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Theatre Company HADDANGSE
Taking an actual murder case of Maria(Hong-rye Byun) in 1931 in Busan as the motif, the piece poses a question to human desire and avarice. As a news article aptly described, this incident was "just like a detective novel," it is depicted in a way that evokes silent film techniques, a widespread form of popular culture from that era. The most authentic form of expression at the time will take different nuances for today's audience. The play's fictional aspect is amplified by emphasizing the feel of 're-presentation' appropriately done by the actors.
Similar to silent movies, the actors stage the life of Hong-rye into play and use melodramatic style and accent of the 1930's. They assume the role of silent film narrators and engage in the story in various ways, making the lines of a character delivered by several people. The sound effects are achieved by actors on stage, using vinyl, wood, papers and many more, like when the post synchronization of silent films.
A Japanese aristocrat and company owner Dae-gyo, his wife, her lover Jeong-Sang, and a young Korean man Gu-Il - the hell-scape created by these characters will unfold in a new way that mixes theatre and cinematic techniques. Film acting methods of the 1930’s as well as silent and black and white film techniques follow the perspective of a detective on investigation while crossing between the past and present. While tight roping on levels of film in a play and a play in film,
Set designer and director, Si-joong Yoon founded HADDANGSE in 2008 and has been continuously creating works. Based on the company’s motto that it "does not seek efficiency," he values a range of attempts to create theatre even though it might not take a shortcut and be time-consuming and detouring. Major works include: <The Great Play: Le grand cahier>, <Faust 1+2>, <BRUSH>, <Synchronize>, <Haddangse>, <The Seagull>, <3cm>, <Marat Sade> and <The Smallest Frog Prince of the World>. He has been awarded Best New Director from the 48th Dong-A Theatre Awards, Grand Prix of Gimcheon National Theatre Festival and Best Performance ASSITEJ, and also nominated for Lear Wilson Award and Drama Desk Awards, New York.
Writer ｜ Dan-bee Uh
Director ｜ Si-joong Yoon
Dramaturg ｜ Wook-hyun Sun
Set Design ｜ Si-joong Yoon
Sound Director ｜ Haesoo Eshu Jung
Music Director ｜ Jung-hoon Pi
Music Guidance ｜ Hye-sung Lee
Light Design ｜ Myung-jun No
Costume Design ｜ You-sook Rhee
Prop Design ｜ Eun-hye Park
Photographer ｜ Eun-kyung Lee
Cast ｜ Soo-hyun Lee, Suk-kyung Mun, Dok-hyun Yoo, Dong-woo Kim, Ji-hye Kim, Hee-do Choi, Min-kyu Shin, Ebada Oh, Wan-woo Oh, Ji-won Yun, Soo-ji Jung
The name of Theatre Company ‘HADDANGSE' means 'Look up towards the sky, look down upon the earth and look into the world'. HADDANGSE has created original and unique pieces such as <Titus Andronicus>, <Haddangse>, <Nam Guy, Un Mec Super-Child>, <Lord of the Flies>, <Faust I+II>, <The Great Play: Le grand cahier> as well as family theatre works such as <The Smallest Frog Prince in the World>, <BRUSH>, <The Overcoat>, <Story of a Giant> and outdoor plays such as <Tiger Rock in Mountain Inwang>, <Tempest>, and <Twelfth Night>.
The works of HADDANGSE were well-received from various audiences and awarded for best performance, director and acting from many of leading domestic and international theatre festivals. The company has a motto of strong commitment, "We go from the sky to the end of the earth with force," and of community spirit, "Look up towards the sky, look down upon the earth and look into the world" – the lessons and reflections from which are driving its creative process.