Ukrainian Dance: A Cross Cultural Approach
by Dr. Andriy Nahachewsky
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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