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date: 20 October 2019

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Talchum, the masked folk dance-drama, has been hailed as a popular as well as therapeutic form of entertainment in historic Korea. Like other traditional performance and cultural forms, Talchum was nearly lost during the Japanese occupation in the first half of the twentieth century. Since the early 1960s, however, practitioners and historians have identified thirteen regional practices of Talchum and have built thriving tourist and educational programs designed to celebrate, preserve, and perpetuate the form. These efforts have largely remained performed on the Korean peninsula and written in the Korean language. This chapter considers elements of Talchum that are common across the thirteen preserved styles of the masked dance-drama and details an extended, deliberate immersion into the culture of Korea’s folk masked dance drama by a female Western outsider with the intent to bridge the current divide through an embodied inquiry.

Keywords: Korean Talchum, Hahoe, Bongsan, masked dance-drama, embodied inquiry

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