Date: Friday, 16 July 2021 | Time : 6.00 p.m. IST
Our focus has been to present exceptional performances from Korea across a South India circuit - at Children's Festivals such as the Little Festival in Chennai, the Aha! Festival in Bengaluru and with the Honorary Consulate of the Republic of Korea in Hyderabad and Guntur - with an aim to connect meaningfully with a large network of school children, their parents and teachers. All our productions aimed to focus on what was unique in Korean theatre, to examine how traditional technique and training continue to have contemporary relevance and to present messages that were universal and timeless.
While presenting interesting and innovative examples of Children's theatre productions from Korea, we look out for opportunities to research and develop new, vibrant Indo-Korean collaborative theatre productions for children.
We are delighted this year to virtually present Junk Clown by Hyunjang Theater Company to continue to share the magic of theatre, specially created for children! The production was all set to tour India on our Children’s Festival circuit but the exigencies of the present moment has meant that the performance will now be presented and viewed virtually.
Note from Director, Ko Jae-Kyung
Most people exist due to their social roles or needs for existence of others and groups. However, I think people still have their own existential values. In my opinion, understanding how precious we and others are and sharing empathy through understanding, those values are most important in our lives. Junk Clown is a play illustrating those values, even though it is not a participatory play. Through the show, I hope the audience, including children and adults, become happy, share their affection and a common love for humanity.
About Hyunjang Theater Company
Hyunjang Theater Company was founded in 1974. The company has been officially approved by the Korean government as an Arts corporation. The company is a professional theater company, with 43 corporation members and ten full-time actors. The company has won a Presidential prize in Korea
Theater and is a 4-time winner of the Minister prize from of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Republic of Korea. Since 2000, the company has produced plays for children who they believe will be future artists and audience members. The Company has various repertoires, including mime
plays, plays with text and musical plays. The Company has taken part in cultural and art education programmes and the production of community festivals of culture and art.
Actors of Hyunjang Theater Company try to bring experiences of daily life to the stage. Conversely, they work hard to take what they have realized on stage to people, to integrate the lessons learnt or insights gained with their lives. Through this process, they attempt to understand the circle of life. This is the understanding that they aim to communicate with their audience by constantly exploring concepts and themes expressed through various forms of play.
Premieres on www.inkocentre.org/Virtual_Connect_Infotainment.html
at 6.00 p.m. IST on Friday, 16 July 2021 and will be available for viewing until Sunday, 25 July 2021.