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The Placelessness of Korean Folk Dance

  • The Korean Journal of Dance Studies
  • Abbr : KRSDS
  • 2018, 70(3), pp.53-70
  • DOI : 10.16877/kjds.70.3.201808.53
  • Publisher : The Korean Society for Dance Studies
  • Research Area : Arts and Kinesiology > Dance
  • Received : July 15, 2018
  • Accepted : July 31, 2018
  • Published : August 31, 2018

Yoon Jihyun 1

1한국예술종합학교

Accredited

ABSTRACT

This paper deals public stadiums in the 1970s’ Korea as a case showing the placelessness of folk dances. The essence of folk arts is that the members of a local community participate in all together and that there is no distinction between those who perform and watch. The active involvement of viewers could evoke collective spirituality. However Korean Folk Arts Festival held in public stadiums, structurally distorted folk arts including folk dances. It was held in a national contest format. In limited time and space of the competitions, Korean Folk Arts Festival tended to endorse folk arts that were 'made' as prize-winning repertoires. In this regard, the public stadiums can be understood as places where the folk dances were inherently lost. Therefore public stadiums become the space representing the loss of place identity, that is, the case of placelessness of Korean folk dances.

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