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Cultură tradiţională a dansului ceangăilor în satele din Moldova
Traditional Dance Culture in the Moldavian ”Ceangǎu” Villages

Author(s): Vivien Szönyi
Subject(s): Theatre, Dance, Performing Arts
Published by: Institutul Patrimoniului Cultural al Academiei de Științe a Moldovei
Keywords: Moldova; Ceangǎu; traditional dances; structural functionalism; dance anthropology; dance folkloristic; analysis of changes;

Summary/Abstract: The dance culture of Moldavian Ceangǎu ethnographic group belongs to the Eastern Hungarian dance dialect. In certain villages, people could be familiar with 30 or 40 types of chain and couple dances with simple structures. The origin of these strophic, motive repeating dances with periodical structures could be traced back to Romanian, Moldavian, Bulgarian, Ukrainian, German and Polish interactions. I have researched the Ceangǎu Roman Catholic ethnographic group with Hungarian origin in Moldova as part of Romania since 2012. During the fieldworks, I have visited more communities in Bacǎu County, and I focused on their social system, dance life and dance repertoire. In present as doctoral student, I analyse the formal, stylistic, functional, and contentual changes of dances in only one village, it is called Arini, in the period of 1940–2010. Beside this, I would like to get answer to the following questions: a) How the dance culture and the local community could be connected? b) What kind of effects have the macro and micro historical processes got to the dance as a complex sociocultural practice? c) How can we apply the theory of structural functionalism during a dance anthropological research?

  • Issue Year: XXVI/2017
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 138-142
  • Page Count: 5
  • Language: English