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Special Point of the Korean Traditional Musical for this year 2014 NYF

Bibimbab Theatre (Sookyung Hwang, President, graduated AMDA) participated in the Edinburgh International Fringe Festival since 2010, and finally has a opportunity to perform at this year’s New York International Fringe Festival. This particular performance is the result of hard work by UPATA with significant cooperation and collaboration with KTMDI. The updated 2014 ‘The Princess Pyunggang’ will be performed by actors and performers from South Korea as well as the US, many of whom have worked with KTMDI (Korean Traditional Music and Dance Institute) in New York. This English version of this musical Princess Pyunggang in New York, this year, KTMDI is join and play some beautiful sounded instruments, as Gayagum and Heagum, and Traditional Dances added drumming.

New York Korean Traditional Music and Dance Institute (Yoon –Sook Park President) , "fusion of traditional music is a one of big trends, it is very popular in these day’s culture," said " Try to make new musical on high effort with Modern combined and the Traditional Korean through music and dance, without heterogeneity than expected," she said.

Woo Sung Lee, who is the Director of the Korean Cultural Service NY, strongly recommended this Special event.

“Bibimbab Theatre (UPATA,NPO) participated in the Edinburgh International Fringe Festival since 2010, and finally has an opportunity to perform at this year’s New York International Fringe Festival. This particular performance is the result of hard work by UPATA with significant cooperation and collaboration with KTMDI. The updated 2014 ‘The Princess Pyunggang’ will be performed by actors and performers from South Korea as well as the US, many of whom have worked with KTMDI (Korean Traditional Music and Dance Institute) in New York.”

“I truly believe this major production will act as a catalyst for many artists in NY to have a chance to not only enjoy an amazing collaborative performance, but also to have a chance to gain a deeper understanding of Korean culture. “ He said.

40 words of the Prince Pyunggang of the New york Fringe Festival for 2014

From Seoul, this award-winning troupe of multi-talented Korean professional musical theater “BIBIMBAB” presents a majestic 21stC remix of an ancient Korean folktale unifying traditional drumming, opera, fan dance and tap to dazzle audiences and inspire endless love and peaceful transformation.

BIBIMBAB THEATRE PRESENTS
The story of “Princess Pyunggang & General Ondal” is an ancient tale that tells the love story between a great general and the princess of Goguryo. The princess, defying her father’s wishes, marries a man mocked as a fool, then transforms him into a strong soldier. This story combines opera, tap, drumming and dance to deliver a breathtaking performance that wishes to inspire audiences while exchanging history, presenting a Korean perspective on love.

Bio of Bibimbab Theatre
Bibimbab Theatre was founded in 2007 by Sookyung Hwang as a response to the dynamic shifts occurring in Korea’s artistic culture. Rearing a new generation of Korean actors, Bibimbab Theatre is a Korean Traditional Musical Performer-centered movement dedicated to integrating modern influences while honoring Korea’s rich heritage. Taken from the name of a popular mixed rice dish in Korean cuisine, Bibimbab Theatre combines parts of contemporary art and stirs them into traditional theatre, creating new recipes for Korea’s theatrical canon.

Press releases for ‘Princess Pyunggang 2010 ~ 2013


- Korea CBS NEWS Review CBS NEWS FEB.23.2010
BIBIMBAB THEATRE is a beacon of Korea’s traditional artistic identity, sharing it with the whole world.


- Edinburgh Stage News Paper Audience Review - 2010. 8.
this is a joyful show that tells a Korean folk tale with song and dance. Performed in English, with excellent singing, the story echoes the suppression of part of Korea's cultural legacy by China. Support freedom of expression? Then go and see this show! -


- The Article of the Korea Times, NYC-November, 5th. 2013
Korean Traditional Music & Musical "Phantom Harmony"
English musical Princess Pyunggang visited the Korea Times, NYC, hopeful promoting Universal Performing Arts Theatre Association (Lee, Jongyeoup From left) Planning Director, (Chairman Hwang, Sookyung), New York Korean Traditional Music and Dance Institute (Park Yun – suk) President, (Gang,Yuseon)Vice President.


"Princess Pyunggang" a Broadway show
Korean traditional English blend with modern musical 'Princess of peace' is going on top Broadway in Manhattan. , the division of Universal Performing Arts Theatre Association (President Sookyung Hwang) is the New York Korean Traditional Music and Dance Institute (President Yoon Sook Park), hand in hand with the Princess Pyunggang musical based on the story of the Princess Pyunggang and foolish Ondal at New York Fringe Festival in July next year, the period of performance.


Event to promote universal primary four days visiting the Korea Times, NYC (Sookyung Hwang)Chairman of the UPATA "Manhattan unfolds in the off-Broadway in New York Fringe Festival event featuring performances from around the world as “Princess Pyunggang is the remarkerable work of Korean getting on the NYC stage, We are very significant”, he said testimony.
Since 2007, the children's English musical premiere performance of this work in 2010, the world's largest festival of Kingson, IYAF England, was also involved in the 2010, 2012 Edinburgh Fringe Festival.


Planning director of UPATA Jong Yeoup Lee "Trying to make and show our traditional cultural musical at these time with just had little understanding of worldwide audience, we feel very frustrated but excited participated when in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and all the other Festivals”. And “ We made many mistakes and learned how we approach to the worldwide audience so we fixed over and over” he said. The English version of this musical Princess Pyunggang in New York, next year, KTMDI will join and play some beautiful sounded instruments, as Gayagum and Heagum, and Traditional Dances added drumming.