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Korean Nanta Coming to Guangzhou

Updated Beijing Time

“High energy experience with infectious rhythms.”
                                                                         —  The Guardian, UK

“Top Entertainment!” — The Stage, UK

The inhabitants of Guangzhou will soon have the chance to appreciate the world famous non-verbal Korean performance Nanta, free of charge.

Organized by the Korean Tourism Organization, the kitchen-themed comic performance will visit the cuisine-rich city of Guangzhou this October, marking the 10th anniversary of Korea as a tourist destination for the Chinese.

Internationally awarded, long-term run on Broadway

At its debut in October 1997 this world famous performance brought in a record 20% above theater capacity, achieving the largest audience numbers in Korean history.

Nanta made its international debut in 1999 at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where it received an award for best performance. Since then it has been staged in the U.K., Germany, Austria, Italy, Japan, Taiwan, Singapore, Australia and the Netherlands. With so much support from successful overseas performances, Nanta finally opened a long-term run on Broadway in New York in February 2004, becoming the first Asian show to do so.

Comic storyline, interactive performance

Nanta is a non-verbal performance presented exclusively through music and motion, eliminating any language barriers, and can be enjoyed by people from all over the world.

Nanta combines Korean folk rhythms with modern musical forms to create an experience unique yet familiar to international audiences, with a storyline that includes various comic scenes set in a large kitchen.

To double the fun, audiences are encouraged to participate in the show. Spectators can be the bride and groom in a traditional Korean wedding ceremony, compete in the piling up of dumplings as well as interact with the performers.

Time: October 17, 2008
Venue: Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall 中山纪念堂
Ticketing: book free tickets at the Korean Tourism Organization (KTO), Guangzhou
KTO address: 1/F Fortune Plaza, Tiyu Dong Road, Guangzhou
(Metro line 1, Tianhe Sports Center station, exit B)

(By Zhu Yanshan and Stephen Roach)

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Editor: Zhu Yanshan

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