Ha Yong Bu & Dulsori-Contemporary Korean percussion premieres in India

InKo Centre, in association with The Korea Foundation and the Korea Arts Management Service, is delighted to premiere Ha Yong Bu & Dulsori at the Hindu Friday Review November Festival in Chennai and in Kochi and at the Kolkata International Music Festival in Kolkata this November. The performance will feature Ha Yong Bu, recognised as one of Koreaís valued Intangible Assets and Dulsori, one of the most exciting percussion groups from Korea, acclaimed worldwide for the skill, precision and dynamism with which they showcase the unique heritage and spirited origins of Korean culture.

About Dulsori- Heartbeat of the Land
DULSORI is a Korean traditional arts organisation, established in 1984. Its vision is to produce and develop artistic performance and educational and cultural experience programmes, derived from Korean traditional music and arts. Dulsori's dynamic performance has captured the hearts and the imagination of audiences around the world.
Dulsori continues to develop traditional music and performance with a modern sensibility, and helps enhance the understanding of the cultural heritage of Korea worldwide. Dulsori focuses its future on making the world a better place through its music and by touching the hearts of the world with Korean 'Shinmyung', the enthusiastic living energy and inner passion and love for life.
Dulsori primarily aims to rekindle the spirit of ancient Korean festivals on the modern stage. "We aim to break the barriers between the players and the audience in staging our performances," says Kap-Hyun Moon, director of Dulsori. Dulsori believes in creating a sense of community and understands the existence and importance of communal values in every culture. Dulsorís performances and interactive programmes attempt to build friendship and unity between the audience and performers, thereby creating a sense of harmony.
Through the mesmerizing rhythms of percussion and drums and enchanting vocals and dynamic choreography, Dulsori's passionate and colourful performances showcases the unique heritage and spirited origins of traditional Korean culture.

About Ha Yong Bu
Ha Yong Bu is the Artistic Director of Dulsori and is one of Koreaís national treasures, listed as Korean Intangible Asset No: 68- Milyang Bakjung Nori or Virtuoso Dancer over 3 Generations.
Ha Yong Bu comes from a family of Mogabi, the head of a group of jesters and entertainers whose skill and technique have been handed down from his grandfatherís generation. The gift was handed down to Haís father, but it was Ha who has managed to survive as a master who revived the legendary movement of his renowned grandfather.
Ha Yong Buís dance has captured the imagination of virtuoso artists of different traditions. Ha shows his exquisite command over breathing techniques, particularly in the drum dance The life force exhibited in Haís breathing and movement resonated with dancers and choreographers the world over. Renowned dancer Pina Bausch, found Haís dance deeply moving. Arianne Mnouchkine, Director of Thť‚tre du Soleil, who invited Ha Yong-bu to France as a guest lecturer and choreographer, stated that Haís ďmovement is like the currents of a riverĒ.
Ha Yong Buís movement is free and unfettered, like the wind and water, at once fusing and deconstructing time and space. His work is a seamless blend of tradition and modernity, pushing the physical body to its limits to project the immensity of the cosmos in all its lyrical intensity.
About Chumpan
As a five-year old, Ha Yong Bu was wonderstruck by each movement his grandfather made. The dynamic, irregular rhythm of the drum, the spiritual expression of life in each motion of the shoulder and feet, the boy found mesmerizing. His grandfatherís reputation preceded him. It was said that ďeven standing still, he could create a danceĒ. Ha Yong buís grandfather taught him to dance on the everyday stage of life, teaching him to breathe in unison with the music and to move whenever and however the music beckoned. Fifty years passed and the student produced his first work Chum Pan, the sum total of half a centuryís dance on the vast field of life.
Each year in Milyang, Ha Yong Buís hometown, the village folk gathered together in mid-July for a collective dance to celebrate the end of their summerís hard labour. The visceral rhythm and excitement of the dance would wash away the sweat off their brow. The Obukchum or Five Drums Dance epitomizes the vital energy of the collective dance. The dancers move their bodies like waves to the simple but robust beat of the five drums. Simple beats, dynamic movements and subtle gestures are finely interlaced.
The free, wind-like dance of Ha Yong Bu transcends physical motion. It offers a glimpse of a moment and of a space where music and dance converge, creating a sense of taut vitality that is the hallmark of only a virtuoso performer.
Dulsori has collaborated with Mr. Ha Yong Bu since the showcase at the Performing Arts Market in Seoul (PAMS), 2009. The groupís energy and skill in Korean traditional music and vast experience on the international stage is an effective foil to Ha Yong-buís improvisational dance style. 12

Repertories for the performances in India in 2011:

  • Pan Ė Gut Pan-Gut is the most vivacious and energetic repertoire in Samulnori. Wearing headgear with ribbons on top, the performers play percussion instruments and dance at the same time, jumping high and making beautiful circles with the ribbons. It is a pure visual and aural delight and has enthralled audiences world-wide.
  • Opening Drum The magnificent sounds of big drums herald the awakening of all living creatures on the globe.
  • Sabaha Sabaha(Svaha) is a mantra in Sanskrit that means 'may all wishes be fulfilled'. This composition starts solemnly with a Buddhist prayer, accompanied by powerful string instruments and drums. In the latter part the Thousand Hands Sutra is sung using a special singing technique that brings this enchanting hymn to life.
  • Drum Sinawi In this composition, the melody from various traditional Korean instruments introduces the colorful energy of Korea and its energetic and dynamic rhythm.
  • Sailor's Song This is a newly-arranged Korean folk song, where various Korean traditional instruments fuse to create a cheerful melody backed by vocals that encourage the audience to hum along.
  • Flowery Nostalgia This piece, played with the Korean wind instrument and Gayaegeum (traditional string instrument), whispers words of comfort and hope to all those who believe in and await true love, even while countless relations are scattered around like the petals of the blossoming apricot tree.
  • The Beat Various percussion instruments create powerful energy, creating a sense of harmony. The composition aims to convey that although the world is full of disturbances, caused mainly by greed, we could live in peace if we communicate well and harmonize with each other.

Dance Repertories

  1. Yangban-chum: Dance of a noble man
    Yangban were members of the traditional ruling class or nobles of dynastic Korea during the Jo-seon Dynasty. With transmission from generation to generation in his family, Ha Yong Buís rendition presents an elegant and sophisticated Korean traditional dance, which was appreciated by the nobility. It represents the joy and the pleasant character of the people and is a modest and introverted dance, typically performed by male dancers.
  2. Beombu-chum: Dance of the ordinary man
    The term Beombu, refers to the middle-class, between the nobility and the poor, in the province of Mi-ryang. It is a powerful male dance, accompanied by Jajnmori, a distinctive Korean rhythm.
  3. Buk-chum: Drum dance
    After a hard dayís work in the field, Korean farmers used to enjoy music and dancing. The dance is a prayer. for O-haeng (five elements in Korea) and for O-bok (Five blessings) for the good health of people; their cattleand for a bountiful harvest.
  4. Young-mu: The ritual dance of the old
    Young-mu is a recently developed performance in Ha Yong Buís creative repertoire. It synthesizes the three dances - the Yangban-chum, the Beombu-chum and the Buk-chum. It is more a movement of the body than a dance, with the dancer as the interpreter or a medium, giving up his body to the music and to his ancestors.
Hang Yong-Bu & Dulsori will be presented by InKo Centre in association with the Korea Foundation and the Korea Arts Management Service (KAMS) at the Hindu Friday Review November Festival in Chennai ( 16 November 2011); in Kochi (19 November 2011) and at the Kolkata International Music Festival in Kolkata (21 November 2011)

Korea Foundation
The Korea Foundation, established in 1991 as an affiliate of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, aims to promote awareness and understanding of Korea throughout the world. It aims to enhance international goodwill and friendship through the implementation ofvarious international exchange programmes. The major Foundation activities include support for Korean Studies programmes overseas; fellowships and grants to encourage and assist foreign students and scholars interested in Korea; intellectual exchanges and forums to promote bilateral ties with other nations as well as people-to-people interactions to boost mutual understanding between Korea and other countries;cultural exchanges to introduce the unique characteristics of Korean culture to the world.

KAMS Korea Arts Managements Service
KAMS (Korea Arts Management Service) was established in January 2006 as a non-profit, public foundation for the development of Korean performing arts. With support from the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, KAMS offers multi-faceted assistance that aims to bolster the sustainability of arts groups and organizations, while strengthening their competitive advantages by developing diverse and effective support systems for more efficient arts management. KAMS enables performing arts companies in Korea to broaden their horizons and presence by evaluating their management strategy, offering consulting services, and expanding their market capability through innovative distribution networks in domestic and overseas markets.

The Hindu Friday Review November Festival
The Hindu Friday Review November Fest is one of South Indiaís most eagerly awaited cultural events and is an annual feature that began in 2005. With performances from nationally and internationally acclaimed musicians, the festival is an eclectic mix of genres and seeks to provide music lovers a series of collaborations and concerts that have not been performed in their cities before. This year, the Fest will be held in Kochi, Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Coimbatore.

Kolkata International Music Festival (KIMF -2011)
Song of Soul in association with SOS Productions presents the ĎKolkata International Music Festivalí (KIMF). Be it folk and fribal music, jazz or world music, KIMF celebrates the power of collective creativity. This is a festival for the people of Kolkata, of India and of the world. It is a festival to discover the power of art to transform life and to celebrate the creativity of artists from across India and the world.

16 November 2011, Chennai,
19 November 2011, Kochi,
21 November 2011, Kolkata.

For further information contact InKo Centre T: 044 2436 1224; E: enquiries@inkocentre.org