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LIFT 2018 / National Changgeuk Company of Korea / Ong Keng Sen: Trojan Women at Southbank Centre

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Time 19:30
Date 02/06/18
Price £22

Breathing new life into the third tragedy of Euripides’ trilogy, Ong Keng Sen's contemporary opera fuses K-pop & pansori, the 400-year-old Korean genre of storytelling, with the classic Greek tragedy.

Running from: Sat 02 (19:30) - Sun 03 Jun (17:00).

Troy may be defeated, but never forgotten – and its women endure as survivors amid the aftermath of a ten-year war with the Greeks.

Ong Keng Sen’s epic paints the parallels between the trauma and wrath faced by the Trojan women and the pain Korean women have lived through across decades of war and division. Through the waves of the pansori music, the women make this story their own, celebrating the importance of female solidarity in the face of adversity through music and movement.

Trojan Women took Seoul by storm when it premiered in 2016 and has since enjoyed a sell-out run at the Singapore International Festival of Arts last year, its London performance is the first time the National Changgeuk Company of Korea, a leading resident company of the National Theatre of Korea, have performed in the UK.

Composed by a producer at the forefront of the K-pop scene, Jung Jae-il, in collaboration with the renowned Pansori master Ahn Sook-sun, Trojan Women brings both the ancient and modern art forms together to breath new life into Euripides’ tragedy.