Purcell Room, Southbank Centre, London.
Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult. We cannot issue refunds to under 14s who are not accompanied by an adult.
A rare opportunity to see Korea's traditional opera sung by this legendary Korean pansori singer. Pansori is a way of sharing myths, folklore and drama through limitless and passionate vocal-lead music.
'The intimacy, the translation, the audience and the ambience are just as important as the music. When all that comes together, pansori really is one of the world's great musical art forms' (Songlines)
Ahn Sook-Sun has previously sung the complete canon of five pansori pieces in their entirety, including Chunhyangga, the most beloved of pansori that lasts a full 8 hours. She has been performing and winning awards internationally for decades. In K-Music 2018, she shall be performing the pansori Heungbuga.
There are five surviving stories within Korea's pansori tradition and Heungbuga is the most humorous and immediately enjoyable, depicting the lives of ordinary people and their trials and tribulations.
Greedy, rich Nolbu has inherited his parents' house and land and banished his poor but good-hearted brother Heungbu, leaving the brother with nothing but a large family to support. One day, Heungbu finds a swallow with a broken leg. He cares for the bird, who repays this kindness by bringing Heungbu a gourd seed to plant. When the seed bears fruit, it is full of treasure. Upon hearing of this, the unscrupulous Nolbu is overcome with jealousy and breaks the swallow's leg, hoping for his own reward. Nolbu receives a gourd seed too, but finds that it is full of goblins.