Yesterday was election day in Korea, so Angie and I had a chance to see some sights.
It was a beautiful day in Seoul - sunny and warm, with a cool breeze.
Our first stop was Unhyeongung Mansion, where we stumbled into a Pansori performance.
I heard a microphone check, walked over to see what was going on, and discovered this performance.
Pansori is a traditional storytelling method that is very rhythmic.
Think trance-rap, and you start to get close.
I love it, because the audience is encouraged to participate.
It can get a little rowdy, with the feeling of an Southern church (Amen, brother!!).
Anyway, we walked right into a front seat, and this vibrant woman put on a great performance for us.
She also sang Arirang and a few other songs; clapping, smiling, snapping her fan, and joking with the audience till she had us all laughing.
- Because the rhythm spoke to my body
- Because her body language communicated so much information
- Because my fellow audience members signaled me with laughs, groans, and shrieks of delight
- Because her eyes, smile, and face spoke a thousand words
- Because melodies reach across all borders
- Because the tone and pace of her voice was full of signals
- Because she used her fan as a prop to signal us
How many of these tools do your use purposefully in your communications?
Not enough, if you're anything like me...
Give just one a try and see what happens.
If you want to see Pansori in action (and see a great movie), you should rent or buy "Chunhyang". It's Korea's Romeo and Juliet - an excellent story, beautifully filmed.
This lucky discovery reminded me once again:
Keep your eyes, ears (and heart) open, and you never know what you'll find.