For the beginners of Talchum Episode.1.5

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For the beginners of Talchum. Episode 1.5!

#The Categories of Talchum_Summarized Instruction

We could meet ‘Mask’ in every countries.

In Korea, it is called ‘Tal(탈)’.

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Likewise, ‘Mask’ has been used as a decoration but it was developed as a genre of Performance in the world.

As “Masque performance” and “Talchum”.

When we think talk about “Mask”, there is a masterpiece that comes out.

The world musical “The Phantom of the Opera”

And musical “Phantom” which is the sequel to “Phantom of the Opera”.

뮤지컬 [팬텀]

Then ;;;

When we talk about ‘Tal(Korean Mask)”, which one comes out the first?

Definitely.. The most popular one is “Hahoetal(하회탈)”.

​Left Hahoetal_Nobleman/ Right Hahoetal_Butcher

|Photo from : NAVER e-Museum

And about “Talcum(Korean traditional mask dance)…

“Bongsan Talchum(Mask dance in northern area)” comes out the first.

​Bongsan Talchum | Photo from : Doosan Dictionary

And you know what?

“Dance with the mask” is not simply called as “Talchum”!

#.Here below, The Talchum master, Changryeol Heo, will give you Summary of Talchum
about its regional categories and the features in 3 mins!


First of all, Korea has 13 types of Talchum which are registered as National intangible cultural asset and passed down.

1. Northern Area = “Talchum”

In the northern area, it is called as “Talchum” with the name of region.

Bongsan in Hwanghae-do – Bongsan Talchum

Kangryeong in Hwanghaedo – Kangryeong Talchum

Eunyul in Hwanghaedo – Eunyul Talchum

2. Seoul / Gyeonggi-do province = “Sandae Nori”

In Seoul & Gyeonggi-do province, it is not called as “Talchum” but “Sandae Nori”.

And also put the regional name before the genre.

Songpa-gu, Seoul – Songpa Sandae Nori

Yangju in Gyeonggi-do – Yangju Byeol Sandae Nori

3. Busan Area = “Yaryu”

In Busan, it is called as “Yaru(野遊)”.

Literally means “Play on the Ground”.

Dongrae-gu, Busan – Dongrae Yaru

Suyoung-gu, Busan – Suyoung Yara

4. Western part of Nakdong river = “O-Gwangdae”

Goseong – Goseong O-Gwangdae

Tongyoung – Tongyoung O-Gwangdae

Gasan- Gasan O-Gwangdae

5. In Kyeongbuk Province = “Tal-nori”

The representative region of Kyeongbuk Province is ‘An-dong’
and it is famous with “Andong Hahoe Byeolsin-gut Tal-nori(안동하회별신굿 탈놀이)”

Andong – Andong Hahoe Byeolsin-gut Tal-nori

6. Gangwon-do Province = “Gamyeon-geuk(Mask Play)”

Gangwon-do – Gangneung Gwanno Gamyeon-geuk(강릉 관노 가면극)

7. Hamkyeong-do Province in North Korea = “Nol-eum”

The famous one passed down in Hamkyeong-do is ‘Bukcheong Saja Nol-eum(북청사자놀음 : Lion mask play).

Hamkyeong-do Province – Bukcheong Saja Nol-eum

#. The Regional Features.

Northern Area : With long sleeves. Big motion with lots of jumping.

Seoul / Gyeonggi-do Province : Many cute and small motions.

Southern Area : Slow and long. Many down motions.

▲ Talchum Master, Changryeol Hoe_Member of  Play Company The Gwangdae , Initiator of Goseong O-Gwangdae

Here below the Video clip of Hoe’s Talchum Class.


On November. 9!!

The Talcum Performance will be on the stage in Jeongdong Theater!!

Do not miss it!!

To be continued..!

#정동극장 #창작탈춤극 #동동 #11월9일 #창작초연 #매우 동동해

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