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Stepping in the Madang

Sustaining Expressive Ecologies of Korean Drumming and Dance

Site-specific expressive ecologies sustain Korean folk culture in a globalizing world

The madang is a key space and concept for Korean drummers and dancers. Literally a village circle, the madang is also a metaphor for an expressive occasion or cultural space of embodied participation. Korean performers step in the madang as a means of bringing their bodies into purposeful contact with the particular time and place of performance. Kwon contends that the participatory way of being that is cultivated in the madang counteracts the fossilization of tradition by bringing folk practices more fully into the embodied present, even if in an idealized fashion. The madang draws attention to the body; it increases one's awareness of space and place; and it creates open-ended performances that are conducive to a more dynamic range of social interactions. The book starts with a study of a Korean p'ungmul group that maintains a vibrant, expressive ecology in rapidly globalizing Korea. Kwon documents how historical trends, transmission practices, communal labor, and performative ritual all support this expressive ecology. The book then examines how these practices inspire meaningful, site-focused expressions of folk culture in regional, national, and transnational spaces.

About the Author

DONNA LEE KWON is associate professor of ethnomusicology at the University of Kentucky and the author of the book, Music in Korea: Experiencing Music, Expressing Culture (2011).

Endorsements

"Using her concept expressive ecology, Kwon chronicles how village ritual performance becomes heritage folk arts for the nation and diaspora. In myriad new contexts, she richly illustrates how conceptions of madang continue to bind people to people, place, and nature in vibrant participatory experience."—Thomas Turino, author of Music as Social Life

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