Although probably passed its glory days, after 10 years Cookin’ Nanta is still going strong. Here’s a bit from their website :
- A Nonverbal performance integrating Korean traditional "Samulnori" rhythm with comic and drama! Audiences of all ages and nationalities can enjoy! Everyone is welcome!
- Since the first performance in October 1997, this world famous Non-verbal Performance made a record of 20% above full capacity at the theater driving the largest number of audience in Korean History.
- Nanta made its international debut in 1999 at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where it received an award for best performance. Since then, it has been staged in the U.K. , Germany , Austria , Italy , Japan , Taiwan , Singapore , the Netherlands , and Australia . With plenty of support from successful oversea performances, in February 2004, Nanta finally opened a long term performance in Broadway New York , being the first in Asia.
- Voted to be one of " the 10 most famous tourist attractions in Seoul" by Korean Tourist Service (300,000 tourist every year)
One of the better shows I’ve seen recently – Stomp style with a Korean cooking flavor, funny with lots of action, involving the audience and showing some great moves, Cookin’ Nanta was great fun.
Compare this to the Israeli version of Stomp called Meyumana I saw a few years back in Israel …
Unsurprisingly, I like the Korean show better. BTW – there are some free tickets available (worth the box-office 45US$) if you know where to look. Go see it.