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No Longer Gagok: Room 5↻

Park Minhee (Korea)

Event is cancelled

  • 22 – 24 May 2020
    Fri, 7.30pm | Sat, 3pm & 7.30pm | Sun, 3pm
  • Living Room, Festival House
  • $25*
    Standard Price

    *Limited concessions available for students, NSFs and seniors

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No Longer Gagok: Room 5↻

Park Minhee (Korea)

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↻

Curated by Asian Film Archive

Eric Lee, Migrant Worker Musicians, Otomo Yoshihide and The Observatory (Bangladesh, Singapore, Thailand)

Tan Dun
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