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Posted : 2011-07-26 18:47
Updated : 2011-07-26 18:47

Girls’ Generation ― it’s the girls’ time!


Girls’ Generation

By Kwon Mee-yoo

K-pop group Girls’ Generation rocked some 20,000, from children to their parents, from Koreans to overseas fans, at their “2011 Girls’ Generation Tour”at Gymnastics Stadium, Olympic Park in Seoul, Sunday.

The nine girls gave a powerful performance, offering 32 songs in three hours. The seats were filled with “samchon,” or “uncle fans” and followers from across the globe. As there were more males than at any other concerts, the sounds of the crowd’s shouts were relatively low but their spirits were higher than ever.

The crowd waved pink glo-sticks and chanted “so-nyeo-si-dae,” Girls’ Generation in Korean, as the nine members emerged from a lamp-shaped structure. They sat in a perfect line, gazing into the audience. They opened the concert with “Genie” — wearing white lacy jackets, shorts and knee high boots, instantly taking the stage by storm with their powerful choreography.

They continued with “You-aholic,” “Mr. Taxi” and “I’m in Love with the Hero” from their Japanese album. The girls even sang “Mr. Taxi” in Korean, for which the lyrics were written exclusively for this concert. The members ran around the hexagon-shaped stage, crossing all over the floor to see as many fans up close as possible. The audience might have wished they had a couple of extra pairs of eyes to see all the members simultaneously.

Girls’ Generation followed with numbers such as “Let It Rain,” “Kissing You” and “Oh!” They waved to the audience with broad smiles when the fans sang along with the songs loudly.

After a series of hits, the girls decided to show off their individual charms. Hyoyeon returned to the stage in a white leotard and danced to Rihanna’s “Don’t Stop the Music,” while Jessica showed off her sweet voice in Tamia’s “Almost,” playing the piano herself as well. Sunny broke with her cute image by choosing to sing Britney Spears’ “Three.” Wearing a hot pink jacket, she danced perfectly with pink ribbons. Taeyeon and Tiffany gave off a sense of maturity as they performed “Lady Marmalade.”

The mood was reversed when Taeyeon sang “Devil’s Cry” in a black costume decorated with feathers with rock vocals as an introduction to the group’s hit song “Run Devil Run.” All the members returned for the powerful track mixed with Tchaikovsky’s “Swan Lake,” hinting at their transformation, just like the black swan. “Hoot” was rearranged as a rock version, continuing the intensive color of the group with their signature choreography of shooting an arrow.

Yuri sang Janet Jackson’s “If” before Sooyoung danced the cha-cha with professional dancer Kim Dae-dong, and her slender body in a blue dress moved in perfect harmony with her partner. Seohyun became a cute 1960s diva in a black dress like Audrey Hepburn to wow the audience by tap dancing to Betty Hutton’s “Stuff Like That There.” Last but not least, Yoona gave a powerful dance display to Madonna’s “4 Minutes.”

The girls literally toured around the stage on a boat, wearing small crowns as if they were fairy-tale princesses when they sang “My Child” and brightened up the atmosphere by singing “Naengmyeon,” a summer song originally performed by Jessica and comedian Park Myung-soo. When the members appeared amid the seats on a moving stage, fans went wild and even S.M. Entertainment producer Lee Soo-man himself stood up to cheer the girls.

When the group performed “Forever” with fans as the last number, they bowed deeply and Sunny even shed tears.

After endless demands for an encore, the girls came back on stage with their debut track “Into the New World.” Taeyeon said the group celebrates its fourth anniversary this year and hopes to continue longer with their fans. Tiffany and Sooyoung thanked their international support in English and Japanese, respectively.

“I wish we could reminisce about this moment later, listening to the same music with our fans,” Yuri said.

The concert proved that Girls’ Generation stands at the heart of hallyu, or Korean wave. People from all over the world came to see the concert, from Japan, China, Singapore, Taiwan and even the United States. Some 100 members of fan site www.soshified.com came to Korea with help from the Korea Tourism Organization. They sang aloud to most of the Korean numbers together with the girl group and danced to their routines.

Girls’ Generation also seemed excited about those who came from a long way away to see their concert.

Sooyoung said of the overseas followers that came to the concert, “They buy plane tickets to come to Korea and see us and we are really grateful. I feel that music connects us and our fans together despite language.”

The girl group will continue touring Asia and with the full schedule still to be announced.
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소녀시대 콘서트

소녀시대가 지난 주말 올림픽공원 체조경기장에서 열린 "2011 Girls' Generation Tour" 콘서트에서 2만 여명들의 관객들의 마음을 훔쳤다.

아홉 명의 멤버들의 세 시간 동안 32곡을 부르며 무대를 꽉 채웠다. "삼촌" 팬들부터 해외 팬들까지 많은 팬들이 객석을 채웠고, 다른 콘서트에 비해 남성 관객들이 많아 그들의 함성 소리는 굵었지만 분위기는 어느 때보다 열광적이었다.

무대 가운데의 램프 모양 구조물이 열리며 소녀시대가 등장하자 팬들은 분홍색 야광봉을 흔들며 "소녀시대"를 외쳤다. 흰색 레이스 재킷과 핫팬츠, 부츠를 신은 소녀시대는 "소원을 말해봐"를 부르며 완벽한 안무로 팬들을 사로잡았다.

멤버들은 일본 앨범에 실린 "You-aholic," "Mr. Taxi," "I'm in Love with the Hero"를 부르며 콘서트를 이어갔다. 특히 이번 한국 콘서트를 위해 특별히 "Mr. Taxi"를 한국어 가사로 부르기도 했다. 아홉 명의 멤버들은 팬들에게 최대한 가까이 다가가기 위해 육각형 모양의 무대를 뛰어다녔다.

"Kissing You"와 "Oh!" 등의 히트곡을 부르며 팬들에게 웃으며 손을 흔들어 준 다음 소녀시대는 개인들의 매력을 보여주었다. 효연은 흰 레오타드를 입고 Rihanna의 "Don't Stop the Music"에 맞춰 춤을 추었고, 제시카는 Tamia의 "Almost"를 부르며 가창력을 뽐냈다. 귀여운 이미지의 써니는 Britney Spears의 "Three"에 맞춰 평소의 이미지를 벗고 강렬한 춤을 선보였다. 티파니와 태연은 "Lady Marmalade"에서 성숙한 매력을 보여주었다.

검은 색 의상을 입은 태연이 "Run Devil Run"의 인트로인 "Devil's Cry"를 강력한 록 발성으로 내지르면서 공연의 분위기는 반전되었다. 소녀시대의 히트곡 "Run Devil Run"은 백조에서 흑조로 변신한 멤버들을 연상시키는 차이코프스키의 "백조의 호수"와 함께 편곡되었다. "훗" 역시 록 버전으로 편곡되어 특유의 안무와 함께 강렬한 분위기를 이어갔다.

유리는 Janet Jackson의 "If"를 부르며 카리스마를 보여줬고, 그 다음으로 수영이 라틴 댄스 선수인 김대동씨와 함께 Pussycat Dolls의 "Sway"에 맞춰 차차차를 췄다. 서현은 오드리 헵번처럼 검은 드레스를 입고 나타나 탭 댄스를 선보였고, 마지막으로 윤아가 마돈나의 "4 Minutes"에 맞춰 강렬한 춤을 추며 평소의 얌전한 이미지와 다른 모습을 보였다.

동화 속 공주님처럼 왕관을 쓰고 보트를 타고 나타난 소녀시대는 "동화"를 부르며 말 그대로 무대를 한 바퀴 돌았고, "냉면" 등의 노래를 부르며 여름 분위기를 이어갔다.

마지막으로 "영원히 꿈꾸고 싶다"를 부르며 팬들에게 인사를 했고, 써니는 울먹이기도 했다.

끊임없는 앙코르 요청에 소녀시대는 다시 무대로 돌아와 데뷔 곡인 "다시 만난 세계"를 불렀고 팬들에게 마지막 인사를 했다. 티파니와 수영은 각각 영어와 일어로 외국에서 온 한류 팬들에게도 감사 인사를 했다.

이번 콘서트에는 일본, 중국, 싱가포르, 대만 등 아시아 지역뿐 아니라 미국의 소녀시대 팬사이트인 www.soshified.com 회원들 100여 명 등 전세계에서 온 팬들이 참석했다. 그들은 한국어 가사도 거의 완벽하게 따라 불렀다.

수영은 무대에서 해외 팬들을 보면 마음이 애틋하다며 비행기 표를 끊어서 콘서트를 보기 위해 한국까지 오는 그들의 정성에 감사한다고 말했다.

소녀시대는 아시아 콘서트 투어를 계속 할 예정이고, 자세한 일정은 추후에 발표될 것이다.


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