Tuesday, October 07, 2003

Madang Kut uses ritual enactment to reconstruct a collective life of harmony based on the spirits of playfulness and inclusiveness. By transforming socially oriented theater into a shamanistic ritual act, the performers and spectators can create collective ecstatic moments, a truthful portrayal of reality, a practical method of social change, and a healthy image of the people - the four essential elements of madang kut. this transition from theater to ritual allows a onstant invocation of social memories and realitites that, in turn, transforms silenced histories of han
into healthy histories of shinmyong and also offers possibilities for constructing an alternative history.
(Performing Democracy: Contemporary Madang Kut of South Korea: Dong-il Lee)