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Performance recreates 1902 feast for Gojong of Korea

Performers of the National Gugak Center showcase the reinterpretation of
Performers of the National Gugak Center showcase the reinterpretation of "Yajinyeon," a night feast for Gojong of Korea dating back to 1902 at the center, Thursday. Yonhap

By Park Ji-won

The National Gugak Center has been showcasing the reinterpretation of "Yajinyeon," a night feast held at the royal palace in April of 1902, held by the prince or son of Gojong of Korea to celebrate his father joining the "Giroso," an agency for high-ranking civil officials over 70 years of age. The national event included dance and music performances and traditional rituals. In addition to "Yajinyeon," the ceremonial event had two more parts: one was held by the prince and servants and the other was held by families and relatives during the daytime.

The recreation, to mark the 70th anniversary of the night feast of the palace, was based on a court drawing called "Imin Jinyeondobyeong" and focused on telling the story of the relationship between Gojong and his son, while showcasing some of the dance and music performances out of the original form covering 12 dance performances and several court music pieces. It also introduced LED graphics to depict the "Giroso" agency as a heavenly place and add extra flavor to the performance.

"I would like to show the drama between Gojong and his son. The son sent Gojong to Giroso, which was described as a heavenly place and implies that he will follow in his footsteps in the future," artistic director Cho Su-hyun said during a press conference.

He also added in a video explanation released by the center that he tried to express the Korean fantasy or a paradise-like Giroso by dimming the background lights and lighting up each object.

Cho hoped that audiences could feel the energy of recovery amid the pandemic as a feast can show the meaning of recovery.

The show will be run through April 14 at the center. For more information, visit https://www.gugak.go.kr/
Performers of the National Gugak Center showcase the reinterpretation of
Performers of the National Gugak Center showcase the reinterpretation of "Yajinyeon," a night feast for Gojong of Korea held in 1902, now being performed at the center, Thursday. Yonhap
Park Ji-won jwpark@koreatimes.co.kr


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