After graduating from ITI in 2020, Han Kyongsu (‘20) continued to work in Singapore as a teacher and intercultural theatre practitioner before moving to South Korea. In this informal session, Kyongsu returns to the school to share her culture and experiences with the ITI community.
Salpuri is the act of washing away your sorrows and removing any remaining grievances and regrets. Salpuri, in its present-day form and style, was developed during the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1897) as a shamanistic practice, though today it is most frequently performed as an artistic dance. It is considered to be one of the oldest extant Korean traditional dances, characterised by deep breaths with traces of gracefulness found in 태평무 (Taepyeongmu, the Queen’s Dance).
There are many different types of Salpuri. In her demonstration, Kyongsu will present 본 살풀이 (Bon Salpuri), originally danced by Master 한영숙 (Han Yeong Sook) and later officially titled and performed by her disciple 이은주 (Lee Eun Joo) in 1990.
After the demonstration, participants will learn the basics of Korean dance through 숙대기본 (Sookdae Basics). Founded by the late Master 송범 (Song Beom), the Sookdae Basics are the foundation currently taught in universities, as well as the National Dance Company of Korea.
Socks or soft dance shoes
Ankle-length dance skirt, loose pants or long, flowy cloth
A trilingual performer-practitioner, Kyongsu trained at LASALLE College of the Arts and Intercultural Theatre Institute. Her body of work includes theatre for young audience, musical, opera, dance and film. She has worked with Singaporean companies such as Cake Theatrical Productions and The Finger Players. Her directorial debut was in 2018 with Dialogues des Carmelites. International collaborations include The Revolutionary Model Play 2.0 directed by Wang Chong from Beijing, China. Film work includes Ramah-Tamah directed by Alecia Neo.
Kyongsu attempts to reflect her multidisciplinary and intercultural background in her work, and continues to train in Odissi and traditional Korean dance. When she is not on stage, Kyongsu teaches. She has taught movement and acting at Centre Stage School of the Arts and the National University of Singapore's Temasek Hall.
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