Government pressure on musical about detention camp
A cultural center in southern Seoul runs the musical ‘Yoduk Story’ which is set in a remote North Korean detention camp, Yoduk. Its creator had to overcome several obstacles because of the controversial message of the show.
Musical director Jung Sung-san said the government’s possible pressure forced some investors to pull out of the plans for the show, and a theater cancelled a planned staging of the show at the last minute, posing the biggest hurdle to the ‘Yoduk Story’.
Eventually, an Internet-based news outlet, Dailian, donated the stage to the Yoduk Story.
Life in detention camp
“With this work, I aim to let the world know the reality of North Korea’s prison camps and to save the souls of the victims,” said the show’s 37-year-old director, who endured prison confinement for listening to a banned South Korean broadcast. He defected to the South in 1995.
More horrible in reality
“Yoduk Story is a work looking back on several years of my life full of painful tears in the detention camp,” said Kim Young-sun, the show’s choreographer who defected to South Korea in 2003.
The text above is an excerpt of an article published by World Peace Herald. See link below.
World Peace Herald – 23 March 2006:
‘Analysis: North Korea’s gulag put to music’
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