Ukrainian Dance: A Cross-Cultural Approach

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McFarland, Nov 16, 2011 - Performing Arts - 274 pages
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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Contents

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
12 Recreational and Educational Dance
124
13 Spectacular Dance
143
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

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
Notes
233
Bibliography
245
Index
259
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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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