introduction of 'Jeophwagunsaeng'


In dance of wind, forest or universe a man is walking.
His walking is full with life.
One time the unfortunate being started to grow up inside of him.
Ghosts urge it to grow.
Finally it is born with white color shirts, neck tie and glasses.
Dancers take his clothes away to share them each other and disappear.
With carrying a suit case and holding papers in the arms he starts to walk toward the world.

The wind blows by ghosts. He walks against the wind. His papers fly away by the wind.
He runs here and there for catching papers.
At that time ghosts appears. And they become a big and old tree.
Sitting on the bottom of the tree he takes a rest.
(In Chuchon International Mime Festival 2000 I made a musical happening At this scene.)
He finds yellow clothes and tries to ware them. By the way suddenly his body is lifted up and is danced. And his eyes are opened and he starts to walk vitally.

He walks toward audiences.
He calls them out and let them be birds and flogs, trees. And playing with them.
During his playing around ghosts drop some mask in front of him and stare him in a distance.
He finds and tries to ware it. Now he dances with jumping. Ghosts and audiences join his dancing.
He takes the mask off and investigates.

In the next scene he is dancing with neck tie in his hand and neon mask on his head.


In 1999, National Traditional Music Center asked me to compose very old and heavy ritual music 'Sujechon' as a mime performance. At that time I performed it on the stage of big theatre.
But in In Chuchon International Mime Festival 2000 I hoped to meet audiences outdoor 'Hyanggyo'.
So I arranged it as a performance of 'madang style'
'Madang' is a concept of Korean traditional performing stage.
Playing around and Making happening with audiences the performance always act 'here and now'.
The title ' Jeophwagunsaeng' has very ecological meaning.
It means a way of life which live with all creatures, communicating with them, supporting them and evolving together. It is also the theme of 'Sujechon'.