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Original article


Stage forms of dance games of the Mordvins-Shoksha


Burnaev A. G.



The folk dance culture of the Mordvins has been the object of scientific research more than once. However, the local cultural tradition of the Mordvins-Shoksha (including dance games in their stage forms) is less studied. The article deals with the analysis of the dance and game compositions of the exemplary collective of amateur artistic creativity “Integral” (the head is T. I. Poniatkina (Kazakova), who received knowledge of ethnic Mordovian dance from Professor A. G. Burnaev at the Department of National Choreography of the Ogarev Mordovia State University). The choreographer’s stage compositions (“Summoning of Spring”, “Seeing Off Summer”, “Bleaching of Canvas”, “Millet Crushing” and others) present not only the ethnic traditions of the Mordvins-Shoksha, but also the plots of the folk life of the village of Drakino of the Torbeevsky District of the Republic of Mordovia. Along with ethnographic examples of folk games, amusements, festive fun, the stage dance creativity of the Mordvins-Shoksha with its genre specifics, the processes of preservation, borrowing and assimilation are also considered, bright examples of modern folk art are introduced into scientific circulation. The analysis of the presented indicators of artistic practice made it possible to identify the interaction with the Erzya and Moksha traditions and scientifically prove the dance correctness of the scenic phenomenon.


Keywords: the Mordvins-Shoksha, ethnographic group, stage dance game, stage form, stage dance picture, ethnic dance


For citation: Burnaev AG. Stage forms of dance games of the Mordvins-Shoksha. Center and Periphery. 2023;18(4):58—66. EDN DJQTUJ





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1. Kryuchkova Svetlana Nikolaevna, born in 1960, the town of Petrozavodsk of the Republic of Karelia, recorded in 2016.

2. Pervushina Valentina Trofimovna, born in 1941, the village of Tylovai of the Debessky District of the Republic of Udmurtia, recorded in 2017.

3. Ponimatkina (Kazakova) Tatyana Ivanovna, born in 1982, the village of Drakino of the Torbeevsky District of the Republic of Mordovia, recorded in 2022.


Information about the author:

Alexander G. Burnaev, Professor of Department of Theatrical Art and Folk Art Culture of the National Research Ogarev Mordovia State University (68 Bolshevistskaya Str., Saransk 430005, Russia), Doctor of Art History, Associate Professor, ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2295-9699, burnaevag@mail.ru


Conflict of interests: the author declares no conflict of interests.


The author has read and approved the final version of the manuscript.


The article was submitted 24.05.2023; approved after reviewing 20.07.2023; accepted for publication 27.07.2023.