How to tell a story with a tightrope 2012/05/27, Source, [ARTIST IN FOCUS]
Kim Dae-kyun contemplates as he answers questions during an interview. The jultagi (tightrope walking) performer says walking and meditation help him create plots and narratives that speak to people. By Park Sang-moon
The stage is a rope one-inch thick and ten feet above the ground. You walk, run, sit and jump on it - all while sticking to the story and engaging in dialogue with other performers on the ground and people sitting in the stands. Jultagi - Korea's 1,300-year-old tightrope walking technique with 40 different styles - was given intangible heritage status by Unesco in November of last year. While it is an honor for supporters of jultagi, it would be safe to say that no one was as overwhelmed by the news as Kim Dae-kyun, Korea's Important Intangible Cultural Heritage No. 58,...More
South of the DMZ, grappling with the legacies of war 2012/04/01, Source, 'Korea is the only divided nation on earth and [has] the only unification minister in the world'. - Yu Woo-ik
A view of the fences at the Demilitarized Zone at sunset. The area remains as a symbol of the division of the Korean Peninsula and is the most heavily fortified border on earth, yet also offers a rare cultural and ecological experience, making it a popular tourist destination. [JoongAng Ilbo]
The war was over. The sound of artillery fire died down, warships sailed home and fighters landed. On July 27, 1953, the United Nations Command, the People's Liberation Army of China and the Korean People's Army of North Korea agreed to an armistice on the Korean War after prolonged truce talks at Panmunjom in Gyeonggi Province. The South and the North each retreated two kilometers (1.2 miles), and the Demilitarized Zone between the two Koreas was born,...More
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