Pojagi is a prismatic exploration of Korean history from the 16th century to the dawn of the 21st century, focusing primarily of relations with Japan and the United States. Inspired by traditional Korean shamanistic rituals, Pojagi was devised as a theatrical rite of discovery and longing, a summoning of the dead to give witness to the present. Eyewitness testimonies of early encounters between Europeans and Koreans, a succession of Japanese occupations, the assassination of Korea’s Queen Min, the arbitrary partition of the peninsula at the dawn of the Cold War, and reflections on the delicate ecosystem of the demilitarized zone combine to tell the tale of an indomitable people and embattled land.
Pojagi is the fourth part of Ping Chong’s East-West Quartet.
Conceived and Directed by: Ping Chong
Dramaturgs: Dong II Lee, Sandra Weathers Smith
Set Design: Watoku Ueno
Lighting Design: Darren McCroom
Graphic Design: Jan Hartley
Sound Design: Brian Hallas
Costume Design: Stefani Mar
Technical Director: Hitoshi Yoshiki
Production Stage Manager: Courtney Golden
Managing Director: Bruce Allardice
Choreography: Sun Young Park
Esther K. Chae, C.S. Lee, Shin Young Lee, Sun Young Park
Harvard University Institute on the Arts and Civic Dialogue, Cambridge, MA (July 1999)
DMZ Festival 2000, Imjingak, South Korea Institute on the Arts and Civic Dialogue (December 1999 – January 2000)
New York premiere, La MaMa ETC, New York, NY (February 2000)
The Harvard Institute on the Arts and Civic Dialogue
Made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts and the Rockefeller Foundation. Supported in part by New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, The Fund for Small Theatres (a project of ART/ New York), Philip Morris Companies and Lila Acheson Wallace Theater Fund, established in Community Funds by the co-founder of the Readers’ Digest Association. Additional support for Pojagi was provided by The Korea Society and New York University’s Asian/Pacific/American Studies Program.