Title ; 오늘, 오늘이의 노래
- Director : Geunyoung Bae
- Puppeteers : Juhee Lee , Eunkeong Ko, Joonho PARK
- Music Director : YoungJoon Kim W& W
- Stage Director : LAKI
- Staff : Lee Joohwan, Choe Ikjun.
- Producer : Theatre RO.GI.NARAE
2011KoreaCultureFoundation has supported this show.
2011 Chuncheon World Puppet Festival (official invitation)
– The exceptional harmony of Korean traditional form of art and puppet show
– When the Door of the time is opened by mysterious dance of a crane, Our Onuri wakes up as a little puppet in its bosom.
1. What Story is it about?
Experience of meeting with the fantasy of Korean myth.
The story of ‘Onuri’, the time governing god!
The story of ‘today’, the coexistence of past, present and the future!!
The special mythology from the Je-ju island, Korea is about to be born as puppet show.
Have you thought about ‘today’ the time of coexistence of past, present and the future?
The background of this story is
the mysterious and arcane ‘Woncheongang’, the world where four seasons are present at the same time.
The ‘Woncheongang’ is the place which knows everything about the whole world and it makes itself as the root of the four seasons.
It is likely to experience profundity and mystique of the Korean mythology from the journey of ‘Onuri’, a child who has been raised by a crane, until becoming the time governing god.
Through the intended journey, ‘Onuri’ finds the answer of the question about doubt of herself her own doubtful question and also puts up with others’. Eventually she becomes the god of four seasons.
Just as all the people who met Onuri could solve their problems, so we should spend our ‘Onul’ (means ‘today’) remembering ‘yesterday’ and expect ‘tomorrow’.
This story reminds people who forgot their ‘today’ of their past and shows them their future.
Meanwhile, this beautiful fairy-tale mythology tells us about the trustful life in which we help each other, and furthermore it presents us with its philosophical theme for all over the play.
2. How has it been expressed?
Magically fantasied stage with “Yeo-beak” (means a beauty of blank spaces).
Various-puppet-play-based expressions and beautiful music are in harmony with the completion of Korean mythology.
With its whitest wings flourished, a crane starts its dancing, meaning the wild nature, at the same time, the small puppet starts having its life in the crane’s bosom.
. Little puppets in motion with subtle sensitivity, the giant stage dominating movement of the dragon.
And the harmony of various Korean dance expressions makes the whole new mythology on the play.
This play is made up with variety of forms involving puppets, play and Korean traditional music and dance.
The stage is the combination of achromatic colored cloths moving organically. Lighting gives them colors and together they guide you to the mysterious world of mythology.
A silky broad cloth makes sea waves. The sea turns into a mountain. Sometimes it becomes noble lady’s skirt and a crane’s soft wing at other times.
Floating movements of the cloths naturally become the background of a shadow play.
Once upon a time, in a far away land, there was a country called “Haedong”. A child was born to a happily married couple.
But the child’s parents had to leave their young daughter to heed the call of the Great Jade Emperor with the special mission of taking care of ‘Woncheongang'(the place where four seasons are gathered together).
The child lived alone in her island with the nature and creatures from the sky for three years.
One day, a ship made its course to the child’s island because of the storm.
The child was found by the people from the ship. They decided to call the child ‘Onul’ (means ‘today’) because they literally met the child ‘today’.
The child, ‘Onuri’ followed people to the “Haedong gook (gook = means ‘a country’)” and started to live with the Lady ‘Baek’.
One day, Onuri suddenly started wondering about her parents.
In the year when Onuri became twelve years old, Lady Baek told Onuri that her parents are in Wonchengang.
Onuri decided to go the village of white sand and to meet a learned youngman ‘Jangsang’ to find out the way to Wonchengang.
The youngman told Onuri to go to the pond ‘Yeon-hwa (means ‘lotus flower’)’ and ask lotus tree about it and also pleaded Onuri to find out why he has to read books infinitely.
The lotus tree answered Onuri to go ask the serpent about her way to Woncheongang and also pleaded Onuri to find out why there is just only one flower bloomed.
In the moist cave, the serpent pleaded Onuri why he is not becoming the dragon even he has the three cintamani (the marbles of desire). And finally, the serpent took her on his back to the world of deads and gods.
Onuri met the maiden ‘Maile’ (means everyday) after she got off the serpent’s back.
Maile told Onuri the way to her parents and pleaded Onuri to find out when the Maile’s sin will be forgiven.
On her way, Onuri met a crying Taoist fairy.
Onuri solved the Taois fairies’ trouble and the fairies led Onuri to the entrance of the Woncheongang.
There was a stern guard at the entrance and he would not let Onuri to come in.
Onuri sang a song so sadly, and soon Onuri’s parents heard her voice. They finally met each other again.
In the Wonchengang, there are four seasons present at the same time. And four doors contain each season called ‘Choon, Ha, Choo, Dong (each means spring, summer, autumn and winter).
The fact that four seasons are gathered at the same place means that Woncheongang is completely free from the flow of time.
The parents let Onuri to take a look around Wonchengang and she tried to open the four doors.
The parents were divine governors. So they told the answers for the questions Onuri had received from others.
In the way back from Woncheongang, Onuri gave answers to everyone she met. Onuri made Maile to come with her and get married with bachelor Jangsang to have eternal happiness. Onuri made the serpent to give two of the marbles to Onuri to be free from vain desire and to become a dragon by biting up to hold only one of the marbles and soon he flew up to the sky. The lotus tree gave top branch to Onuri and then every single branch bore buds.
Onuri told her story of the journey to Lady Baek and gave her one of the marbles she got from the serpent. After all of these, Onuri was called by the Great Jade Emperor and became a god·dess who takes care of Woncheongang, and thereby the four seasons, holding the last marble of the dragon on her hand and the lotus flower on the other hand.