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The Little Angels, Children's Folk Ballet of Korea, Dance and Sing at the Hammerstein Ballroom

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Korean War 60th Anniversary Memorial Committee
The Little Angels
Children’s Folk Ballet of Korea

At the Hammerstein Ballroom
Manhattan Center
(Hammerstein Ballroom Website)

Korea’s Charming Ambassadors of Peace and Good Will
16 UN-member Nations Tour
To Honor Korean War Veterans

Rev. and Mrs. Sun Myung Moon, Founders
Song Kang, Co-Chairman Executive Committee
Dr. Bo Hi Pak, Co-Chairman & Executive Director

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Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
June 16, 2010

The expansive Hammerstein Ballroom, affiliated with The New Yorker Hotel, at 8th Avenue and 34th Street, New York City, was packed tonight for the second and final New York visit of The Little Angels, a Korean Children’s Folk Ballet, founded by Rev. and Mrs. Sun Myung Moon in 1962. The mission of this youthful, musical, and talented ensemble of about 34 children, almost all girls, ages 9 to 15, is to present Korean folk songs, dance, and theatre throughout the world, to share the beauty and charm of Korean culture. This year marks the 60th Anniversary of the beginning of the Korean War, and The Little Angels are visiting the 16 UN-member nations that sent troops to fight for South Korea, now the Republic of Korea. The Little Angels have received numerous Korean Republic and international Awards and Citations, in honor of their exemplary performances, including from the current and recent US Presidents.

Tonight’s Host was Dr. Bo Hi Pak, Co-Chairman and Executive Director of The Little Angels. He’s a charismatic, enthusiastic and warm presenter, and he truly enhanced the two-act event. There were numerous US Veterans and Korean War veterans in attendance, as well. At various points in the show, the Veterans were honored with spotlights and applause. But the most fascinating honor was a media montage, shown before the ballet, with Korean War film clips, archival US and international news clips, and film of the original ensemble of Little Angels performing for Royalty and honored Heads of State. The media montage was expertly arranged with obvious pride for Korean culture and obvious gratitude for the 16 UN-member nations, who sent troops to risk their lives for South Korea. The film itself and Dr. Bo Hi Pak, who was frequently onstage, were generous in thanks and reverence to the US Veterans, the US Government, and the United Nations. The montage included waving flags and national anthems.

The Little Angels danced, sang, played drums and stringed instruments, and dramatized folk stories, with colorful costumes, broad smiles, and syncopated rhythm. Once in awhile, one child would scamper to the microphone for a solo spotlight. I have never seen such precision performances from such young children. And, they looked happy, confident, and eager to please. Part I included the speeches and media montage, “Flower Crown Dance”, “Springtime”, “Fan Dance”, “Wedding Day”, and “Drum Dance”. Part II included “Hourglass Drum Dance”, “Doll Dance”, “Folk Singing with Kayakum”, “Mask Dance”, “Farm Dance”, “Toy Soldiers”, and “Chorus”. When there was a pause between dances, for costume and set changes, Dr. Pak entertained the crowd. It should also be noted that each dance was introduced by a recorded narration, that leads into a musical backdrop, unless live instruments are used.

“Flower Crown Dance” used costumes, with scarves extending from the sleeves, and crowns with silk flowers, a gorgeous design. Pink-green costumes appeared for “Springtime”, with boys and girls enacting a romantic and bucolic, gardening and gathering folk story. “Fan Dance” is about love and peace, with older dancers making shapes and flowers with giant, feathery fans. It ends with the dancers together, their fans forming one giant flower. The comical “Wedding Day”, about a couple separated by many years, is performed by children trained in athletics and farce. Ancient Korea is evoked in this adorable ballet. The “Drum Dance” closed the first half of the show, with dancers bending backward to beat the drums in perfect synchronized rhythms. Without seeing their instruments, the children build volume and tempo. This was amazing.

Following intermission, “Hourglass Drum Dance” opened Part II with blazing dynamics. Whistles, drums, and dance accentuated the power of this performance. One of my favorites was the “Doll Dance”, with tutus and pants, depicting a Lunar New Year celebration, as the dancers become the dolls. To change the motif, “Folk Singing with Kayakum” brought out the older girls playing the Kayakum, a 12-stringed zither, with evocative, elegant musicality. The girls’ voices were exquisite, lovely as the June day. In the “Mask Dance”, the Korean village people are honored. Lighting effects with ultraviolet effects really captivated the kids in the audience. Another showstopper was “Farm Dance”, with boys and girls in the fields celebrating a harvest. Folk percussion and wide, spinning, colorful ribbons added flourish and ornamentation to this dance.

Another of my favorites was “Toy Soldiers”, choreographed to “Stars and Stripes Forever”, with international flags and a patriotic mood, including the singing of “Yankee Doodle Dandy”. The final “Chorus”, with a buoyant Pianist-Director, showed off the fine vocal talent of the ensemble. The red caps and costumes brightened the lyrical harmonies that resounded throughout the Ballroom, with international songs and multi-lingual pronunciation. We even heard these children yodeling tonight, to exemplify their unique virtuosity. Kudos to Reverend and Mrs. Moon, kudos to Song Sang, kudos to Dr. Pak, and kudos to The Little Angels for an exemplary and inspirational performance.

The Little Angels
Children's Folk Ballet of Korea
in "The Drum Dance"
Courtesy of Graham Carmichael

The Little Angels in
"The Fan Dance"
Courtesy of Graham Carmichael

Dr. Bo Hi Pak, General Director of the Little Angels,
and Rear Admiral (ret.) James Robert Lunney,
at June 16, 2010 Reception.
Courtesy of Graham Carmichael

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