Seoul to Host Parents' Day Performances

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Seoul to Host Parents' Day Performances

Two major performances will be held in Seoul for Parents' Day on May 8.

Kim Young-im's "Hoisimkuk" will be performed from May 8 to 10, 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., at the Sejong Cultural Center. Jang Sa-ik's Filial Concert will be staged on May 8 at the Seoul Arts Center at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m..

Hoisimkuk is a modern telling of Kim Young-im's representative work based on Buddhist stories written in the Chosun period. The play moves through 14 vignettes with the theme of family and filial duty.

The first scene takes the audience through childbirth and a mother's sacrifice to bring her son into the world.

The child grows to be a man and is visited by the devil (Yomradaewang in Korean), who scolds him for neglecting his filial duties. The final scene sees the prodigal son returning to his family to give a banquet in his parents' honor.

"It will be the first time that Kyunggi-do folk songs have been brought to the stage, with its themes of life and death, pain and pleasure. The play creates a new genre in traditional Korean music," says Kim. Call (02) 786-8886 for more information.

Jang "Sorikun" Sa-ik will perform at the Seoul Arts Center with guest stars, Ha Bu-yong and Kim Untae. The folk singer will sing familiar songs like Komoryong in Rain, Kosirae Taryang, and Arirang, as well as play the Taepyongso, a tradional instrument,

The audience will be invited to join a 2-day tour of Sanjong Lake and Kwangnung Tree Garden and Yongsan Tomb.

Call (02) 580-1300 for more information concerning the concert and (02)729-5213 to find out more about the family tour.

by Kim Hyun-jung

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