Chuck S. Hohng
2020 Norujeon

Norujeon, Roe Deer Play, is based on a story I was told about my maternal grandfather. During Korean War, his entire platoon was killed. Previous to that event, his platoon hunted roe deer, a sacred animal in Taoist mythology, and consume the meat except for him. Story was told to me as a child, and weather it is based on a truth or as a cautionary tale rooted from centuries old tradition, it resides in me as a part of how I see this world.
My dance will be roughly in a style, based on "Dongrae Hakchum: Crane Dance" with edition of sound that is roughly based on "Talchum"/ "Madangguk"/ "Pansori" (all folk/ traditional Korean theater) style sound in the background. I grew up learning about movements and gestures of Traditional Korean dance via educational system and also from my mother who majored in Traditional dance in her University. However, this performance also delves with Korean diaspora – studies have shown Korean is one of the fastest language that will be completely wiped outside of Korea, through generation. Since my move back to the States in 2003, I had no access to traditional art, theatrical and performative, and reconstructing this piece with minimal reference from previously gained knowledge.
All the inaccurate usage and reference therefore becomes living proof of Korean diaspora. Forgotten knowledge and magik that saved my grandfather is presented with knowledge that is, in time, being forgotten by an artist, who is a second generation Korean American.