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Traditional Korean music and dance performances every Saturday at Nat'l Gugak Center

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Time now for our "Life & Info" segment,... where we focus on information useful for your everyday life.
Today we are going to focus on culture and the arts.
To tell us about some events for this weekend and more, we have our Lee Min-sun in the studio.
Min-sun, what do you have for us?

Hi Mark,
Last time I was in the studio, I introduced some cultural performances to enjoy on weekdays after work.
Today, I'm going to introduce weekend performances called 'Saturday Performance of Korean Music and Dance.'
It's a regular performance that has been taking place for over 30 years on Saturdays at the National Gugak Center.
These Saturday performances which run for 90 minutes consist of Korean traditional music, dance and singing performances.
In the first week of August, it will present some traditional musical instruments like Gayageum, the Korean harp or Samulnori, a traditional percussion quartet along with Taepyongso, the conical oboe.
Performers will compliment the music with traditional singing and dancing.
And throughout August, some more familiar forms of traditional music and dances will be presented.
Some folk songs from the Jellado-provincial area and royal ancestral rites music will be performed.
Royal ancestral rites music is the kind of music played at Jongmyo Shrine.
You can also enjoy a range of traditional dances like fan dance, Buddhist dance, and Ganggnagsulae, the traditional Korean circle dance play performed under the full moon.
Another performance is the Bongsan Talchum, a traditional mask dance that originates from Hwanghae-do province in North Korea.
Talchum is known for its humorous satire of the upper class and portrayal of common people's lives. It's also fun to see the different facial expressions on masks.

It sounds like a range of traditional Korean dance and music to enjoy. I personally haven't seen many traditional performances here in Korea because I think I need to have some background to fully understand the traditional arts.

Right, that's how some people Koreans and non-Koreans - feel about traditional music and dance performances because they are not familiar with it.
To make the traditional arts more inclusive, the National Gugak Center is offering commentaries at its Saturday performances.
Unfortunately, it's not offered on every Saturdays, but there are two scheduled in September, in the first and the last week of the month.
A commentator will provide an overview of the performance and explain the historical background and characteristics of each song and performance.
And these comments will be shown on large screens both in Korean and English so foreign audiences will not be left out.
Admission for Saturday Performance of Korean Music and Dance is from 10,000 to 20,000 won, about 8-and-a-half to 17 U.S. dollars a person.
And for those who want to start their weekend early, there's Friday Contemporary Gugak Concert in August.
Friday concerts combine some contemporary elements and even classical music to lower th

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