Thursday, March 13, 2014

Traditional Korean Dance: Samgo-Mu

Samgo-Mu (Three Drums)
A very energetic dance, it is a popular crowd-pleasing performance. The three drums are arranged in a way that the drummer can hit all of them while dancing. I've seen this dance several times, and enjoyed seeing the syncopation and flexibility of the drummers as they bend backwards to hit the drum in back. In Sangmo-Mu, the beat gets progressively faster and stronger as it reaches the end of the song. Despite the graceful costumes, these performers show their strength and percussive oomph. This court dance originated in the Goryeo Dynasty and celebrates victory.

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