Female Spring Practices

Dr. Daniela Ivanova-Nyberg

Thursday, April 2, 2015 - 5:30pm

This is the third lecture in the Music and Dance Lecture Series sponsored by the Bulgarian Cultural and Heritage Center of Seattle. 

Lecture outline:

Female-spring-customs: relationships with ancient initiation practices;  ways that female and male rituals, based on ancient initiation practices, are similar or different
Female spring rituals in the forest (Hodene na “Gora”)
Folk interpretations of “Lazar”, “Lazaritsa”, “lazarki”
Etymology and interpretations of “Buenek” (chain dance)
Cultural meaning of dance steps and figures, such as spiral (snail), snake-like chain, serpentine; labyrinth (East Bulgaria)
Cultural meaning of dancing and singing in open or closed circles and in pairs; antiphonic singing; dancing with kerchiefs (Shopluk, West Bulgaria)
Relationship:  meters-steps-figures (examples)
Costume specifics (illustrations from Central East and West Bulgaria)
Spring rituals’ Gestalt as pre-wedding practices
Stage interpretations (video projection of two “classical” National Folk Ensemble performances)


Dr. Ivanova-Nyberg graduated from  St. Kliment Ohridski Sofia University, with MA in Bulgarian Philology,  specialization in Folklore; MA in Philosophy, with Studies of Culture (Kulturologia) ‒ Minor. She also hold BA  in choreography from the Sofia Institute for Music and Choreography. She received her PhD from the Institute of Art Studies at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. Dr. Ivanova-Nyberg’s academic career includes lecturing at  St. Kliment Ohridski SU Slavic Department, New Bulgarian University, National Academy for Theater and Film Arts, Lyuben Groys Theatrical College, and other institutions in Europe and USA.

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