While Johnnie's sister was visiting, we spent an afternoon at the Folk Village. This post will highlight the entertainment and tomorrow's post will show what else the village has to offer. There are performances that occur twice each day at scheduled times and are worth watching.
Acrobatics on Tight-Rope ~ This older gentleman had incredible balance and a crotch of steel. He made the audience gasp often as he would take a few steps, fall into a seated position, and return to standing within seconds flat. Sometimes he straddled the rope (thus the crotch of steel), sometimes sitting, and sometimes kneeling. He was quick and graceful, holding only a large fan for balance.
Farmer's Dance ~ This dance is one of the oldest dance forms in Korea. It was traditionally performed during planting and harvesting, stemming from early records of farmers working to the beat of percussion instruments. It is characterized by fast-paced music and gravity-defying acrobatic movements. Dancers have long white streamers attached to their hats which they twirl in beat with the music.
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