No Longer Gagok: Room 5↻ is an intimately poetic and utterly contemporary experience of a traditional Korean art form, conceived by Korean gagok vocalist, Park Minhee.
What does it mean to perform traditional music in the present-day?
For Park Minhee, a traditional vocalist trained in gagok, the process lies in an endless negotiation between past and present, re-interpreting the attitudes of past eras for a contemporary audience.
Cue No Longer Gagok: Room 5↻. Established in the 18th century, the highly regulated gagok form transforms into an intimate spatial experience in this work.
Representing a cyclical movement, audience members enter seven rooms – five in which they come up-close with performers, and two holding rooms.
In these compact spaces and brief encounters, Park invites audiences to experience – and not watch – the performance, allowing gagok’s beauty to permeate each listener’s being. Is this gagok? Or no longer gagok?
Subtly moving, No Longer Gagok: Room 5↻ is an ode to the deeply affecting power of the voice and an insightful glimpse into the changing faces of tradition.
Why You Should Watch No Longer Gagok: Room 5↻