Music, Festival

No Longer Gagok: Room 5↻

Organised by: Arts House Limited
Performed by: Park Minhee (Korea)
  • Date:
    22 - 24 May 2020
  • Time:
    Fri: 7:30pm
    Sat: 3:00pm & 7:30pm
    Sun: 3:00pm
  • Duration:
    30min, no intermission
  • Venue:
    Living Room, Festival House (The Arts House)
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  • Language:
    Performed in Korean with some English translation
  • Admission:
    *Limited concessions available for students, NSFs and seniors.


** This event is cancelled. **

No Longer Gagok: Room 5↻ is an intimately poetic and utterly contemporary experience of a traditional Korean art form, conceived by Korean gagok vocalist, Park Minhee.

What does it mean to perform traditional music in the present-day?

For Park Minhee, a traditional vocalist trained in gagok, the process lies in an endless negotiation between past and present, re-interpreting the attitudes of past eras for a contemporary audience.

Cue No Longer Gagok: Room 5↻. Established in the 18th century, the highly regulated gagok form transforms into an intimate spatial experience in this work.

Representing a cyclical movement, audience members enter seven rooms – five in which they come up-close with performers, and two holding rooms.

In these compact spaces and brief encounters, Park invites audiences to experience – and not watch – the performance, allowing gagok's beauty to permeate each listener's being. Is this gagok? Or no longer gagok?

Subtly moving, No Longer Gagok: Room 5↻ is an ode to the deeply affecting power of the voice and an insightful glimpse into the changing faces of tradition.

No Longer Gagok: Room 5↻