MKHEDRULI DANCE – GEORGIA

When literally translated means “cavalryman” is a Eurasian dance form known as Mkhedruli. This “soldier” dance is said to have originated from Georgia. Furthermore, this dance involves the performer imitating the quick feet movements seen in a horse. In addition, the performer also uses the arms and body to imitate the movements performed by a soldier during battle.

A. History/origin of Mkhedruli:

The country Georgia according to its history has fought several fierce wars. As a result there have been a few dance forms such as Mkhedruli that have been created using several elements commonly observed during battle. Furthermore, in this dance style “arms and body movements” observed in a soldier during war is basically imitated in this dance.

B. Costumes used in the Mkhedruli:

The costumes worn by the performer (mainly male) include a long black robe, a black trouser/pyjama, a pair of shoes, and cap/headgear. In addition, a sword and a shield may also be used as a prop along with the attire as the part of the costume.

C. Music used in the Mkhedruli:

The musical instrument mainly used in this dance style includes the bagpie, a type of flute known locally as “panduri”, changi i.e. a form of harp, and drums.

D. Training availability and technique involved in the Mkedurli:

In terms of technique, the performers imitate the quick feet movements seen in a horse. In addition, rapid arms and body movements are also used by the performers in this dance style. As for training centers/schools, there are none available around the world since this “soldier” dance is mainly performed in Georgia.

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