Korean folk dance movements of antiquity

Korean folk dance
A scene from a folk dance in the grand mass gymnastics and artistic performance "The Land of the People". (File Pyongyang Times)

By Jong Chol

Korean folk dance reflects the Koreans' work, hunting, human relations and customs.

Among folk dances that mirror their working life are the peasant dance and farming songs and dances representing farmers' joy for good harvest and their wish for better harvest, Pongjuknori and Fishermen's Dance depicting fishing activities and Weaving Dance and Smithery Dance showing manual trade.

Korean folk dance is also unique in technique and thick with national colouring.

Dancers gracefully whirl around, moving their shoulders and feet up and down and swinging their arms, which constitutes a dancing technique peculiar to Korean folk dance.

It is also featured by absorbing interest and charm as dance movements are accompanied by various tunes. Dances are performed to the tune of such percussion instruments as drum, janggo (hourglass drum) and small gongs and such household utensils as gourd.

Typical of them are Janggo Dance, Sword Dance and Dance Turning round Decorative Tassels on Cap, which are widely known.

Korean folk dance is also strong in local features.

Among them are Tondollari, Nilliri Dance, Kanggangsuwollae and Pongsan Mask Dance. And peasant and mask dances vary in rhythm and makeup according to localities.

The folk dance of Korea also occupies its distinctive niche in the ongoing grand mass gymnastics and artistic performance "The Land of the People", winning warm applause of the audiences.

(Pyongyang Times - July 27, 2019)
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