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The dance "Ratoeh"

The dance called "Ratoeh" was created in 1989 by Mr Saibra Ibrahim and tells the story of people from the Aceh region. Performers show how the women wait for the sailors who enter the sea to return home to provide for the family by fishing. The dance is traditional, but with modern choreography. The costumes are not authentic, but are made in modern times. Often the artistic contribution of women is expressed both by performing complex and synchronous movements, and by singing various melodic songs.

Folklore ensemble "Bungong Aceh" at the University "Gadjah Mada"

Yogyakarta Indonesia

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Folk circus

Folklore Studio "Arlekino" at the Commercial Sea Port "Chernomorsk" - (Chernomorsk, Ukraine) was established 22 years ago and consists of three age groups, with about 80 participants. The performers from “Arlekino” have several stage programs and travel around Europe to present a different interpretation of folk art, called folk circus.

In the past, in the village or in the city, artists have tried to amaze the audience with something unconventional. The folklore studio also aims to bring more beauty to Ukrainian folklore and its games.

 

Attractive props and colorful costumes are part of the components that helped the talented dancers win the jury award and deserve the applause of the audience.

Folklore Studio "Arlekino" at the Commercial Sea Port "Chernomorsk"

Chernomorsk Ukraine

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Plate Dance

Plate Dance is the art of dance, practiced by the tribe Minangkabau in West Sumatra, originating from the city of Solok. This dance reflects the activities of the traditional people of Minangkabau during their work in the field. The dance is an expression of the happiness of the owners, as well as of their gratitude to God for the rich harvest.

Plate Dance is danced in pairs or in groups with diverse and dynamic movements, intertwined with the sound of the characteristic instruments called “gandang tambua”, “sarunai” (type of flute) and “gogng”. 

The performance presents the movements made by the farmers during the cultivation and harvesting of the rice crop.Sometimes the dancers throw the plates in the air and often in the last phase of their performance, the artists step on the broken plates without hurting them. This gesture religiously signals that God accepts the prayer of the performers.

Dance community "GALANG"

Padang, Wess-Sumatera Indonesia

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Dance "Lai rīb zeme dancojot"

"Joy in the eyes - bread in the hands - we are happy!", this is what says Mrs. Aija Ruliete, artistic director of the Latvian folk dance group “Kreicburga” to Krustpils House of Culture – Jekabpils, for their performance in the World Championship of Folklore “World Folk” 2017.

For their performances on the stages of the folklore forum, the dancers present a program, which imitates the work activities, associated with traditional bread. Their repertoire illustrates the strength of Latvian men. The dances show the processes of sowing the grain for the bread, as well as the ways in which women bake the bread and serve it to people. Enjoy the beautiful choreography, presenting the labor activities of the Latvian people, bearing the name “Lai rīb zeme dancojot” – literally "Let the earth roar as it dances."

Latvian folk dance group “Kreicburga” to Krustpils House of Culture

Jekabpils Latvia

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Mummers dance to chase off evil

Pointed hoods - beautiful pointed hats have conical form and are made of white cloth with decorations of flowers and mirrors, as well as with traditional Bulgarian embroideries. In the village of Otets Paisievo, Kaloyanovo municipality, there are mummers with the longest mask - more than 3 metres. The shortest "hood" is 90 cm, and the longest - 4 m. Balancing with these type masks during a dance needs a lot of efforts. Beside the men, even little boys from the region participate in the custom and keep the tradition. Mummers group at "Probuda 1903" was created in 1903 and then they have had only two masks which were used by about 30 men who were going through the village on Sirni Zagovezeni  in order to chase the evil that has came in the winter. Enjoy the dance of the mummers and learn more about the typical conical masks.

Mummers group at "Probuda 1903"

Otets Paisievo Bulgaria

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Performance with masks "NINDAK NANDAK"

“Topeng” means a mask in Indonesian. "Topeng Cirebon" is one of the traditional dances that is performed in the Sundan region of West Java. There are five main characters in the tradition of Cirebon masks: Rahwana, Tumenggung, Rumyang, Samba and Panji, all with different characters symbolizing good and evil. According to local beliefs, masks can be used as protection against evil spirits, and each has distinctive features that set it apart from the rest. Enjoy the performance with masks of Folklore ensemble at the State Institute of Tourism and Culture - Jakarta, Indonesia.

Folklore ensemble at the State Institute of Tourism and Culture

Jakarta Indonesia

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"Tsam" dance

Mongolian masks - they are used for visualization the characters who appear in traditional Buddhist dances, known as Tsam. The "Tsam" dance is part of the secret tantric rituals. Although its origin is from Tibet, the dance is enriched with various Mongolian cultural elements, namely the creative imagination and aesthetics of Mongolian craftsmen, the roles of heroic figures from folk myths and epics, as well as elements of shamanism and archaic religious phenomena. These Mongolian elements give the dance its own Mongolian character. Dance art is closely linked to the craft of masks. In addition to angry deities, masks also introduce calm characters, depicting happy and humorous faces. Mongolian masks, in comparison with those of other Buddhist countries, are the largest in size and have the most detailed design and also are part of the most exquisite costumes and decorations. Each mask represents the different character and role of the dancer. Mongolian masks symbolize the actual presence of a deity and their eyes have no openings and dancers cannot see through them. Therefore, performers should look through the mouth of the masks, and this feature adds extra height to the artists. Masks are treated as statues as well as sacred objects. When not in use, they are stored in monasteries and worshiped in daily rituals. You can watch the performance  with Mongolian masks of Folklore ensemble "Domog" from Ulaan Baator.

Folklore ensemble "Domog"

Ulaan Baator Mongolia

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"Naadam"

Naadam - traditional festival in Mongolia. The Mongols celebrate the festival in the form of a composition of songs, dances and blessings. In 2010, the celebration was inscribed on the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage List. The festival is popular with the "three games of men" - Mongolian wrestling, horse racing and archery, which in some ways are present in celebrating occasions such as weddings and spiritual gatherings.  

"Guru Songs" Art Troupe

Ordos, Hangjin China

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Round dance for the Kupala Night

Kupala Night, called Ivanа-Kupala, is a traditional eastern Slavic holiday related to the summer solstice. In Russia the custom is named Ivana-Kupala (Saint John the Baptist), in Ukraine - Ivana Kupala, in Belarus - Kupalle. Traditionally, on this holiday, young people seek a husband and a wife. When night falls, an ancient round dance is made around the fire, a symbol of the sun and eternal rebirth. The brighter the fire is, the faster the dancers moves. After the dance, the men line up and the women touch the shoulders of the one they liked and run away. The man must catch "the bride" to hold her hand and jump over the fire, a symbol of their union. Ivan Kupala's night is filled with rituals involving water, fire and herbs.

Theater group Moscow State Historical

Moscow Russia

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Kukeri (mummers)

They are ritual carnival figures, dressed as beasts, always wearing head masks. The kukeri walk and dance through villages to scare away evil spirits with their costumes and the sound of their bells. The custom is performed also in Romania, Moldova, Serbia, Greece, Northern Macedonia, Slovenia, Croatia, Poland, Hungary, Slovakia as well as in Austria where it is called "Perchten".

Today, everywhere in Bulgaria, the Slavic custom, combined with ancient Thracian ritual practices to the Thracian god Dionysius, is celebrated at Sirni zagovezni. The Kukeri games aim with the special magic dances and the scary masks to scare and banish the evil spirits forever, so that they have a rich harvest in the next year. The men visit all the homes with wishes for health, fertility and well-being and collect gifts from the hosts. On the village square, the mummers play dances, ringing the bells that are hanging on them.

Kuker group

Varnetsi village Bulgaria

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Lazaruvane

Lazaruvane - traditional procession during the Eastern Orthodox feast of Lazareva Subota. The ritual is performed by young girls typically of age 16 who are unmarried, called lazarki, who dance around the village singing songs.They stop from house to house, performing songs and blessing the homes. The girls turn to Lada, the goddess of love and married life, to show them what it will be like. According to tradition, the culmination of the holiday is the round dance - all the girls who took part in the rituals during the day gather and dance in front of the sight of married women and young men in the village. During this dance, men choose their future brides and married women choose their daughters-in-law. The custom is practiced in Bulgaria, Northern Macedonia and Serbia.

Dance group "Srednogorski polah"

Ihtiman Bulgaria

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The ritual dance of the Bidayukh ethnic tribe

In the past, the Bidayuh ethnic tribe of Sarawak, Malaysia believed that the world was inhabited by both good and evil spirits. According to the traditional beliefs of Malaysians, these spirits are real and they can cause great harm to the villagers and the environment. Locals believed that rhythmic body movements, while in a trance state, could help them get in touch with good spirits. An important element in the ritual dance is the movements of the hands.

Warisan Anak Kenyalang

Kuching Malaysia

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