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06 Sep 2010

The National Theater of Korea (NTOK)

The National Theater of Korea located on Namsan, which is a central of the metropolitan city of Seoul founded in April 1950. It was not until the National Theater established on Namsan in 1973 that it was transferred from place to place under many circumstances.

For the past 63 years, NTOK has been standing out as the leader of art performances in Korea. NTOK has 3 resident companies under its wing:

In 1962, the National Changgeuk Company of Korea was founded with the objective of reviving the beauty and spirit of Korean songs. The music theatre of changgeuk is a unique Korean art form that has been around for over a century. Its distinctive artistic device and philosophy match those of any Western opera. For over 50 years, the National Changgeuk Company of Korea has continuously pursued preservation, standardization and popularization of traditional changgeuk, staging original contemporary changgeuk performances. To do so, the company arranged the scripts for the five pansoris (traditional Korean narrative songs : Chunhyangga, Simcheongga, Sugungga, Heungboga, Jeokbyeokga) and has performed them in full versions since 1998. The scripts were also translated and published in English, French, and Japanese to make changgeuk known to the world as a traditional performing art form of Korea.

Founded in 1962, the National Dance Company of Korea has grown into a world-class dance troup and succeeded Korea's traditional dance, and developed modern Korean dance at the same time. Through various overseas performances they have revealed the glamorous and delicate taste of traditional Korean dance to the world. They have built numerous repertoires and fostered highly talented dancers throughout the second half of the twentieth century. In addition, they are working on new repertoires and arranging performances for cultivating young dancers as well as offering dance education programs to the public.

The National Orchestra of Korea is a government-established orchestra of traditional Korean instruments, founded in 1995. Since its founding, the National Orchestra has been trying to globalize and popularize Korean music by creating new national music based on diverse musical achievements over the past 10 years. In particular, playing modified Korean instruments and new creations combining Korean classical music with western music enabling Korean music to become more globally widespread. In addition, the National Orchestra is increasing their reputation as a public art organization by developing original works, diversifying performing methods and techniques, and through bold and progressive repertoires that transcend genre, generations and nationality.