[Press Release] High Kick: The Musical

Santa Monica, CA (September 28, 2011) - “High Kick”, the title of the new original, non-verbal sports musical scored by Woody Pak, will begin its official two month run on October 8, 2011 at the Yeongdongpo CGV Art Hall in Seoul, Korea.  The new musical, produced by Seol & Company of Korea, is based around the sport of soccer and incorporates acrobatics, sepak tacraw, martial arts, b-boying, and dance to create a true performance art show.  Woody’s exciting, dynamic music, provides the pulsating foundation upon which the artists can shine.

“Calculation of trajectories for balls kicked to the sides of the stage so as to control them as they jump in every which direction, LED screens over the top of the stage to provide continuity to the flow of the story, adhesion to the actors’ every motion utilizing Woody Pak’s music that amplifies the dynamics of the sports contests, all contribute to the heightened sense of completeness” -  Dahoon Jung, Segye Times. 

The show presents sports performance with humor, playfulness and an impressive athletic cast that can boast professional soccer, gymnastics, and martial arts backgrounds.  Most notable are cast members Yungjo Choi, one of the original cast members of the martial arts based musical, “Jump” and the amazing technical virtuosity of Mam and Nanni, Thailand’s national Sepak Takraw champions.  The international cast and production is already scheduled to appear at the Edinburgh Festival in 2012. 

“Sports, like dance, is full of rhythm and dynamic energy, which made composing for High Kick a wonderful and challenging experience,” says composer Woody Pak. “To discover the inherent musical cadence within the flow of soccer was a revelation for me.  Because soccer is both explosive and finessed it was the perfect medium to create a sonic sphere of extremes and subtlety.” 

For Woody, an accomplished United States-based composer for film, television, and musicals, this project was his first foray into composing for an original Korean musical.  Recruited by the Seol producers to bring a sense of global appeal to the music, Woody has been pleased by the intense creative collaboration and is proud of the results.  In particular, the finale, “I Love Soccer”, provides a rousing end to the show and is sure to keep the crowd singing long after the show is over.