Globally-renowned non-verbal performers Blueman Group in S. Korea for first time in 14 yrs.
Updated: 2022-06-17 12:24:10 KST
35-million people in 25 countries over the past 30 years.
Such huge numbers for just one performance group.
But Blueman Group has done it.
As virus prevention restrictions are removed, more and more globally-renowned artists are visiting South Korea, including these men in blue.
They are here in South Korea for the first time in 14 years.
Though they were supposed to come to the country two years ago, the pandemic pushed their tour back until now.
The performers are thrilled to finally be up on stage.
"There was a long time I think where we thought will there ever be an end, will the show actually come back? So it feels fantastic to be able to do it again and the fact that now we can even tour around the world and keep doing it. It is a pretty great feeling."
Blueman Group use mundane items such as PVC pipes and marshmallows, turning them into musical instruments and props, as language is NOT used.
And that is the part of excitement, the show captain says.
"What are the attractive points of non-verbal performance compared to other shows?"
"Actually non-verbal performance gives us a lot of freedom to express things that go beyond words. So we can communicate through our eyes, and through feelings that we have and also through our musical instruments. It gives us a whole new world to express ourselves that goes beyond words."
The captain says blue is the most appropriate color to show the group's identity.
"Blue is, it matches very well with the qualities of character which is open-minded, curious and very interesting."
To enjoy the show better, the performer says, bring an open mind.
And the more audiences enjoy the show, the more energy the performers get.
"We often consider the audience sort of the fourth Blueman or the fourth character because we interact with the audience so much that we come out to the audience during the show. The energy of the audience changes the show. It changes us on stage."
The show runs until August 7th.
Kim Bo-kyoung, Arirang News.