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‘‘Madame Ong’’ at Théâtre de la Ville in Paris

A key moment on the 2015-2016 France-Korea Year program is Madame Ong, a saga of a femme fatale in the form of Korean traditional music theater, at the Théâtre de la Ville.
On April 14-17, 2016, the national troupe of Korea, Changgeuk, will be at the Théâtre de la Ville for Madame Ong, a tale traditionally passed down in the form of a sung tale adapted here as musical theater (Changgeuk).

Madame Ong

‘‘Saga of a true femme fatale. All men fall in love with her. Yet, as soon as she marries them, they die within the year. Expelled from her town, she travels and finally encounters a man she loves. However, he is a charmer and lazy man who she forces to work, collecting logs, a task that leads him to unearth a sacred totem that acts as a geographic marker and tutelary god for the village, a sacrilege that leads to his being transformed into a totem. She then decides to rescue him, and to love him forever. This tale, passed down in the form of a pansori (a sung tale in the traditional Korean tradition) is presented in an updated version within the scope of a “Changgeuk” (a form of musical theater), with as much admiration as love and humor. In France, where it will be performed for the first time, Madame Ong will prove to be a true discovery, ever so enchanting, and unforgettable.’’
Colette Godard, France Culture
Madame Ong is an event of the 2015-2016 France-Korea Year, in celebration up until August 2016 of 130 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries.