Here’s the official press release for Norian Maro’s 2014 Edinburgh Fringe production Leodo: Paradise Lost. The show has developed out of last year’s production, Pudasi, which LKL reviewed here.
The Stage has already given this year’s upgraded version a four-star review:
“The talented seven-member ensemble never flags in energy, choreographic skill or audience engagement”
The setting of the story, as last year, is the mythical island of 이어도, just off Jejudo (where Norian Maro is based).
Norian Maro — Leodo: Paradise Lost
A mesmerising Korean physical theatre piece featuring traditional and contemporary drumming, singing, dancing and movement.
Energetic and multi-talented Norian Maro create a powerfully enthralling atmosphere and conjure Leodo, a fantasy island and artistic nirvana, treasured by the people in the Jeju-do province. Beautiful costumes, heartfelt movements and enchanting music transfer audience in to the past, delivering the wisdom, arts and joy of Jeju. Award-winning director / choreographer Haein Song and the Norian Maro company return with their new show, Leodo: Paradise Lost, premiering at the 2014 Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Join in this joyful celebration of life. From the creators of Pudasi, named in Ten Unmissable Shows at 2013’s Edinburgh Festival by CultureTrip.
In contrast to John Milton’s usage, the ‘lost’ represents the passage to paradise. Jeju Island is wracked with poor soil and natural disasters. It is a place where people need hope. The people there depend greatly on the sea, leading to a large number of fatalities. Due to their dire way of living, Jeju Islanders created Leodo Island as a utopia or place of refuge for those out at sea. It is a place free of hunger, stress, and anxiety for those lost.
Norian Maro is able to capture the ungraspable island that is Leodo Island through magnificent movement and song. The aesthetic beauty of this artform generates an exciting space where the boundary between performers and audience can be joyfully crossed to lift each other to a higher well-being and happiness. Maro is Pure Korean, meaning the best, or the top.
‘Norian Maro has players sitting, standing, dancing, and even musically dueling with their janggu drums. Norian Maro’s janggu players run, dance, and play in intricate patterns without missing a beat’ Jeju Weekly
Norian Maro has been performing at festivals worldwide, spreading the concept of creating open, communicative, and harmonic spaces. The twelve members have varying backgrounds, including traditional singers, percussionist, contemporary dancer, and multimedia designer. The group has been living communally and fostering cultural communication through active performances of more than 800 shows annually. In 2013, Norian Maro received an international invitation to perform at the Sydney Chinese New Year Festival and CIOFF Festival Guadeloupe.
Leodo: Paradise Lost
Category: Musicals and Opera
Genres: Music, Dance
Group: Norian Maro
Venue: C venues – C
Event Website: http://norianmaro.com/production/leodoparadise-lost/
Date: 30 July – 24 August. Book tickets
Duration: 1 hour