The Korean word NANTA means “to strike relentlessly”, just like striking in a boxing match or hitting a drum. That is the main theme of the performance: the use of knives and sticks, scoops and spoons to “NANTA” the whole stage. NANTA is a non-verbal performance of reckless rhythms that dramatize customary Korean percussion in a strikingly comedic stage show. It integrates unique Korean traditional tempos with a western performance.
NANTA is derived from the traditional Korean instrumental performance “Samulnori.” The roots of Samulnori come from Nong-ak which is known as famer’s music and it is played to cheer up farmers when they work. The kitchen is its backdrop, chefs its main characters. Knives and other kitchen utensils are transformed into musical instruments in the hands of the performers. They thrill the audience with acrobatic cooking shows, a surprise wedding ceremony, and an exciting dumpling challenge. The highlight of the show is a “Water Drum Sequence” where drummers beat 5 standing kitchenware drums with water and LED lights on them and this climax leaves the audience wondering whether it’s the drums or their heart beating.
NANTA has been one of the most popular shows in Korea ever since it premiered in October 1997, drawing the largest number of spectators in Korean theatre history. Instead of remaining where it is, the artistic and cultural values of NANTA has constantly been upgraded. NANTA made its international debut in 1999 at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where it received an award for the best performance. Since then, NANTA has performed in the U.K., Germany, Austria, Italy, Japan, Taiwan, Singapore, the Netherlands, Australia, etc. Eventually NANTA made it all the way to New York, premiering at the Minetta Lane Theater (off-Broadway) on March 7, 2004 and had a run for one and half years. Currently NANTA can be seen in exclusive theatres in Seoul and Jeju, and is also highly recommended by tourists and locals alike as a “must see performance”.
The Manila season of COOKIN' NANTA opens on November 10, 2015. Tickets are on sale through Ticketworld. Call 891-9999 or visit www.ticketworld.com.ph. For group bookings, email email@example.com.
Ticket prices are at:
Php4,500 - VIP
Php3,500 - A Reserve
Php2,800 - B Reserve
Php1,200 - C Reserve
Php600 - D Reserve