The best Korean performance taken the world’s breath, since 1997
NANTA is a comic musical non-verbal performance derived from the traditional Korean instrumental performance “Samulnori.”
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 coup de grace is a “Three-Drum Dance,” in which a drummer beats three standing kitchenware drums while his cohorts slice through the air around him.
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 stage history.
NANTA made its international debut in 1999 at Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where it received an award for the best performance.
Since then, it has been staged 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 on March 7, 2004 and running for one and a half years.
NANTA had become the first Asian show to open its own off-Broadway theater!
No dialogues, consisting of music, gibberish and motions, there is no language barrier in NANTA.
The biggest strength of NANTA to be performed abroad and to be enjoyed by people of various cultural backgrounds is its greatness of nonverbal performance.
Traditional Korean Rhythms
NANTA combines rhythms of Korean folk music with modern musical forms to create an experience of unique and familiar to the international audience.
Many nonverbal performances can seem dull because they consist of only rhythms and beats.
NANTA overcomes this drawback by using the art of cuisine as its background, and adding dramatic scenes to the performance.
The audience of NANTA becomes a part of the show.
They perform on stage. Spectators can be the bride and groom of the traditional Korean wedding ceremony, compete in dumpling stacking, and interact with the performers. Everyone at NANTA Theatre meets the extreme thrill and fever of the rhythms and fun!