NANTA cooking rhythms
What a show! Everything that gets me going – without words! – combined in one performance and called Cookin’ NANTA.
A nonverbal Korean comedy musical captivating with fast beats, infectious rhythms, dance acts and acrobatics all set in a kitchen with four cooks and one manager creating all the action using kitchen utensils as drums and their bodies for sound and motion. The comedy drama begins when a bad tempered manager appears in the kitchen telling the cooks to prepare a wedding feast to be ready in one hour’s time, additionally introducing his unexperienced nephew as the head cook. Speed and agility find its way through rhythmical chopping of veggies and transforming pots, pans and plates into drums to cook up a cacophony of sounds and beats. Really a lot of fun to watch.
In NANTA’s brochure we can read that their aim ‘to overcome dullness and lack of suspension’ is by incorporating audience interaction. I agree, interaction in theaters can be a fun event if reduced to group actions such as clapping hands, repeating rhythms, even shouting out on demand is all fine. But I had that hunch that by interaction they meant audience participation on stage. And that was to be avoided – me and Tomek plotting in agreement that, in case the very unlikely would happen, he would be gentleman enough to volunteer to take my place.
Just in case – in order not to draw to much attention to myself I made myself smaller disappearing into the big red seats enjoying the show. But after their first act… the admittedly cute but daunting sexy cook (so his name) started to leave the stage, walked up the stairs, clearly invading audience space and, of all the people, approached ME with an inviting gesture. Sticking to the rule Tomek volunteered but Mr Sexy Cook apparently had made up his mind to get a lady – stirring up the crowds to give me a big escorting clap onto the stage. With shaky knees and a smile on my face I approached the spotlight – a space that should clearly be reserved for actors, by the way.
My task mainly focused on trying the ready cooked soup, wearing a colorful apron and pink crown by the time I was on stage, playing the young bride for which all the delicacies have been prepared. Of course I had a groom by my side (another audience victim) with whom I finally exited the stage accompanied by wedding tunes.
My professional work on stage was rewarded with a NANTA heart shaped pen. Apparently I did great :)
Steady with those knives, cooking team!
Chop till you drop.
Enjoying the show from VIP places with close up action and musical background.
Mmmmh. Delicous soup for the couple.
Cookin’ team black board. Beware of sexy guy.
Posing with the NANTAs.
Word of advise: go and see the show but avoid aisle seats :)