Closing Celebrations on A New Season Blossoms
Dulsori (South Korea)
|Date:||18 - 20 June 2004|
|Venue:||Open field at Yishun Central 1 (Opposite bus interchange)|
(18 Opening Show)
|Associate Professor Ho Peng Kee
Senior Minister for Law and Home Affairs
MP for Nee Soon East Constituency
Co-organised with the North West Community Development Council
“Korea's best-known traditional percussion group” - The Seoul Times
The Singapore Arts Festival will live up to its aim of being the Festival for everyone by ending its 3-week long celebration on a joyful note with a pyrotechnics display for all to enjoy. In the upbeat staging of Tao by Korean percussion group Dulsori, the audience is a critical part of the spirited ensemble’s performance, which culminates in a brilliant burst of fireworks.
“Dulsori”, which literally means “wild beat”, is a song farmers sing while working in the rice fields of Korea. Tao, short for Taoism, is a contemporary show featuring energetic and exhilarating beats from a variety of Korean traditional musical instruments that will rouse and boost audiences’ spirits. Spectators can soak in the celebratory atmosphere of a traditional Korean festival, mingle with the musicians in the audience participation segments, pick up simple Korean traditional rhythms and movements, and take part in fun-filled tug-of-war and flag-fighting games.
The show is divided into four segments: a mini-parade with a lively musical ritual signals the beginning of Tao; drummers then warm up spectators by teaching them age-old Korean rhythms; next, the performers will unleash their skills in an explosion of sound and rhythm; in the final part, spectators get to take part in high-energy games.
Korea’s best-known traditional percussion group, Dulsori has staged performances in Korea and abroad since its inception in 1984. Last year, Dulsori staged Tao more than 100 times. To celebrate its 20th anniversary this year, the 30-member troupe is performing throughout Korea and Japan, as well as in Wellington, New Zealand. After their performance at the Singapore Arts Festival, Dulsori will embark on a 40-day European tour in July.
As with previous Closing Celebrations, Dulsori’s performance of Tao at this year’s Singapore Arts Festival promises to be a thrilling celebration that climaxes in a breathtaking fireworks display.