Ukrainian Dance: A Cross-Cultural Approach

Overview

Ukrainian dance is remarkably enduring in its popularity and performed in numerous cultural contexts. This text unpacks the complex world of this ethnic dance, with special attention to the differences between vival dance (which requires being fully engaged in the present moment) and reflective dance (dance connected explicitly to the past). Most Ukrainian vival dances have been performed by peasants in traditional village settings, for recreational and ritual purposes. Reflective Ukrainian dances are performed ...

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Overview

Ukrainian dance is remarkably enduring in its popularity and performed in numerous cultural contexts. This text unpacks the complex world of this ethnic dance, with special attention to the differences between vival dance (which requires being fully engaged in the present moment) and reflective dance (dance connected explicitly to the past). Most Ukrainian vival dances have been performed by peasants in traditional village settings, for recreational and ritual purposes. Reflective Ukrainian dances are performed more self-consciously as part of a living heritage. Further sub-groups are examined, including national dances, recreational or educational dances, and spectacular dances on stage.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786461684
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/28/2011
  • Pages: 274
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Andriy Nahachewsky has been a performer, choreographer, adjudicator, and historian of Ukrainian dance for over forty years. He has researched Ukrainian dance and other elements of traditional culture in Canada, Ukraine, USA, Brazil, the former Yugoslavia, Slovakia and several other countries.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vi

Preface 1

1 Basic Concepts 5

2 Purposes for Dancing 14

3 Ethnic Dance 24

4 Peasants Dancing 40

5 Geographic Zones 53

6 Historical Zones 67

7 Improvisation 73

8 Vival and Reflective Communities 83

9 National Dance Traditions 90

10 Typical Characteristics of National Dance 101

11 Variations in the National Paradigm 111

12 Recreational and Educational Dance 124

13 Spectacular Dance 143143

14 Ballet and the Proscenium 157

15 Theatricalizing a Dance 168

16 Three Principles of Staging 192

17 Moiseyev and Virsky 202

18 First Versus Third Principles of Staging 213

19 Expanding Perspectives 224

Notes 233

Bibliography 245

Index 259

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