Last Saturday Faraaz and I headed to Seoul to watch some amazing performances.
The first of which was Nanta! I have been longing to see this show since last year but for some reason, only really got a chance to do so now.
When I booked the tickets two weeks ago I stumbled upon the Cookin’ Nanta website. I learned that Nanta! is said to be Korea’s Best Musical Performance since 1997! According to the website, it’s a non-verbal, musical performance that has travelled the world even reaching Broadway and approximately 42 countries worldwide. Wow! Reading this has instantly convinced me that we had to watch the show!
So off we went to Myeong Dong to catch the 14:00 show. Since it is a long running show, different groups of actors perform at different time slots. We got the black team.
The show began in high energy they kept it up all throughout the show; I was very impressed. There were no boring moments, I can assure you. In fact, I spent most of the time laughing my heart out.
The story is about three young cooks who were organizing the kitchen and doing the basic prep work. Their manager entered to announce that they have to prepare a feast for a wedding happening on the same day at 6PM. As if that’s not stressful enough, the manager brought along his nephew and asked the three cooks to train him as well. With the kitchen newbie in tow, the three cooks quickly planned and prepared for the evening’s festivities. They went about with their work preparing one dish after the other. Will they finally be able to make it to the 6 o’ clock deadline?
The show involves acrobatics, magic tricks, comedy, pantomime and audience participation. The unifying element throughout the musical is the use of traditional Korean samul nori music, which in this case in performed with improvised instruments, such as cutting boards, water canisters and kitchen knives. The performance is almost completely non-verbal. The very few words, which are spoken, are in English.
Be prepared to be hit by flying vegetables, rubber balls, water and maybe you will even be asked to participate!
If you’re looking for something new and exciting to do on your next visit to Seoul, then I highly recommend seeing Nanta! It was one of the best performances I have ever watched.
Heads up, its a GREAT show to take your parents to if they are visiting you in Korea.
Last thing: After the performance, we ate the most DIVINE food at a restaurant called Saffron. This restaurant was so good that I am going to dedicate an entire post to it (This also gives me an excuse to go back there). Look out for it in the future!