Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Korean traditional mask plays

SuyeongYaryu is one of Korea, traditional mask plays. It has been displayed as a south-type mask dance in Suyeong-dong, Suyeong-gu, in Busan. The origin of the mask dance dates back 200 years. It is said that it arose from a mask dance that was ordered to mask performers of Bambari, Chogye, Hapcheon-gun by Jwasuyeongsusa.

The main theme of the play is that of mocking the corrupted noble class, and it is composed of various different sections such as Yanbangwajang, Yeongnogwajang, Halmi-yeonggamgwajang, and Sajamu(lion dance) gwajang is usually performed on the 15th of the New Year according to the lunar calendar.

A regular performance is given every June at the Suyeong Folk Art open theater.

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