The new series focuses on Pansori, a genre of Korean musical story-telling. (photo courtesy of KCCLA)
The Korean Cultural Center Los Angeles presents a special online project titled “Oh! Pansori” running through June 29 on the KCCLA YouTube channel.
“Oh! Pansori” is a new seven-episode video series produced by the Korean Culture and Information Service and hosted by Dong Han, a member of the K-POP group Wei. The series is easy to follow and will provide viewers an opportunity to learn about Pansori Chunhyangga, a fun program with a young generational focus.
Pansori is a genre of musical storytelling performed by a vocalist and drummer. The popular tradition, characterized by expressive singing, stylized speech, narratives and gestures, embraces elite and folk culture.
Chunhyangga is one of five surviving Pansori tales. It is a love story between Sung Chunhyang and Yi Mongryong. Despite social class differences, the two fell in love. Chunhyangga, a Korean folk tale, concludes with a happy ending.
“Pansori is difficult, even for Koreans who grew up listening to Pansori,” KCCLA director Sangwon Jung said. “This ‘Oh! Pansori,’ with K-pop idol Dong Han, will target younger generation Americans. We will continue to introduce a wide variety Korean traditional content with a twist, so that everyone can enjoy it even more. I think it’s important that we create content customized for the U.S. market.”
Audiences can enjoy music and dance performances by visiting kccla.org, and the organization’s YouTube channel at youtube.com/channel/UCNn_oYg2Vwg-dagc5R8vuIg.