Ukrainian Dance: A Cross-Cultural Approach
Ukrainian dance is remarkably enduring in its popularity and still 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/educational dances, and spectacular dances on stage.
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12 Recreational and Educational Dance
13 Spectacular Dance
14 Ballet and the Proscenium
15 Theatricalizing a Dance
16 Three Principles of Staging
17 Moiseyev and Virsky
18 First Versus Third Principles of Staging
19 Expanding Perspectives
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