Uganda, Korea celebrate ties in style
Posted Saturday, October 26 2013 at 01:00
The Koreans expressed emotions of love and sorrow through their traditional folk songs and dance, bringing out the diverse nature of their culture.
In appreciation of the diplomatic ties shared for more than 50 years, the Koreans organised a festival to celebrate their continued collaboration with Uganda. The festival, which took place at Imperial Royale Hotel, attracted a full house of both Ugandan and Korean nationals to the Primrose ballroom.
The Korean performers, Legend K, through a performance dubbed The Four Seasons of Love, put up an energetic performance in a powerful display of their culture and love for music.
The performances, which were inspired by flowers that grow in four seasons, was emulated in a love which flourishes between a young couple. All this was presented in modern classical dance and traditional Korean quartet.
Just as the spring flowers appear after the long cold winter, the dancers appeared as harbingers of spring in a slow and meditational performance. The female traditional Korean percussion quartet soon took to the stage, symbolising the start of spring.
This performance was soon followed by the traditional folding dance that was highlighted with acrobatic movements. The female dancers, dressed in Hanbok (Korean traditional dress), moved gracefully, which was nothing compared to the dynamic exuberance of the B-boy and Poppin’ performers.
Sounds of a Korean fiddle bit deeply into the audience’s ears, ushering in the contemporary dance presented by a solo performance as the music served to present an atmosphere of sheer excitement.
The festival ended with a musical performance from one of the musicians from Korea who got the audience to its feet. Those who could not understand the lyrics simply clapped their hands and cheered on to the beat of the music.