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Ok-pop dance legends Kim Wan-sun, Park Nam-jung come collectively for ‘Eotteon Gayo’

Singers Park Nam-jung, proper, and Kim Wan-sun [JOONGANG ILBO]

Ok-pop dance music has gone world, having began with HOT and BoA and now dominating with acts like BTS and Blackpink. However these dancing idols didn’t simply seem out of the blue: Within the Eighties, there have been two singers nicknamed Korea’s Madonna and Michael Jackson: Kim Wan-sun and Park Nam-jung.

Not solely did they’ve spectacular dance strikes, however additionally they had distinctive voices that garnered an enormous fan base amongst youngsters. It would not be a lot of an exaggeration to say that Park and Kim’s dance strikes, like their L-dance and rabbit dance, have turn out to be the cornerstone for the favored Ok-pop strikes the world sees in the present day.

The 2 legends are quickly getting collectively for a part of the Mapo Basis for Arts and Tradition’s particular live performance collection “Eotteon Gayo,” which facilities on stay performances by artists from the ’80s and ’90s. They’ll function within the third efficiency, set for Jan. 18, and sing their hit songs, like Kim’s “Pierrot Smiles at Us” (1990) and Park’s “Crash Touchdown on You” (1988).

Posters for the Mapo Foundation for Arts and Culture's

Posters for the Mapo Basis for Arts and Tradition’s “Eotteon Gayo” particular live performance, set for Jan. 18 [MAPO FOUNDATION FOR ARTS AND CULTURE]

The JoongAng Ilbo, an affiliate of the Korea JoongAng Day by day, met with the 2 singers of their observe room. The upcoming efficiency could be the primary time in seven years for the pair to be on the identical stage collectively.

“I got here right here to observe; I did not know there could be an interview,” Kim stated. “We’re each not very talkative.”

Park, then again, stated, “Wan-sun was like my idol, so I could not even look her within the eye. It was good simply to be on the identical stage together with her.”

Throughout their primetime, Kim and Park had been like classmates, as they’d each be on air nearly every single day.

“It was very pure as a result of we might meet every single day, like we had been going to high school,” Kim stated.

Within the ’80s and ’90s, singers incessantly had the possibility to carry out music covers on air. Kim and Park’s connection was Michael Jackson.

“Generally we might put on matching ivory outfits and sing ‘Billie Jean,’” Park stated. “We would used a drum machine, which was actually cool to work with. The reactions from the viewers had been insane.”

“Nam-jung and I had been actually fashionable again then, so each time we did a collaboration, everybody liked it. It was a time once we might actually do something and it will immediately turn out to be successful,” Kim stated.

Singer Kim Wan-sun [JOONGANG ILBO]

Singer Kim Wan-sun [JOONGANG ILBO]

The pair had been every on the peak of their careers within the ’80s, however their roots had been fully completely different. Park stated he was so fascinated by the road dance scene within the 1983 American movie “Flashdance” that he began going to Itaewon golf equipment to study to bounce on his personal. Kim, then again, had taken skilled classes within the studio established by her aunt Han Baek-hee, who had managed a variety of profitable artists.

“Wan-sun discovered easy methods to dance underneath a scientific curriculum, and I am somebody who needed to begin from scratch. It was a time if you could not see dancing even on tv. There weren’t many alternatives to take heed to overseas music until you went to golf equipment. I used to be in a position to get familiarized to dancing whereas working part-time in nightclubs in Itaewon, and after I debuted I choreographed by myself too,” stated Park.

“I would heard that dancers used to observe within the mirrors at golf equipment again then, however I had a choreography teacher. The studio I practiced in was large. I used to be in a position to check out numerous completely different dances,” Kim stated.

These days, a myriad of Ok-pop acts dominate the trade. However within the ’80s, Kim and Park had been every unequalled. Kim, notably, was one of many few feminine artists who didn’t obtain a great deal of hate.

“I keep in mind when feminine followers would hate feminine artists, however I do not assume I’ve ever seen Wan-sun get hate. Different stars that went for a pure, harmless idea obtained numerous hate,” Park stated.

“Everybody was infantile again then. When singer Lee Ji-yeon went up on stage, the women would get jealous as a result of she had so many male followers, and they’d curse harshly at her. I noticed it with my very own eyes; it was merciless. It was a disgrace, and Ji-yeon simply pretended she by no means heard something. Not less than she’s doing properly now. The feminine singers from again then keep in contact, and we hang around repeatedly,” Kim stated.

Singer Park Nam-jung [JOONGANG ILBO]

Singer Park Nam-jung [JOONGANG ILBO]

Park, then again, says that not having a rival wasn’t all rainbows and unicorns. After Search engine optimization Taiji and Boys made their debut within the ’90s, followers swarmed over to the brand new hip-hop boy band.

“Generally I believe I ought to’ve had a rival, as a result of I had by no means felt the necessity for competitors,” Park stated, including with amusing, “It was truthfully very irritating when Search engine optimization Taiji and Boys first appeared.”

Kim additionally praised Park’s daughter Sieun, who’s a member of lady group STAYC.

“I noticed Sieun as soon as, and she or he’s so fairly and gifted,” Kim stated. “These days, I believe it is exhausting to search out younger singers who aren’t gifted. They do not simply sing; they’ve developed to bounce and even act.”

Kim and Park each say that it is their first live performance for the reason that pandemic. As a result of they’d already carried out the identical dance for 30 years, they stated they did not must even observe.

“One could also be fearful that we’d get a transfer improper, or journey. I have not practiced dancing in a very long time, however my physique remembers all of it,” Kim laughed.

“The one dance observe I do is after I look forward to the elevator,” Park stated. “It is nonetheless completely effective. I am attempting a brand new factor by which I converse with the viewers as an alternative of simply singing on stage. I believe that is what the world desires now, taking part in quizzes and handing out prizes.”

Kim and Park agree that it is their longtime followers that gave them the chance to proceed to carry out on stage, even liking them as household.

“I’ve round 20 followers of 36 years they usually’re like my closest pals,” Kim stated. “I invite them to my home and hang around with them very often. All of them have their very own work, so they have a tendency to assist me of their respective fields. I am actually grateful for his or her unconditional assist.”

“I had my first-ever fan meet-and-greet a few month in the past,” Park stated. “My followers hosted it, so I took care of the lighting and sound tools. There have been about 100 individuals, and I could not think about one thing like this might occur. I’ve thought a small group was sufficient […] however seeing how they had been rooting for me, I noticed that I nonetheless wanted to work tougher.”

Singers Kim Wan-sun, left, and Park Nam-jung [MAPO FOUNDATION FOR ARTS AND CULTURE]

Singers Kim Wan-sun, left, and Park Nam-jung [MAPO FOUNDATION FOR ARTS AND CULTURE]

After assembly with them, “legend” appeared like an understatement. Each had ardour that was nothing wanting the numerous rookie artists these days.

“I have been releasing singles since 10 years in the past. Final yr I dropped two, and I believe it will be the identical this yr,” Kim stated. “Final summer time, ‘Killing Diva,’ a film about me, acquired an accolade abroad, and I obtained the most effective actress award. In Might, I am additionally planning to be in a musical. I need to strive issues I’ve by no means finished earlier than.”

“I need to do a nationwide tour,” Park stated. “I need to make my very own work, even when it could be small. After all, Wan-sun goes to be a visitor on my present.”

“We’ll see about that,” Kim laughed. “I is likely to be busy with my musical.”

BY YOO JU-HYUN [kjdculture@joongang.co.kr]

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