Alternate Title From the Village Fair to the Stage: Rituals and Celebrations of the Russian People
Production Language Russian
Country of Origin Russia
Description It takes more than a village to produce the folk music and dancing that's been growing like wild flowers in the far reaches of Mother Russia since the Slavs settled there with religions old and older. From the Village Fair to the Stage: Rituals and Celebrations of the Russian People features seven unforgettable ensembles totaling sixty-five native dancers, singers and musicians from across Russia's cultural spectrum.
The distinctive sound of the Rozhky (shepherd's horn pipe) and the proud Cossack men in their bloused shirts and pants have a natural way of spilling into the audience at every performance. Babushkis, which is to say more than one grandmother, set the standards of song and dance in places like the Archangel region near the Arctic Circle and the Bryansk area near Chernobyl. Polyphonic groups of Babushki raise their sweetly reedy voices in airs of plaintive lament or boisterous rejoicing. Their chain-and line-dances color a stage like embroidery threads on muslin.