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Wednesday, October 19, 2005

North Korea: Arirang Culturefest

[Media: Video/Article]

I recommend that you check out these videos of the Arirang performance, and then read the article as well. There's something quite fascinating and vaguely disturbing about these performances, and I can't quite put my finger on it. This is significant because for the first time Korea has been allowing foreigners to come to their country to view this performance. Albeit, under heavy restrictions.

The performance was called "Arirang" - an ultra-patriotic and nationalistic telling of Korean history. Photos and video just can't do justice to the scope and intensity of Mass Games - a socialist art form in which individuals come together in mass. [...]

The performance runs this year for about two months - we were told that 100,000 performers took part in opening night, with a lower number of people after that. It lasted about ninety minutes. "Arirang" was also the theme of the 2002 Mass Games and we were told that performers practiced for a year - this time they took six months to rehearse for the performance.

If you find the videos and article interesting, you might also want to check out a previous post I made about North Korean Gymnastics. There's also a strange Flash Animation made by Korea to highlight that they are allowing foreigners into their country. Very strange.

Link (via Boing Boing)