Troy may be defeated, but never forgotten – and its women endure as survivors amid the aftermath of a ten-year war with the Greeks.
Ong Keng Sen’s epic paints the parallels between the trauma and wrath faced by the Trojan women and the pain Korean women have lived through across decades of war and division.
Through the waves of the pansori music, the women make this story their own, celebrating the importance of female solidarity in the face of adversity through music and movement.
Composed by the acclaimed pansori master Ahn Sook-sun, in collaboration with Jung Jae-iI, a producer at the forefront of the K-pop scene, Trojan Women features a cast of 25 singers, actors and musicians melding ancient and modern art forms.
The production took Seoul by storm when it premiered in 2016 and enjoyed a sell-out run at the Singapore International Festival of Arts last year.
This London performance is the first time the National Changgeuk Company of Korea, a leading resident company of the National Theater of Korea, have performed in the UK.
The Guardian wrote: "Trojan Women: the Greek tragedy that became a queer Korean opera."
Trojan Women is part of LIFT 2018, a London-wide festival of international performance taking place throughout June.
Presented by LIFT, Southbank Centre and Korean Cultural Centre UK.
A National Theater of Korea/National Changgeuk Company of Korea production, co-produced by National Theater of Korea and Singapore International Festival of Arts.
Part of the Korea/UK 2017-18 Season hosted by Korean Cultural Centre UK.
Supported by Arts Council England, Arts Council Korea and Grange Hotels.
For ages 8+.
Korean with English Surtitles.