Jamu (The Dance Forming Letters, 字舞) -focused on Seongsumu and Youngseongsomu-

자무(字舞) -성수무·영성소무를 중심으로-

  • 송정은 (서울기독대학교 무용학과)
  • Received : 2011.02.14
  • Accepted : 2011.05.09
  • Published : 2011.05.28


This study aims to historically and academically shed new light on Jamu(字舞) to which there is little reference now on the basis of reference of neighboring country (China), to discover traditional unique contents by considering constituting principles, and to use these data to inherit and develop Jamu as a stage performance which is suited for the present age. The result of this study shows as follows. The first, Seongsumu was made up of the dances making 16 letters-"Seongchocheongo(聖超千古), Dotaebaekwang(道泰百王), Hwangjemannyoun(皇帝萬年), Bojomichang" - by 140 dancers. Made letters were intended to face audiences and this is similar to group gymnastics of today in the aspect and form stakes. The second, it is thought that Youngseongsomu the dance making Cheonhataepyeong(天下太平) and recorded in "Youngseongsomubo" of China is related to 'Wangmodaegamu(王母隊歌舞)' the dance making Cheonhataepyeong(天下太平) during the Moonjing rule and recorded a little in The History of Goryeo, 25 volumes (高麗史 卷25). With this study as a momentum, continuous study is needed on Korean traditional dance inherited barely today in order to develop new various contents of Korean traditional arts which are being forgotten by studying and researching related references in neighboring countries such as China and Japan.


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