Why is Pas de Dieux producing a Kang San-eh concert?
Since 1998, Kang San-eh has long been a friend before the creation of Pas de Dieux. We met in the downtown district of Los Angeles through a Korean fine artist Youn Woo Chaa, whom San-eh was visiting for an extended period of time. And thus, we shared many adventures.
One evening, at a stuffy diner event at the Korean Embassy in Los Angeles, San-eh was suddenly called out for an impromptu song. No warning, no band, no guitar, he was handed a microphone. Not wanting to let the guests down, he took the mike reluctantly. With a deep breath, he then brought the audience into a rhythm. And then the magic began, he lit up his voice. His fire was so bright that we all forgot that there really wasn’t a band. Imagine sixty-year old Korean business men in three piece suits and diamond cladded wives clapping their hands and crying in joy.
This indelible moment resonates as deeply as seeing a Decroux mime, a truly autonomous artist who has freed himself from the entrapping of accessories in expressing his art. The connection with his body, his voice, his spirit and the audience is all that is required to witness something extraordinary. There is no real formula, he constantly experiments and always surprises. But more importantly, he has a very clear and subtle sense of “justesse” (knowing the right measure) not only as an artist but as a true friend and human being. His lyrics and his music have strongly influenced our theatre creations. His spirit of resistance against the pop-culture machine and governmental injustices has inspired us to continue creating despite the harsh realities of trying to create artistic theater: lack of funds, waning popularity, and the onslaught of marketed entertainment.
If the West has Bob Dylan and Ben Harper, the East has Kang San-eh. It is with a deep pleasure to invite you to reach across the boundaries of art and geography to discover kindred spirits that inspire us to continue on our path less travelled.
KANG SAN-‐EH BAND
Drums : Ki Tae LEE
Keys : Kyung Chun KO
Bassist : Jae Hyeon MIN
Guitar : In Jae BANG
Organisation: Won KIM, Iseo YOUN, Jemina BORACCINO
Press : Jemina BORACCINO
Assistant production : Narae CHOI
French-Korean Press: Yoon Park (Korea-France Communication and Marketing Network)
Video Editing : Anthony Dausseur
Volunteers : Jongsu Lee, Arno Vincendo, Tamas Forrai, Géraldine Denis, Ray Lin, Jung-hyun Lee, Min-ok Ahn, Kook-hea Chang, Sang-hyun Nam, Eun‐jin Kim, Myung‐ah Kang, Soo‐hye Moon