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The Met Lunar New Year Festival: Year of The Rooster

  • Metropolitan Museum 1000 5th Avenue New York, NY, 10028 United States (map)
May art bring you good fortune! Mark the Year of the Rooster, one of the twelve animals of the Chinese zodiac, with performances, interactive gallery activities, and artist-led workshops for all ages.

Jindo Buknori (Jindo Drum Dance)

2–3 pm, 4–5 pm @ Floor 1, The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium

This dynamic drum dance originates from the region of Jindo, an island located at the south western edge of the Korean peninsula. The drummer/dancer performs with the buk (barrel drum) strapped around the waist. The drumming sections and rhythmic components are derived from the rhythm patterns of pungmulnori, the large percussion ensembles heard outdoors during community events such as Jindo Deulnora (Jindo Field Song) and Duregut (Dure Shaman Ritual). In Jindo, the Buknori janggo (hour-glass shaped drum) techniques are realized and played on the buk—a distinctive feature found only in Jindo. Although this dance is known for its masculinity with vigorous dynamics, the dance movements are well-blended between lines of straightforward beauty and feminine elegance displayed in curved lines. Both show a high level of technique and artistry.

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Buchaechum (Fan Dance)

12:15pm @ Great Hall at Met

The buchaechum (fan dance) is widely known as a representative art form of Korea. The dance features elegant movements by performers dressed in colorful traditional gowns. The tradition of women dancing with fans comes from the dance of female shamans. Over time, this tradition was transformed and reborn into a dance that encapsulated the beauty of restraint and was performed in the royal court. In the buchaechum, fans are spread open, closed shut, and brought together to form different shapes that represent different aspects of nature. A staple of the bucahechum is the collective formation of a flower undulating in waves. The fans used in buchaechum are made of flower prints and adorned with feathers on the rim. Although there are solo numbers, this dance is more splendid when performed by a group. Dancers are donned in royal costumes that include a sleeveless outer garment; they traditionally also wear a small tiara. The buchaechum is usually danced to minyo (folk song) accompaniment. Its technique and charm is an exquisite showcase of classical beauty.

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