Korean folk dance changes according to local feature, climate influence, geographical conditions and social, historical situation of the times. Dong-Rae Crane Dance is also originated with nature and history, society, and cultural background of Dong-Rae area, and it is a folklore dance that the characteristic temper of Dong-Rae people is expressed in dance movement to give off composed and rich flavor. I intend to seek the legitimacy of Dong-rae crane dance through the study on the origin and artistic characteristics represented in this Dong-rae crane dance.
I looked into the aesthetic characteristics appeared in the dance movement of Dong-rae crane dance.
First, as the figure of Yangban(nobleman) who wear white Dopo(korean full-dress) and black hat symbolized the shape of crane, there are symbolism and physical beauty with natural beauty. Second, since the appearance of life in the general common people was expressed, it has richness and unrefined beauty. Third, there is an elegant beauty with composure and grace of prodigals enjoying and dancing according to the slow rhythm of 4 beat. Fourth, we can feel delicate coquetry beauty in the uvula play exposing with breathing and the movement of dance expanding and contracting knees up and down in expression of the crane movement. Fifth, through the characteristics of popular Daedong-noli, we can find liberty and impromptu with excitement and interest through Baegim gesture, seen in the process and the climax of a dance to let all villagers participate together in the dance.
As mentioned above, Dong-Rae crane dance is generated with nature, climate, history, and cultural change of Dong-rae area. Unwinding freely and impromptu the picture of the lives of people, giving shape to the movement of crane, and it includes the sense of beauty containing the refined and sophisticated sublimating beauty out of the category of a simple folk dance.