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Postmodernist Rusalii: in search for constructive energy
Polyakova Anna Sergeevna

Post-graduate student, the department of Socio-Humanitarian Disciplines; Senior Educator, the department of Dance Disciplines, Humanitarian University

620041, Russia, Yekaterinburg, Zheleznodorozhnikov 3, office #221



The subject of this research is the spectacle of Gennady Abramov (1939-2015) – the creator of experimental troupe “Class of Expressive Flexibility” in the theatre run by Anatoly Vasiliev “School of Dramatic Art”, which was formed together with the students of the faculty of contemporary dance of the Humanitarian University as a synthesis of the traditional archaic elements with the theme and language of contemporary dance. The object of this research is the compositions of contemporary art in interaction with the archaic forms of dance folklore. The work examines the so-called “Rusalii” due to the ability of attaining new images, as well as new vital powers in the art of dance. The spectacle at hand is analyzed from the perspective of correlation with the works of choreographers-modernists of the XX century. At the same time, the author notes the substantial differences between the oeuvres created in various cultural artistic periods. Scientific novelty consists in referring the spectacle of Gennady Abramov to the circle of yet insignificantly studied phenomena in contemporary dance that are suggested to mark as the “post-folk dance”. The specificity of the latter, on one hand, lies in the affiliation of (post)modern culture (post-culture) and associated with it ironic rethinking of the already existing themes, images, and meanings; and on the other – it is aimed at identification of the new meanings and values due to inclusion of the folklore elements into the fabrics of (post)modern composition. In Abramov’s works, the archaic folklore elements are subject to reframing and reflection, nevertheless endowing the composition with the energy and vitality.

Keywords: Post-folk dance, Postmodern reflection, Synthesis, Folklore elements, Repetitive technique, Language of dance, Post-culture, Vitality, Energy, Rusalii



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