PARIKAOBA DANCE – GEORGIA

Parikaoba Dance Georgian Dance

Generally performed in honour of “soldiers/warriors” is a Eurasian dance style known as Parikaoba. This “warrior” dance is said to have originated from a region called Khevsureti located in the northeast of Georgia. Furthermore, the performers use a “sword and shield” as a prop while performing. In addition, this dance form is performed by a male and female.

A. History/origin of the Parikaoba:

Historically speaking, Georgia over the centuries has experienced several fierce wars. It was therefore to honour all the soldiers that have fought bravely in all the wars experienced by the country that this dance style known as “Parikaoba” was created.

B. Costumes used in the Parikaoba:

The costume worn by the performers in this dance varies according to gender as follows:

1. By males:

The attire worn includes a maroon long robe, a black trouser, a pair of shoes, and a maroon cap. In addition, a sword and a shield are used as props.

2. By females:

The attire worn includes a long maroon dress, a pair of shoes, a maroon headgear, and a white handkerchief.

C. Music involved in the Parikaoba:

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 Parikaoba:

In terms of technique, in this dance the male dancers start a mock fight with each other with a sword and shield in hand. Furthermore, it is the female performer that then enters and puts an end to the mock battle by removing her headdress and placing it on the floor. As for training centers/schools, there are none available around the world since this “warrior” dance is mainly performed in Georgia.

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