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Russian Cossack DANCE

August 29, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm UTC+2

The colourful cultural Russian folklore group Stanitsa make a rare visit to South Africa visiting all major cities this winter 29 August in Bloemfontein at the Sand DU Plessis Theatre tickets available at PACOFS. 051 447 777

Cossack dance is typically associated with legs of steel and amazing balance! One thinks of incredible physical prowess – a powerful combination of high jumps, kicks, splits and sword fighting. A complicated repertoire of precision airborne gymnastics with endless leaps, squats, tumbles, flips, twists, jumps and splits; and exaggerated faux-fight sequences with swords a-blazing and rhythmic clapping – all conducted with phenomenal military exactness.

It is also denoted by bright folkloric or military-inspired costumes often in Russian red white and blue, with dramatic fur hats, billowing shirts, loose pants and statement boots, with swords, sabres, whips and guns.

The dance is rooted in re-enacting war scenes, street fights and men celebrating victory in battle. Typically associated with the official dance of Ukraine, it was originally performed mostly by men, however, contemporary Cossack dance also incorporates women performers – either dancing with the men or in counter-point to them, creating graphic formations.

Stanitsa, formed in 1990, has been involved in various folk festivals in Russia and abroad including in Belarus, Ukraine, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Germany, Bulgaria, China, Qatar, Cyprus, Turkey, Spain, Portugal and France. Their main aim is the preservation, development and promotion of traditional culture, expressing their heritage through age-old song, dance and music. The programme they will present will be diverse and varied use elements of Cossack military life – their dances include tambourines, whips and sabres. There will be a comedy number, romantic work, a holiday song and a gipsy dance.

Stanitsa was a term used mostly in a military context to describe a unit of Cossacks. The formal use of the word ended in the aftermath of the Russian Revolution, and the term today has evolved to refer to a type of rural locality, a village, and often references the culture of Southern Russia, specifically Kuban Cossacks. The Kuban Cossacks live in a geographic region known for their hospitality and strong traditions and are of orthodox Christian belief and adhere to strict orthodox customs.

Stanitsa is bought to South Africa by veteran Russian cultural impresario Edouard Miasnikov.


August 29, 2019
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm UTC+2
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12 First Avenue
Bloemfontein, Free State 9301 South Africa
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051 447 7771

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