Thursday, December 03, 2015

Kanggang-Suwollae Dancers, Korea

Another dance performance observed at school. I loved the playful interweaving of the girls as well as the synchronized, flowing circular movements.

Kanggang-Suwollae, meaning Moon Dance, traditionally took place on the full moon of the first and eighth lunar months. At this time, women, wearing a blouse & skirt and hair tied back with ribbons, gathered in the field and joined hands to sing and dance. Performed only by women, the dance sought to bring about a good harvest. The dance begins rather slowly incorporating a solo call and choral response,  but the pace quickens to a whirlwind pace at the end.

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