts & Living
One of Korea's top percussion troupes will raise the pulse of music lovers with a specially orchestrated percussion program to be thrown at both the Seoul Art Center(SAC) and National Theater of Korea(NTK) in late January and mid-February, 2004.
The unique and traditional percussion performances will be held at SAC's Towol Theater at 7:30 p.m. from Jan. 24 through Jan. 27, 2004 under the theme of "Festival for People." The performance to be held at 7:00 p.m. between Feb. 13 and Feb. 15, 2004, at National Theater's Daroreum theater (small hall) are titled "Festival of Heaven." The 90-minute "Tao 2004 Performances" are made up of four parts: Jangseung-je Performance, Percussion Performance, Korean Folk Play Performance, and Tao-ream All Play Performance where both artists and spectators are intermingled. Jangseung is a Korean traditional totem pole set up at the mouth of a village to ward off evil spirits. "Tao" is short for Taoism. The Tao performance is conducted by 20 professional percussionists who entertained the audience with a variety of Korea's traditional musical instruments. "Tao 2004" will be staged by "Dulsori," Korea's best known traditional
percussion group. "Dulsori," which literally means "wild beat," is a song sung by farmers working in the field. Unlike Korea's best-known percussion musical group "Nanta", another non-verbal percussion musical group run by TV star Song Seung-Whan, Dulsori's Tao is a combination of traditional and modern factors. Tao plays traditional Korean rhythms in modern style. Another difference is the direct and large-scale participation by audience members in the performance itself.
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