Monday, April 11, 2011

A Club Practices Songpa Sandae Noli!

April 9th, 2011
Georgy came to Seoul. Otherwise, nothing interesting.


April 20th, 2011
I made pancakes for breakfast and then miraculously despite putting it off for weeks did our taxes. I hate giving the government taxes out of my fellowship money. It's just offensive. Seriously.

I went to 송파산대놀이 Songpa Sandae Noli class. Class was just 함완식 Ham Wanshik with no one to help him, but he did a great job. The older woman (53 but her skin looks maybe 35) who is a friend of 이수환 Yi Suhwan was there. Her name is 김은수 Kim Eunsu. The interesting thing was I started asking her about who she'd been practicing with. Apparently everyone would know this, but I didn't, 방송 통신대학교 which I am too lazy to look up but it's like Broadcasting Communications University, but it's a remote plan where you can learn without necessarily full attendance, or just evenings or weekends, or internet or whatever, has a club for Songpa Sandae Noli, or more specifically they have a club called 민속연구회 Folk (Culture) Research Group (they go by Minyeon 민연) that does Songpa, Samulnori, and Korean dance for example fan dance. They've been doing this since she says 77 or 78 and most of the participants aren’t good at Songpa but a few are very good, and they should come learn from the group sometimes, but they don't since some people are so good, and they perform and everything. She still practices with them every week. She said they might come except they're busy older people with families. 

For class we did Act 3 and Act 4 (before Aesadang enters the stage). It went pretty well. 어원석 Eo Wonseok and 함승헌 Ham Seungheon were both late, in Ham Jr's case very very late, so it was me, Eunsu, Ham's friend, and the two elementary school girls. 

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