Sunday, August 7, 2011

Miyal Performance at Pungryu Theatre

July 28th, 2011
We had class with a little extra Bongsan Talchum practice for the students.

July 29th, 2011
My friend from K-Arts, 기영 Giyeong, helped me find someone to teach the students Korean court dance, the very nice이은솔 Yi Eunsol. The students were sort of amazed how difficult what looked like simple motions actually was to do.

The last performance in the series of mask dance drama performances was on "Miyal" (the old grandmother). I went directly to Pungryu Theatre after class, talking with the Bongsan Talchum performers a bit (although the focus for the evening was Eunyul Talchum). The show was good, but again, it was awkward to be combining the different dramas (Eunyul, Gangnyeong, Bongsan) into one show. I was surprised that Abigail and Amada came. After the show I took them and Sumi out for jeon and makgeolli. I think I'm converting my students to a big love of Korean arts! 


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Anonymous said...

I just did a google search for Bongsan TalChum and you blog popped up.

While stationed in Korea with the Air Force in Dong Du Cheon from 2001-2002 I also practiced with a BongSan TalChum club. We practiced at the ShiMin Haegwan(sp?). Sorry, my keyboard does not have Hangul intalled. I made a few good friends that I keep in contact with. We even had the priviledge of performing in Insa-Dong.

Being a tall white MiGuk I had a hard time with doing the Saja Chum.

Anonymous said...


I really enjoyed reading your notes on dance in Korea. I am a dancer and recent college grad, and am considering going to graduate school in Korea for dance. I was wondering if I could ask you a few questions via email about KNUA, and your research experiences there. From an academic standpoint, I am interested, too, in its role as a national institution for the transmission of Korean art, and also as a prospective student. Thank you very much for your time!

CedarBough said...

I am so sorry I didn't see your comment until now. I would be happy to converse with you about K-Arts (KNUA is now abbreviated as K-Arts) and dance in Korea.

CedarBough said...

awesome! Glad you enjoyed learning the mask dance drama.