This weekend, NATAS Holidays 2010 is bigger and better than ever.
As well as loads of fantastic travels deals to your dream holiday destination, record number of participating travel agents, the organizers have enlisted the help of some wonderful cultural performances to get you excited about your next trip.
Here we highlight two performances from Japan and South Korea.
When: August 27, 28, 29: 1.30pm, 4.30pm (together with Baby) and 6.30pm (together with Baby)
The Korean word ‘Pan’ refers to a place where a performance or event is staged. But over time, the meaning has been come to mean ‘gathering’ and ‘togetherness’. The performance, named Yeonhui, certainly achieves that as it unifies the actors with the audience through a spectacular show which contains all the different genres of Korean performing arts.
The audience will be spellbound by a fusion of dance, song, music and theatre that reflects communication between people as well as the connection between nature and the Korean people.
BABY (BATTLE B-BOY)
When: August 27, 28, 29: 2pm, 4.30pm (together with Baby) and 6.30pm (together with Baby)
For visitors to NATAS Holidays 2010 who are looking for something a little bit more modern, make sure to catch this hip-hop, break-dancing, body-popping group from South Korea.
This show tells the story of a B-Boy (hip hop dancer) who dreams of winning the World’s B-Boy competition. On his journey to the top, he meets his muse, a traditional Korean dancer, who inspires him to create a funky new dance style that combines the old with the new.
The performance is loud and spectacular, and is sure to have you body-popping home!
When: August 27, 28, 29: 3pm and 7pm (2 shows daily)
What is Edo Daikagura?
A traditional Japanese performance that dates back more than 12 centuries, Daikagura, which means great sacred music and dance, was originally performed at Shinto shrines to chase away evil spirits. The performance involves incredible acts of juggling and balancing of objects as well as booming drumming.
During the Edo era (1603 - 1867) it became popular all over Japan, evolving into a more humorous and entertaining spectacle for both Shinto followers and non religious folk.
Today it is regularly played across Japan, at vaudeville theatres and entertainment halls. Be sure to catch it on your next trip to Japan.
Key Performers at NATAS Holidays 2010
Maruichi Sen-ou (Drummer and Performer)
Whether he is using balls, teacups, drum sticks or water-filled glasses, the 13th Japanese Master of this fine art take will take your breath away with his extraordinary juggling live performance. Born in 1940, he has been performing on stage for more than 60 years. He has performed for royal families, including the Emperor of Japan.