Hannuri Yeonhui Traditional Performing Arts Company
Kim Won Min, Head of the group.
Hannuri Yeonhui Traditional Performing Arts Company is made up of students and alumni of the Korean National University of Arts open back in 1992 in Seoul. The group is engaged in preserving and continuing the legacy of Korea’s traditional music featuring Pungmul,
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Namsadang Nori is a multifaceted folk performance originally practiced by travelling entertainers. It includes various components: acrobatics, puppet play, mask dance, tightrope walking, and pantomime. Drumming is an essential feature of all the acts. All the performers are engaged in witty exchanges with each other about the oppression of the lower classes. In 2009 Namsadang Nori was inscribed on the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Besides it is the base for the contemporary Namsadang theater style.
Since 1998 Hannuri Yeonhui Arts Company has been engaged in promoting and expanding Korea’s traditional arts. From 1999 to 2010 the group took part in thirteen Hannuri Yeonhui Troupe Conferences held in the Republic of Korea. In 2003 it traveled to St. Petersburg to perform within the cultural exchange program. In 2005 the company was awarded the Presidential Prize of the World Samulnori Competition. In 2008 they finished fourth at the Jeonju Performing Arts Competition, one of the biggest music contests of Korea.