A UNESCO World Heritage site since 2010, the Andong Hahoe Folk Village [UNESCO World Heritage] in Gyeongsangbuk-do will be holding regular performances as part of its Hahoe Mask Dance Drama Performance (Hahoe Byeolsingut Exorcism) 2014 program.
In January and February, regular performances will be staged every Saturday and Sunday from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Hahoe Village Mask Dance Performance Hall. From March to December, two more days (Wednesday and Friday) will be added to the performance schedule. All performances are free of charge. There will also be a small gathering and a time for visitors to take photos with the performers after the show.
For more information, please visit the Hahoe Mask Dance Drama website at http://hahoemask.co.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
*Hahoe Mask Dance Drama Performance (Hahoe Byeolsingut Exorcism)
The Hahoe Mask Dance drama originated in Hahoe Village, Andong, Gyeongsangnam-do, and dates back to the mid-12th century. It was performed by and for the common people as part of a shamanist ritual for the town’s peace and prosperity. Imbued with the wisdom of our ancestors, the Hahoe Mask Dance Drama has garnered praise from audiences around the world due to the artistic value of the masks, the mass appeal of the drama and it’s ability to demostrate conflict reconciliation between the social classes.
Byeolnada means unusual or eccentric. Byeolsingut refers to ‘an unusually large ritual (gut)’ or ‘an eccentric ritual (gut).’
Courtesy of Hahoe Mask Dance Drama