National Academic Folk Choir of the Republic of Belarus named after G.I.Tsitovich

Ballet group

Dance is one of the most ancient types of folk art. Dancing accompanied family celebrations and calendar holidays. It was social dances that laid the foundation for stage dance art and modern choreography.

Ignat Buynitsky began to popularize Belarusian folk dances outside of Belarus at the beginning of the 20th century. He created the Belarusian folk theater, in which he himself acted as a director, actor and dancer. In the concert performance of folk dances, I. Buynitsky tried not to deviate from the folklore basis.

The most ancient type of folk dance is the round dance, which consists in simple movements in a circle with uncomplicated rearrangements. A round dance is a mass collective dance, dance procession, game, fun. Round dance circles symbolized the ancient ritual worship of the Sun.

Many Belarusian folk dances are dedicated to the peculiarities of rural work and life. In the dance "Lyanok" - all stages of growing and processing flax from sowing to spinning threads and sewing clothes. The swift "Mlynok" is distinguished by fast and complex rebuilding, repeating the work of a windmill. The fervent and mischievous "Bulba" is expressive. There are dances that reflect natural phenomena (“Myatselitsa”, “Rechanka”) or convey the habits of animals and birds (“Crane”).

Belarusian folk dances are almost always meaningful. They have a certain plot or story and specific characters or images. In a pair dance, usually the guy lures the girl with virtuoso trick knees and the partner tries to impress the young man. Such a comic dance dialogue takes place in the famous Lyavonikha, and the rest of the participants “help” the main characters.

Belarusian folk dances are diverse in subject matter, compositional and rhythmic pattern, and musical accompaniment. Smooth and dynamic, cheerful and lyrical, melodic and perky, but always extremely emotional. Every gesture, every movement is filled with a special mood. And all this variety of emotions and beauty you can see in the repertoire of the ballet group of the National Academic Folk Choir of the Republic of Belarus named after G.I. Tsitovich.