Not only was she a prodigy in this form of art, Jaram also created a new style of performance by combining Eastern culture a get- to- know Western satirical musicals. Robert W. ASHK: Can you tell the Hong Kong audience a little more about yourself, how did you come to contact with pansori and how you are inspired to modernize this traditional musical performance into Sacheon-ga?
Sacheon-ga was the first original Pansori work I created 8 years ago. Back then, I was 27 years old, and I felt that the world did not guide me in how to live, but just kept forcing me to be better.
I wanted to convert this story into Pansori, and I know well the culture today, such as music, rhythm, and stories, so they naturally fell into my work. People see it as great example of a modernization of Pansori.
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How did this piece inspire you? I felt the main character of the story and I or people around me were so much alike, therefore I chose The Good Person of Szechwan without hesitation.
ASHK: What is the motivation behind your performances? JL: It is probably the point where traditional Pansori and my own story meet.
There was nothing like Sacheon-ga, and I was very anxious in the course of creating the piece. ASHK: With Sacheon-ga looking into contemporary issues of injustice, selfishness, and materialism, which seemed to be rampant in Hong Kong, what message would you like to convey to the A get- to- know Kong audience with your performance? Do you have any expectations or anything that you would like to do here during your trip?
I am so thrilled to perform Sacheon-ga in Hong Kong, which, to me, is very urban and futuristic. Navigating Shared Futures.