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Performer

Date & Time

Saturday Sat, 10 Feb 2024

Location

Bangalore International Centre
7, 4th Main Road, Domlur II Stage
Bangalore, Karnataka 560071 India

Seungmu is one of the most representative folk dances of Korea, performed by a dancer dressed in a Buddhist monk’s attire. Although commonly referred to as “monk dance,” seungmu is not a dance formally associated with Buddhist rituals or danced by a monk.

Seungmu is performed by a dancer donning a white monk’s robe, overlaid by a red stole. The dancer is coiffed with a peaked hat and wears white padded socks with pointed tips. Starting out with yeombul, the tempo changes successively to dodeuri, taryeong, gutgeori and jajinmort. With characteristic arm movements, like the quick pitching movement and the swishing of the sleeves creating long, fluttering trails in the air, seungmu is usually accompanied by wind instruments like piri and daeguem, haegeum, the fiddle-like string instrument, and drums (jangu and buk).

This highly-sophisticated dance with a complex rhythmic structure and intricate choreographic designs gives intense expressions to life’s joys and sorrows and depicts the human struggle to transcend and sublimate themselves.

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Performer

Yi (Lee) Chul-jin

Dancer

Yi (Lee) Chul-jin is a traditional Korean Buddhist dancer and art manager. He is the fourth generation of Seungmu from Han Sung-jun and third generation from Han Young- Sook. He is the only male dancer who plays Salpuri and Taepyeongmu which are referred to as a masterpiece.