THUR | OCT 31 | 8 PM (MASK MAKING @ 6 PM & DANCE LESSON @ 7 PM)
$16/$10 Members, Students & Children/FREE for Teens (Workshops included; limited supplies available)
Bongsan Talchum is the 17th Important Intangible Cultural Properties of Korea. It could be characterized as a Korean dance performed while wearing a mask, miming, speaking and even sometimes singing. Bongsan Talchum is not just dances performed by masked dancers but also include significant dramatic content with masked characters portraying people, animals and sometimes supernatural beings.
These folk dramas reflect the frustrations felt by the lower classes towards the Confucian literati Yangban, due to the latter's treatment of the commoners, show the life of the common man and process social problems such as monks who ignore their precepts and men who cast off their old wives.
The Bongsan Mask Dance is a traditional performance describing Korean people's rough but healthy emotions with dance movements. Masks show an outstanding arrangement of black, white, blue, red and yellow. Performers could conceal their social status behind the masks. Dancers make movements by bending their arms and stretching them again, while holding their long sleeves. They jump high as well and extend the motions with their whole body. Their movements are strong, but cheerful and rhythmical as well. Music is played on wind and string instruments as well as percussions. Dancers perform behind the masks with their bold and impressive movements.
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Support for our programs is also provided by Acrobuffos/Seth Bloom & Christina Gelsone, Angela An, Robin Bell-Stevens, Dongjiang Bi, Cathay Bank, Douglass Chan, Amy Mak Chan, Sharon Chen, Ginger Chinn, Dr. Hsing-Lih Chou / New York Institute of Culture and the Arts, Con Edison, Crossings TV, Exploring the Metropolis, Kuang-Yu Fong / Chinese Theatre Works, Barbara Garii, Matthew Goldner, Howard Graf & Kathy Donovan, Guru Krupa Foundation, Lily Han, Heather Harrison, Belinda Pilin Hsu, Alice & Steve Huang, Hung Pin Hung, Raymond D. Jasen, the Jim Henson Foundation, Ellen Kodadek, Nelson Lee / Flushing Bank, James S. Liao, Emily Lin / Lin & Loveall Foundation, Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation, Frank Macchio, Materials for the Arts, William McClure / Queens College, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, Jassy Z. Min, New York Chinese Chorus, Northwell Health, Carlos Ortiz, Queens Art Education Center / Arthur Liu, Queens Courier, Resorts World, Camillo Reyes, RuDance / Asian American Dance Sport Corp., Helen Shieh, Richard Siu, Curtis Smith, Mike Sperendi & Jan Schneider, Taipei Cultural Center in New York, Michael Tang, Veronica Tsang, Tai & Tony Wang / Glow Foundation, Jay Wegman, Constance Wingate, Anna Wu, Minwen Yang, Hank Yeh, Sandy Yeh, Shane Yeh, and Angela Qi Zhang. We are extremely grateful to the anonymous donor who contributed a $40,000 challenge gift in honor of our 40th anniversary and inspired so much generosity in others. Support at $500 and up for the 2020 fiscal year is included.