Namsadang Nori – An estimable piece of Korean on-the-ground culture

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Namsadang-nori (남사당놀이) is the performance were held on the ground instead of theaters. “Namsadang-nori” includes six “nori” such as: Pungmul-nori (hat performance), beona-nori (plate performance), Salpan-nori, Eoreum-nori (on-thin-ice performance), Deotbeogi-nori (mask performance), Deolmi-nori (puppet performance). As the limitied time and space, we just had chance to enjoy 2 of them as mentioned below:


As first, the artist quickly explained us the overal information about “Namsadang-nori”, then he and his coordinators amusingly showed us a short scene of famous traditional play with quirky wood made puppets.  Not using the string to control puppets as most of the puppet plays around the world, here, they just used the hands and their own once-upon-a-time voice to feature the opposite life of aristocrats and commoners at that time, cleverly. Click the link below for a short record of it (sorry for my bad recording skill T.T). Furthermore, they gave to all of us a chance to be a real artist while playing the puppets. We were definately a very amateur  in doing this (_ _)!

After the Deolmi course done, the artists kept showing us another part of Namsadang-nori which is called Beona-nori (버나놀이). That is a performance with beona (plate). Performers spin and toss the beona into the air by using a long wooden stick while walking around and witty talking to audiences. After briefing us what is “beona” and how to play “beona nori” entertainingly, they gave us a chance to try playing it. Honestly, it was not as easy as I thought eventhough my mission was just simply holding the stick and nothing else (_ _). Keeping a spinning plate on a thin stick for that long 1,5 minute was a triumph of mine (!). Anyway, all of us have had a enjoyable time, then! ^.^

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