On January 17, 2013, The Korea Society will feature Han TeRra, one of the most noted kayagum (gayageum) players, from Korea. The presentation will focus on the role of the kayagum and traditional dance with Chosun (Joseon) Period courtesan culture.In addition to the musical performances, Dr. Robert Province will provide insight into the historical background for each piece.
The Chosun Kingdom in Korea encompassed the extensive time span of 1392 through 1910. A courtesan class of women was maintained during the time period known as the kisaeng or skilled women.
As one of their sole responsibilities was to entertain the nobility, kisaeng were provided extensive training in all areas of the arts, from a very young age. As a result the kisaeng maintained a key role in preserving and developing the arts in Korea.
Korean drama fans will recognize the kayagum as the instrument is often featured in the Sageuk genre of Korean drama. The kayagum was also a key component in the 2011 drama, Heartstrings, in which actress Park Shin Hye portrayed a traditional music student and kayagum prodigy.
Sonnet of an Innocent Flower: Music and Dance of the Choson Kisaeng
Performance by HanTeRra with lecture by Dr. Robert Provine, Professor Emeritus, University of Maryland
Thursday, January 17, 2013
Tickets are $20 for non-members/Free for members
The Korea Society
950 Third Avenue at 57th Street, 8th Floor
New York, New York