Jump, the high flying, internationally acclaimed new martial arts theater event, comes to New York following wildly successful engagements in Israel, Hong Kong, Macao, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Madrid, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (2005 and 2006), Tokyo, Osaka and London! The nonverbal Korean extravaganza brings the combination of slapstick comedy, acrobatics and martial arts to the stage, for the first time ever in live performance, in a highly unique theater spectacle that has been described as "Jackie Chan meets Charlie Chaplin."
Set in the interior of a traditional Korean home, the show tells the story of an anything-but-typical family. Each member of the household, from the strict Grandfather to the pretty young daughter, enjoys nothing more than challenging the rest of the family to martial arts showdowns. When two burglars break into the house occupied by three generations of highly trained martial artists, the family turns their expertise on the unexpected guests. The hyperactive sitcom that ensues is the ideal forum for this troupe to show off their extensive training in martial arts, acrobatics, gymnastics and comic acting.
During the 3 1/2 year training period preceding the opening of the show, performers studied various combat disciplines such as Tae Kwan Do, taek kyun and hapkido from Korea and capoeira from Brazil.
The design team for the New York production includes Tae-Young Kim (scenic design); Dolsilnai, Inc. (costumes); Jong-Wah Park, Sung-Bin Lim (lighting); Dong-June Lee (music); Gye-Hwan Park (martial arts choreography) and Pan Company (make-up design).
Praise for Jump
"Did I give it 5 stars? Make that 50!"
- The Evening Standard
"Go and see the show and take all your family and friends. They will love you forever."
- The British Theatre Guide
"For sheer physical daring and feel good farce, Jump is hard to beat."
- The London Times
"The members of the cast are capable of doing things with their bodies that most mortals can only dream about [...] if Jump was merely an acrobatics exhibition it would still be well-worth the price of admission."
- The Scotsman