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"Story of Sado Castle", Dance Drama Created by Choe Sung Hui

Pyongyang, November 30 (KCNA) -- The national dance drama "Story of Sado Castle", which was created by Choe Sung Hui in Juche 44 (1955), has been performed at the Pyongyang Grand Theatre by the National Folk Art Troupe.

The drama breaks into five acts, eight scenes and epilogue.

It is based on a story that a fisherman-turned soldier and a daughter of the lord of the castle love each other, irrespective of difference in social status. When Japs invade the country, they organize a volunteers' army and fight the invaders to defend the country.

The drama is interwoven with sword and other dances.

Choe Sung Hui made a great contribution to the development of the country's dance art.

She wrote the script of the drama, undertook its choreography and direction and made all preparations like properties, costumes, stage decorations, lighting and underscores. She also performed as heroine of the drama.

President Kim Il Sung enjoyed the drama in August that year, highly appreciating it for vividly representing the Korean people's patriotic spirit displayed in defending the country from invaders.

Afterwards, he enjoyed the drama on several occasions with visiting foreign figures.

The drama was performed more than 80 times in other countries from mid-September 1956 to early 1957.

When meeting dance creators in early April 2008, General Secretary Kim Jong Il suggested recreating the drama.

Thanks to his deep care, the drama, associated with a soul of the distinguished dancer who devoted herself to developing Korea's national dance, could be put on the stage again to mark her centenary birth anniversary.

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