The name gankino seems to be used mostly in northern Bulgaria N. The basic gankino horo is a three-measure dance using the step structure also common in the dances: Dunavsko Danubian Pravo , Povarnoto also known as Devetorka in North Macedonia and Eleno Mome. The three measures comprise a seven-step grapevine [ clarification needed ] , starting right foot to the right, L cross in front - two measures. The third measure is a three-step grapevine to the left: left steps left, R cross in back. L to the L.
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Much can be done when there are eleven sixteenth notes per measure of music. So, what does it sound like? Where is the beat? Generally, Bulgarians divide dances in into three groups or types: Gankinatas, Kopanitsas, and Krivatas. The speed or tempo of a Gankino horo may range from slow to moderately fast, and does not change stays steady.
While there are several similar basic step patterns or figures, the most common by far is the three-measure one where two measures are danced to the right and the third to the left. This also is the pattern familiar to folk dancers in the United States. You get a good look at the footwork at As in many other Bulgarian dances, each individual dancer in the line freely and spontaneously improvises on the basic pattern. They also are found with less frequency in Thrace, but rarely at the super-fast tempos.
Also, the speed can change several times from moderate to fast and back to moderate, either gradually or suddenly, especially in western Bulgaria. There is no one specific Kopanitsa pattern or figure, but a multitude, with the majority having a large number of variations, and a lot of those being fairly intricate. Not surprisingly, most kopanitsas are called, that is, the steps or step sequences are changed only by command, and all use a belt-hold.
While the majority are done only by men, there are many for women only; only a few are danced in mixed lines. You might consider this wedding dance an example of a Living Dance, but it looks to me like the wedding of someone in a performing group who brought his performing buddies. All are danced at a moderate tempo. There are numerous basic Krivo horo patterns, almost all short and simple. Step improvisation or variation is minimal.
Krivos may be mixed, for men only, for women only, or mixed in the middle but segregated at both ends, and use either a regular hand-hold or a belt-hold. The Shope Lampa Lampa has the longest patern: 12 measures. The Thracian Pletenitsata and Zimno horo also are long, each with 8-measure patterns. Two others, Glavanishko horo and Na Povrushtanki, are notable for unusual, almost awkward, movement combinations.
The northern Krepkata and Treperenka both have many direction changes and different kinds of leg movements. In January, , Jeremy Hull noticed a typo in my shorthand dance description of Gankino. It has since been corrected. Thanks for the sharp eye, Jeremy! Blog at WordPress. What Is Dance? Why Do We Dance? Yemenite step 3. New Posts. Share this: Twitter Facebook. Like this: Like Loading Post to Cancel.
Gankino, Kopanitsa & more in 11/16 – Bulgaria