Shamans in Contemporary Korean Theatre
By Ah-Jeong Kim
To Be Published January 1st 2014 by Routledge – 240 pages
Series: Theatres of the World
Shamans in Contemporary Korean Theatre draws an absorbing parallel between Korea’s most innovative theatre practitioners and the ancient Kut – or shamanic rituals – that are preserved to this day by professional exponents. Framing these two forms as vital chapters in Korea’s performative culture, this book traces the roots the nation’s contemporary performances back to its ancient traditions.
Kut is here represented by the introduction of two leading professional shamans and their specific rituals:
These highly respected figures are juxtaposed with four discreet and diverse theatrical figures:
Ah-jeong Kim is director of graduate studies at California State University, Northridge.