What is an (ideal) international folk dance festival? Voices of participants and organisers in international folk dance festivals in Romania and beyond

This chapter explores the question of what is considered as an (ideal) international folk dance festival by drawing from longitudinal ethnography among festival organisers in Romania, participants in international folk dance in festivals within Romania and Romanian participants in festivals elsewhere, as well as from archival and published sources. It …read more

The cultural development of folk dance festivals and the sustainability of tradition

The ‘Cultural Development of Folk Dance Festivals and the Sustainability of Tradition’ is a collection of case studies written by authors who have undertaken long term research on folk dance festivals, in many different locations, as part of their overall research as dance ethnologists, ethnochoreologists or anthropologists. All the authors …read more

Interview: Folclorul romanesc in spatial european

În luna noiembrie a anului 2016 am avut plăcerea să fiu invitat de colegul meu de breaslă din Timişoara, coregraful Marius Ursu, pentru a preda jocuri populare sud-moldoveneşti în cadrul unui seminar la care au participat studenţi din mai multe centre universitare, membri ai unor ansambluri folclorice studenţeşti. Alături de …read more

Social dancers in Balkan folk dance performance: communities, traditions and sensory concepts?

This paper considers perspectives from dancers within a particular genre of recreational dance known as “Balkan folk dance” in the UK. Through asking participants about their understanding of dancing I consider, firstly their preference to Bulgarian dances over Romanian dances, secondly their lack of relationship to Bulgarian dance groups in …read more

The south east Europeans are (still) dancing: recent dance trends in Romania and among south east Europeans in London

Twenty five years since the changes in regimes in southeastern Europe, local dance is still thriving and has even taken on a new vibrancy both within this area and among southeast European economic migrants. This paper evaluates these trends by focussing on two examples, recreational dance groups for adults in …read more

Interview: Englezii Liz Mellish si Nick Green promovează dansul popular bănăţean prin cercetări academice dar şi jucând brâul pe contratimp

În ultimii 10-12 ani, în spectacolul de închidere a “Festivalului Inimilor” prezentam cursanţii de la Seminarul de coregrafie organizat de Casa de Cultură Timişoara în timpul festivalului. Ajutaţi de dansatorii noştri, cursanţi din Olanda, Japonia, Anglia, Belgia, Franţa şi multe alte ţări, prezentau publicului din Parcul Rozelor câte un dans …read more

Dance, field research and intercultural perspectives: The Easter customs in the village of Svinița

Dance, Field Research, and Intercultural Perspectives, edited by Selena Rakočević and Liz Mellish, is a result of joint field research carried out by members of the Sub-Study Group on Field Research Theory and Methods in the village of Svinita, Romania in May 2013. The field research and subsequent book wasbased …read more