A Study on Ishiih Bakwoo - A Forerunner of Japanese Modern DanceSeong Gi-sukLecturer in DanceSung Kyun Kwan UniversityIshiih Bakwoo (石井漠. 1986~1962) is in everyone?s mouth as a mythical figure and a forerunner of Japanese modern dance. He started as a research student in the orchestral music part of the Japanese Empire Theater and introduced Western modern dance into Japan by studying in Europe in the early stage of 1920s. From 1926 to 1928, he made a touring show in Korea on the annual basis and had a decisive effect on originating New Dance of a kind of dance genre in Korea. Choi Seung-Hee and Jo Taek-Won learned modern dance under his instruction and grew as new modern dancers.His dance that regards bodily rhythm as important is called ?Dance Poem?. His representative works include 『Modern Beast Image』, 『Machine and Human』, 『Golden Age』, 『Go to a Wide Plain』, 『Human Symbol』, 『Black Sun』, 『Glorification of Human』, 『Wandering People』, and 『Human Buddha』. It is considered that Ishiih Bakwoo is at the bottom of ?Oriental Creation of Modern Dance? in view of localized acceptance of foreign dance. Especially, it is clear that he, at least, should be recognized in consideration of his great effects on the creation of Modern dance in Korea.