I have posted videos of Korea traditional music before, but I’ve not posted any of Korean traditional dance. The video that I’m posting here is of salpuri, one of the dances rooted in Korean shamanism. Korean shamans, in performing rituals for the aggrieved spirits, often dance for long periods. Many of the shamanic dances of Korea have been removed from their shamanic aspects and presented on stage as cultural artifacts in their own right.
The music accompanying the dance is in the style of sinawi, a form of quasi-improvisatory music drawn from Korea’s shamanic traditions. Like salpuri, sinawi has been more or less removed from its shamanistic point of origin to become a form of concert music in its own right.