The word salpan comes from the saying that “if you do well, you will live (salpan), and if you don’t, you will be dead” (jugeulpan). It is also called ttangjaeju, literally meaning talents held on ground. The performers execute various acrobatic feats like somersault diving to attract applause and exclamation from the audience.
Tightrope dancing by namsadang is called eoreum because the nori is as difficult and cautious as walking on thin ice (eoreum means “thin ice” in Korean). The performers or eoreum-sani dances, signs songs, and does aerial stunts on the rope which is tightly fastened 3 meters off the ground as seen in the movie the King and the Clown. The performers also exchanges witty talks with a maehossi on the ground.
Deotboegi means “seeing with the mask on”. Generally, this performance has good humor and tendency to tickle the fancy of the public. Deotboegi enjoyed high popularity among the common people. It also contains keen satire on the society and Yangban(noble) class of the Joseon Dynasty.