Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Project (DANCES)

Created: 2014-09-19 17:53
Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology
Description: Dances are an inseparable part of life for many Kalmyks. No single celebration, a holiday, a major family event, or a party is held without dances. In Kalmykia the most widely performed dances are those performed by individuals or couples, although some dances may be performed in groups. In the past, the Kalmyks had dances for specific age groups, for teenagers and single young people, for young married men and women, and for the elderly. Kalmyk dances differ from one another in terms of movements (for example, some imitate the movements of various animals and birds) and accompanying melodies and songs. There are also dances peculiar to different Kalmyk groups, such dances as 'Dolbana bi', 'Ik hurla bi' and others.
Today, in addition to traditional dances, many stage dances choreographed by ballet masters also enjoy great popularity. These dances, drawing on folklore and ethnographic sources, include famous dances such as 'Derbet tavshur', 'Chichirdyk', 'Dance of heroes', 'Tsagan shavrta bi' and many others.
 

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Ochir Terbataev, Kalmyk Dance Movements

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Ochir talks about the history of Kalmyk dances, how Kalmyk dances are different from those of other Mongolian groups, and demonstrates the main dance movements. Kalmyk dance...

Collection: Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Project (DANCES)

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Thu 18 Aug 2016


Ulyana Shikeeva, Dance Movements

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Ulyana says that in the beginning Kalmyk dance movements were similar to those among other Mongolian groups. Kalmyk dances had more shoulder movements. When the Kalmyks came to...

Collection: Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Project (DANCES)

Institution: Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Created: Fri 25 Sep 2015