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Ochir Terbataev, Kalmyk Dance Movements

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Churyumov, Anton 


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 movements are executed in a clockwise direction only. There are dances performed by single men, by couples, or by groups of women. Different groups in Kalmykia have different dances. For example, sharka-barka and ishkimdyg are Torghut dances; tovshur is Derbet; chicherdyg is a Buzava dance. Kalmyk dances also differ according to the age and gender of the dancers. There are girls' dances (kuukdin bi) and old people's dances (kogshdin bi). Some dances have been named after the places they originate from. For example, erktnya bi is performed by the members of the Erketen clan; or baruna zalusin bi is a dance of the men from the village of Barun. Ochir also shows the differences between women's and men's dance movements. Women's movements are usually hand movements that are fluid and imitate tulip flowers or flying birds. By contrast, men's movements are more dynamic and include the movement of the legs as well. Kalmyk dances are accompanied by music played on the dombra or Saratov accordion.



dances, tovshur, sharka-barka, ishkimdyg, chicherdyg

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