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Andong Mask Dance Festival Content
The Mask Dance Festival is a dynamic place that enables spectators to mix with performers, and juxtaposes many sorts of people and things. Performers often play impromptu with spectators, participating them in the jokes and fun of the show.
Spectators are not only participants, but also other performers of the best kind: honest and inventive. We are against the conventional style of performance which divides spectators from performers and stage.
We try to inspire new vitalities and variations in our tradition, and hope to open new avenues of the spirit of the Mask dance.
As a visitor you are also seen as a participant in the Maskdance Festival.
We require you to expose your own excitement to add to the overall energy of this, place and time.
The vision of the maskdance
A "maskdance" is a compound of two words "mask" and "dance”: - Mask is a kind of cultural device which helps shed hypocrisies and escapism while dance is a live motion expression with the body. We need to throw out hypocrisy with masks and cathart our excitement with dynamic dance. Participants in the festival will reply to the performers without the hesitation as strangers adding new lines and flexibility to the mask play. The maskdance is not the play of performers only, but the collective work of all of us. In the last stage of the play participants are asked to dance together with the exciting rhythms of Pungmul (Korean folk percussion instruments).