CHAM ART COMPANY is a group of Korean Traditional Music and Dance performers now confirmed to travel to Seychelles for the coming carnival starting on the 8th February. The Korean Carnaval team will dance and play traditional drum called “Janggu.”
During the opening ceremony of the International Carnaval of Victoria that is staged annually in the Seychelles, the Korean delegation will perform 5 different Korean traditional dances. The first one is “Korean Fan Dance,” featuring with two fancy fans in hands. Key points of this dance are the sound of opening and closing the fans, beautiful shapes and patterns they create with fans and silhouette of Korean dress. During the carnival procession, they will be on their float decorated as Korean traditional architecture. There will be 3 other types of dances to be showcased during the procession.
The first is “Taepyungmu” which is the dance of the King and the Queen in Joseon Dynasty praying for prosperity and wellness of the people. The other ones are “Janggu Dance” and “Jaenggang Dance.” Janggu is a kind of drum which player wears on shoulder and strike with two sticks. The players alsoshow dance performance while playing Janggu.
“Jaenggang” is the sound of small bells in Korean language. The origin of this dance isalso from Joseon Dynasty which represents Korean people’s wishes for health, prosperity and happiness and the pride of living in the beautiful land of Korea. The performance team has participated in various international cultural events in Canada, Qatar, China, Thailand, and Uzbekistan to name a few.