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EXPLOREPerforming Arts


2nd OnStage Korea Showcase of the 2018 Season

Goblin Party's

Once Upon A Time

Thursday, June 28, 2018 at 7:00PM
Studio Theatre (Metheny Theatre)
1501 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20005


Thanks for your interest! Due to a strong response, this event is currently full and we are no longer accept additional RSVPs. We appreciate your understanding. We will try to accommodate any walk-in guests, but cannot guarantee admission or seating.

Website: www.KoreaCultureDC.org
Email: culturedc@mofa.go.kr
Phone: 202-587-6152

The Korean Cultural Center Washington, D.C. proudly presents the second showcase of OnStage Korea’s 2018 season, featuring Once Upon a Time by the original theater troupe Goblin Party. Fusing dance, acting, live music, costumes, and the story-telling songs of pansori, this unique performance represents a complete theater experience. Goblin Party aims to broaden the boundaries of dance, theatre, and music through this convergence of movement, sound and live performance. 


In a live performance, objects and props are typically used to help express a theme or intention. Goblin Party strives to break this idea, offering a different perspective: each traditional Korean costume or prop plays a significant role that contrasts with its original meaning, acting as a storytelling medium in itself.


Once Upon a Time explores themes of the past by introducing iconic Korean traditions such as the costumes, instruments, and stories that have shaped Korea’s ancestral culture. The group utilizes traditional Korean cultural items such as gat (horsehair hat), hanbok (traditional clothing), and Janggu (hourglass-shaped percussion instrument) to create and present new ideas with imagination and humor. Goblin Party’s artists also present classic Korean tales such as Simcheong-ga, one of five surviving stories of the traditional storytelling musical genre pansori. By creating a unique combination of physical movements and instrumental music, while channeling ancestral voices through song, Goblin Party breaks the boundaries of performing arts.


This performance strives to present new ways of thinking about traditional culture, but viewers will also experience a drifting sense of time across a single stage, as the artists reflect on things forgotten, unbound by tradition. Ultimately, Once Upon a Time offers a new interpretation of traditions through curiosity and imagination in understanding Korea’s iconic cultural artifacts. It not only suggests a new way of inheriting traditions, but a new view of what traditions mean for each of us. Once Upon a Time received the Excellent Artwork for Dance Creation award by the Korea Arts Council in 2016, and was selected as one of the Best Five Artworks of the Year by the Korea Dance Critics Association, also in 2016.

Founded in 2007, Goblin Party is a rising young performing artist group. Creatively, its members constantly strive to create art that emphasizes communication while producing performances that expand the audience’s horizons through unique humor, wit, and creative ideas. Goblin Party uses as its symbol a traditional Korean goblin, known in folk culture for extraordinary strength and mischievous behavior, and has performed nationally and internationally using this concept. The group is comprised of artists who work in many different aspects of performance art, including choreography, dance, and theatre, while also creating stories based on deep understanding of human nature. Goblin Party's work capitalizes on human emotions and physical responses that emerge from human experiences to create their unique repertoire. 

[Goblin Party Members]

Artist Director: Kyung-min Ji
Co-Directors: Kyung-gu Lee, Jin-ho Lim
Music Director: Seung-gi Kim
Producer: Jin-woo Kim
Lighting Designer: Seung-ho Lee
Music: Remi Klemensiewicz
Performers: Kyung-min Ji, Kyung-gu Lee, Jin-ho Lim