Greek tragedy reborn with pansori

Trojan Women

National Theater of Korea, Ong Keng Sen

The women of Troy are victims of war. After their men and sons were massacred by the victors, the women were shipped to Greece as slaves. Over two thousand years ago, Euripides wrote The Trojan Women, a fierce denunciation of the horrors of war. The National Theatre of Korea from Seoul and its director Ong Keng Sen adapted this Greek tragedy into a contemporary Korean opera, featuring both pansori (traditional Korean musical storytelling), composed by Ahn Sook Sun, one of the greatest pansori stars of our time, and K-pop (Korean pop music). The pansori singers’ voices and expressive acting are phenomenal, expressing more poignantly than ever the bleak fate of the Trojan women. 

 

Credits

concept, direction
Ong Keng Sen
new text for Changgeuk
Bae Sam Sik
music pansori
Ahn Sook Sun
music, musical direction
Jung Jae Il
choreography
Wen Hui
associate director
Grace Low
cast
Kim Kum-mi (Hecuba, koningin van Troje), Yi so-yeon (Cassandra, haar dochter), Kim Ji-sook (Andromache, vrouw van Hector, oudste zoon van Hecuba), Kim Jun-soo (Helen, koningin van Sparta), Lee Kwang-bok (Talthybios, Griekse soldaat), Choi Ho-sung (Menelaus, koning van Sparta)
koor
Jung Mi-jung, Heo Ae-sun, Na Yoon-young, Seo Jung-kum, Kim Mi Jin, Lee Youn-joo, Min Eun-kyung, Cho Yu-ah
soul of souls
Ahn Sook Sun of Yu Tae-pyung-yang
Paris (solo piano, accompanying Helen)
Jung Jae Il
musicians
Choi Young-hoon, Park Hee-jung, Lee Sung-do, Cho Yong-su, Lee Won-wang, Han Sun-ha, Won Na Kyoung, Lee Ye Ji, Jun Gye-Yeol
set
Myung Hee Cho
light
Scott Zielinski
video
Austin Switser
costume and make-up
Kim Moohong
sound
Jee Young
stage manager
Goo Min-Chul
assistant to the director, assistant stage manager
Park Su Ye
assistant musical direction
Lee Ye Ji
assistant light
Ko Gi Kyoung
hair and make-up
Park Hyo Jeong, Oh Hye Ryun
translation, surtitles, operator
Lee Canbi
production
National Theater of Korea
commissioned by
Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA), National Theater of Korea