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About the Mask dance drama of Bongsan

Mask dance drama of Bongsan

This mask dance was passed on in the Gilyang-ri Dongseo-myeon Bongsan-guen Hwanghae-do region, was moved to Sariwon around 1915 and continued to be legated. This dance was mainly performed on the holiday Dano (May 5th; celebrating May the lunar calendar month a Mask Dance Drama of Bongsan nd the day of the same odd-number representing auspiciousness) in the northern regions, starting off with the Sangjwa dance and closing with a exorcism session. Compared to the 'Yangjubyeol Sandaenori' (an informal and satire performance of the commoners rebelling towards the Yangjubyeol-area privileged-class) of the central regions, the dance has more vibrant moves and resembles the continental legacy of the 'Geonmu' (a hood dance/martial arts). The masks are also made uniquely with a more realism-oriented technique. The Bongsan Mask Dance consists of 7 section performances - section 1 Sasangjwa(four head monks' sedentary) dance; section 2 Palmokjung (eight monks') dance; section 3 Sadang (fair lady) dance; section 4 Nojang (senior's) dance; section 5 Saja (lion's) dance; section 6 Yangban Malddugi (the nobleman's and the truth-revealing MalDduGi's) dance; and section 7 Miyal Yeonggam(old man, Miyal's) dance, it represents less religious significance and rather much more folk recreation, in comparison with other mask dances. Beside Kim Gi-su, Yang So-eun, Yoon-Ok and Kim Ae-seon are other holders of the skills.