Introduction

Introduction

Madanggeukpae Wukumchi

  Arts and critic circles have paid attention to Madanggeuk since it represented the voices of social
criticism with its democratic world view. Madanggeuk is characterized as an open play to
communicate with the audience, and has similarities to Western European avant-garde
plays for its experimental methods.
With the democratization of the civilian government as well as the extension of
culture and art policy in the mid 1990’s, however, Madanggeuk standing at the
spot to fight for the right to exist did enlarge its spaces for the performances to
more diverse places of lives and was evaluated as losing its dynamic vitality
and disappearing such thing.

The Madanggeuk company, 'Wukumchi' is recreates the national performance
mode to be required for the future by inherit a soundness of the traditional art
mode. They have seek to unravel the contradictions found in the present Korean
society through vivid life stories of the masses. Since established in September
1990, they have tried the multitude spread of the national cultural art, taught a folk
play and performed an episode creative performance in the National Main Festival...
etc for several hundred times.

They were invited Theatre of Nations '97 Seoul/Kyunggi, the 2nd Asian Theatrical Festival
officially and rewarded a Special Prize at the 33th Baeksang Art Prize. They also were invited
'98 Kywachon International open air theatre festival officially. In the result of these many activities,
they are recognized as the most famous Madang-geuk group in Korea.

'Wukumchi’ positively adopts the features of madanggeuk in the beginning such as its democratic world view,
open structure, and the elements and styles as a traditional feast. and To complement the weaknesses of the previous
open madanggeuk, it repeatedly conducts experiments to enhance a work’s completion by using new sorts of technology
and equipments (lighting, sound, structures, costumes, props, makeup, & stage setting).

'Wukumchi' succeeds to our history and traditional culture creatively, reflects contemporaries’ lives, and performs progressive experiments correspondingly to the contemporary trends of performance studies.