July 15th, 2011
Class went really well today. First we had reading presentations, the readings were really tough but the students who were presenting did a great job and I feel like everyone ended up understanding the important points.
Then 박연식 Bak Yeonshik, my friend from 봉산탈춤 Bongsan Talchum evening class came to present. First he gave a short lecture on the difference between singing styles from Namdo, Gyeonggi and Seodo and then he taught them to mouth the rhythmic pattern Jungmori Jangdan. After that he had them learn to sing Ganggang Sulrae. Then they sat down to the four janggu he'd brought and learned to drum and sing the song. They had a lot of fun. Yeonshik presented his own drumming skills to them (impressive) and last of all he drummed so they could practice Bongsan Talchum with a drum for once. It was really good, I think they all enjoyed it.
In the evening I wanted to go see the performance at 풍류극장 Pungryu Geukjang but I had been convinced by 최해리 Choi Haeri to see a show with her instead. It was basically horrible! All dance, including two modernish dance and one new traditional dance plus classics, the best performance was definitely the 태평무 Taepyeongmu which I've seen so darn many times it was also kind of boring. Not the best dancer, just the best in the show.
July 16th, 2011
I stayed home and worked on the computer, went to Chans Bros and did the same, then came home and did more work. That's all. Laundry. Cooking. Cleaning. Okay NOW that's all.