Reperatory of Folk Dance 3

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107RLI3 Z 2 2T Czech winter

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Learning outcomes of the course unit

Precise master of the Czech Beseda dance. Reading and reconstructing from a written description and video recording. Methodic process of practicing individual steps and dances as a whole.

Mode of study

Mastery of the selected dance in a dance hall. Study of a dance according to a video or notation.

Prerequisites and co-requisites

Particpation in class. Ability to present parts of discussed choreographies.

Course contents

The Czech Beseda is valuable historical material and is important that every folkdance instructor knows it. It was started in the 1860s in the context of the revival of folk culture and language of our nation. Jan Neruda initiated it creation. This series of favorite Czech dances was put together by dance master Karel Link (the royal provincial dance teacher). The music was arranged by composer František Heller based on original works. In 1863, the Czech Beseda was danced by 24 pairs and later at all Czech balls and became in its era a manifestation of „Czech-ness.“

Watching the dance on video recording with an accompanying presentation by Prof. Františe Bonuš, students receive a complete presentation of the history of the Czech Beseda based on an introductory lecture by Prof. František Bonuš. The entire dance is presented in period costumes and also in rehearsal clothing. Students receive an overall picture of the naming of the dance.

Explanation of the step style basics: All steps come from dance steps of Bohemia. They are, of course modified (stylized) the use of that period's society according to the examples of salon dances. Students graduallz are acquainted with the stylize execution of the steps of individual dances.

An analysis of the sequence of individual dances: the Czech Beseda has the form of a quadrille (4 pairs of dancers). It has 4 parts in which there are 4 dances:

I. Sousedská, Furiant, Polka, Řezanka

II. Kominík, Furiant, Obkročák, Polka

III. Rejdovák, Furiant, Kuželka, Andulka, Sousedská

Introduction - Bratři sestry buďme jen veselí?

Close - Bavorák a Strašák

Practice of the whole dance: the dance is gradually, according to the original notation and based on comparisons with video, practiced in the most precise form. Not only do the dance basics need to be mastered but also partner changing and the floorplan, as well. At the close the entire dance is performed.

Recommended or required reading

Link, Karel: Tanec se stanoviska theoretického a aesthetického, Praha 1872.

Link, Karel: Beseda, Český salonní tanec Beseda, Praha 1944.

Bonuš, František: Společenské tance z doby národního obrození, Plzeň 1966.

Gremlicová, Dorota: Tanec a český národní program. Národopisná revue 11, 2001, č. 2.

Zíbrt, Čeněk: Jak se kdy v Čechách tancovalo, Praha 1895.

Video VHS: Česká beseda: tančí členové Českého souboru písní a tanců, Dvorana 1993.

Assessment methods and criteria

Active participation in lessons. Knowledge of the choreographies covered.



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