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Examination of Mujin and Mutoe in the Introduction and the Conclusion of “Dangakjeongjae” of Early Joseon

SunSookSon 1

1숭실대학교 한국문예연구소

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ABSTRACT

This study examines proceedings of mujin and mutoe performed after signals of jukganja in the introduction and the conclusion of “angakjeongjae”of early Joseon through a comprehensive study of the 14 kinds of it in Akhakguebeom. First, it is examined if there is any movement of mujin or mutoe in the introduction and the conclusion. Usually “angakjeongjae”dancers perform mujin or mutoe after jukganja calls signals. However, that differs according to various kinds of jeonjae: in some they do both mujin and mutoe; in others not mutoe but mujin; or neither. Second, individual dancers’movements are compared when they perform mujin or mutoe in the introduction and the conclusion. In most cases, all the dancers do that together whereas in several kinds of jeongjae only certain dancers do that. Mujin and mutoe in the introduction are done by either all the dancers or certain dancers but those in the conclusion usually by all the dancers. Third, proceedings of mujin and mutoe in the introduction and the conclusion are focused. Different kinds of jeongjae have different proceedings of them: mujin of the whole dancers is followed by mutoe; mujin is followed by changsa(唱詞) and then by mutoe; mujin is followed by hoeseon and then by choyeol; or mujin is followed by mutoe in a different formation. In conclusion, for most versions of jeonjae mujin and mutoe in the introduction and the conclusion are conducted departing from the original position and returning back to it, in the same formation. Mujin always precedes mutoe. In some versions, however, mutoe is performed in order to stand in another formation, not to return to the original position. Besides, all kinds of jeongjae record unanimously that mutoe in the conclusion is performed by all the dancers. Accordingly, it is found that mujin and mutoe are usually performed after signals of jukganja in the 14 versions of “angakjeongjae.”Also, this proceedings suggest that mujin and mutoe in the introduction and the conclusion are kind of a customary performance to signal the beginning and the end of the dance.

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This paper was written with support from the National Research Foundation of Korea.