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The Eskimo folklore ensemble "Atasikun" performed on the stage of the ZIL cultural center with the program "Ah'pak'ug'vik".


Ah'pak'ug'vik literally translates to "dance meeting place". The joy of meeting happened within the framework of the International Music Festival "Russia - the Universe of Sound". The festival opened on May 8 with the concert program of the Atasikun ensemble led by Irina Suvorova and will last until October 30, introducing the audience to the culture of Chukotka, Dagestan, Sakhalin, Altai, Buryatia, Yakutia, Tyva, Tatarstan, as well as Iran, India, Mongolia.

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The musical and dance culture of the peoples of Chukotka embodies all the poetry of the North. Through the voice, the movement sounds the nature of an attractive and unfamiliar reality to us, which all this time continued its measured course very close, in the neighborhood. It is saturated with the movement of water under the ice, the soft growl of seals, the cries of seagulls, the noise of the steppes, dotted with traces of deer and the dotted line of minks of evrazhek. At the festival, a holistic composition of such a life lined up in front of the audience. Each song played was a small and capacious chapter in the annals of Eskimo everyday life. 

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The concert began with a dance that is customary to perform at an ancient festival, where each performer shows his skills. Girls filled the stage first. Four of them lined up behind, holding tambourines and mallets. They created a rhythmic pattern, within which there were dancers, bodily responding to its every sound. Later, young people joined the performers - and the vital energy of the holiday & nbsp; spread throughout the auditorium. All those watching the performance became accomplices in a single process of collective joy, joined in living a new, bright and sincere life for themselves.

The boundary between the stage and the hall dissolved, opening a single sounding space. Further, each composition was perceived as a personal experience of immersion in a new reality. 

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The new reality appeared in the smallest details. The opportunity to observe the inflorescences of its aspects was realized through the reproduction of episodes from the life of the inhabitants of the villages of Chukotka, whether it was hunting or fishing, their imitation of the dense sound canvas of northern nature, and the demonstration of tribute to the ancestors. And, most importantly, the viewer was able to look deep into the zone of sensual Eskimos: to see touching scenes of a family meeting, preening girls before a date, an ode to friendship, a dance preparation for a disco. Through these short meetings with the “real” of another nation, a rhyme is created with the “real” of each of us. The axis of differentiation is crumpled and the interest of the meeting is followed by the joy of recognition.

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The ensemble demonstrated different ways of representing folk identity. The first is an acquaintance with the subjective principle. For the inhabitants of Chukotka, a song is a way to tell about themselves at the first meeting. The soul is revealed through the voice. Quiet at first, carefully picking up sounds from outside. But then more and more coming into force and in the end - merging into a single stream with the voices of other performers. The path to dialogue has been found.

Next comes the dialogue itself: the meeting of man and man. Collective dances create a bizarre plastic geometry. It is often formed by a circle - the performers unite in it, leave it for an individual, dispersed movement, inside which the tension of the general pulsation of the bodies continues to be held.

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The peoples of the north are stronger than many  aware of their connection with nature. Therefore, another type of dialogue is inevitable - between man and nature. In addition to masterful onomatopoeia for ducks, gulls, seals, steppe rodents, the program included a dance-meeting with whales. One force meets another, a great one, gasping with the depths of icy dark water. 

Of course, every culture has its own dialogue with time - dances, which are correlated with the change of life cycles. Today, the cyclicity froze in the spring. The artists performed her greeting, outlining the solar symbols in space and rushing with their whole being up to the sun. Each movement was accompanied by a loud throaty sound of the song. Songs of true joy.

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The small life of Chukotka, which opened like a fur flower in the midst of spring Moscow, was closed not by farewell, but by a common dance, in which, probably, the same transforming force is sewn, capable of spiritualizing time from the inside, make it cleaner and brighter. "Ah'pak' ug'vik" developed far from being a "dance meeting place" but a meeting place. Meetings with a new part of yourself, with a mirror, the glass of which is pollinated with charming originality, but such pollination does not change its function - to reflect. 

"Place" pulsated with a multifaceted, but unified national code. Beautiful rhythm.

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