Many people in Nha Trang City, Khanh Hoa Province were able to enjoy and learn about South Korea's traditional art through the performances of Ulsan City's art troupe at the art exchange program between Khanh Hoa Province and Ulsan City taking place at Khanh Hoa Provincial Conference Center (46 Tran Phu Street, Nha Trang City) on August 23.
Many people in Nha Trang City, Khanh Hoa Province were able to enjoy and learn about South Korea’s traditional art through the performances of Ulsan City’s art troupe at the art exchange program between Khanh Hoa Province and Ulsan City taking place at Khanh Hoa Provincial Conference Center (46 Tran Phu Street, Nha Trang City) on August 23.
The art exchange program between Khanh Hoa Province and Ulsan City featured the performances of Hai Dang Song and Dance Troupe of Khanh Hoa Province and the art troupe of Ulsan City. In nearly 120 minutes, the artists of the two art troupes performed 22 performances of singing and dancing. The South Korean artists took part in 20 performances, in which the most outstanding ones were eight performances of traditional music. According to Lee Hee Seok, president of Ulsan Art and Culture Federation, the artists started to practice and prepare for the program 10 months ago. They all wanted to give audience the best performances.
The program opened with a performance of traditional musical instruments of Ulsan artists. The music sounded like the harmony between Khanh Hoa Province and Ulsan City. Afterwards, the performances of South Korean traditional dances captured the audience’s interest. The royal dance with solemnity of the dancers in dance moves represented a prayer for peace of the country. The fan dance performance performed by dancer Kim Mi Ja was a reminder of the image of Korean women in feudal society. Another fan dance performance combined with Arirang folk song, a typical traditional music of South Korean, represented the beauty of the country.
The program also included many favorite traditional songs of South Korean people. The performance of female singer Kim Mi Kyoung helped the audience understand more about South Korea’s Pansori solo drama. Ulsan City in the 1930s was reflected through the song namely Ulsan Big Baby. Lyrical folk songs and dances combined with unique traditional musical instruments and props impressed the audience. The performance of Jindo drum dance, one of the folk dances of South Korea, expressed freedom and excitement. Besides, the artists of Hai Dang Song and Dance Troupe and Ulsan City’s art troupe showed a quite smooth harmony in two performances of Vietnamese song and South Korean song.
After many years, people in Nha Trang were able to see live performances by a South Korean art troupe. Despite differences in language, music and dances connected the artists and the audience. “This is my first time seeing live performances by a South Korean art troupe. Although I don't fully understand the content of the performances, I find the performances very interesting. Through the performances, I have learned more about the traditional performing art of South Korea," said Phu Thuy Thanh Tra (student of Faculty of Foreign Languages, Khanh Hoa University).
Speaking at the art exchange program, Dinh Van Thieu, Vice-Chairman of Khanh Hoa Provincial People's Committee, said that the program aimed to enhance the relationship, create an atmosphere of friendship and popularize the cultural beauties of Vietnam and South Korea, Khanh Hoa Province and Ulsan City. The program was an important event to continue maintaining, promoting and cultivating the cooperative relationship in all fields between Khanh Hoa and Ulsan.