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Melting snow and the arrival of spring marks the end of Kudrinka’s year and time for new plans. In mid-March and mid-April, Kudrinka’s loyal Moscow fans are treated to two “Otchyotniy Konserts” – two completely different concerts of over 35 dances each that give the ensemble a chance to show off their full range of performances. Every member of Kudrinka participates, from the youngest age 5-7, the youngsters age 8 to 10, the middle group from 11 to 14, and the senior and adult group.

Old City Kadrille

Old City Kadrille

The opening number, Old City Kadrille, is a traditional Russian folk dance that was originally derived from a French royal dance. This is an old favorite, and we see group leader Alexei Salnikov and his son Petr on stage with Makar Vasiliev.
Off to a Fast Start

Off to a Fast Start

Chetvyorka (Four)

Chetvyorka (Four)

Chetvyorka (Four) is a favorite with two male and two female dancers, a dance that brings a gasp to the audience at its culmination.
Oh my aching knees

Oh my aching knees

Penguin Tap

Penguin Tap

As a regular, I have my favorites, but each year Kudrinka’s leaders add new dances to the repertoire – some modern, tap, or character dances. One of this years new dances is a piece called Penguin Tap performed by the middle group. Cute costumes. Matroshki, a Russian traditional dance on the theme of Matroshka dolls, has been performed by Kudrinka’s younger girls for many years.
Matroshki (Matroshka dolls)

Matroshki (Matroshka dolls)

C Yarmaka (at the market)

C Yarmaka (at the market)

The costumes are wonderful, the dance skills are great, but I particularly enjoy the expressions, the beaming smiles, and the silent acting skills of these performers. Many of the dances are not just folk movements but reflect the origins of folk dance in village merrymaking and clowning. They tell stories, like this Ukrainian dance, C Yarnaka or At the Market – the girls have come to retrieve their husbands after a day in the market.
You're Coming Home!

You're Coming Home!

Tabakeryaska (Moldova)

Tabakeryaska (Moldova)

Everyone loves the big dances, lots of colorful costumes, leaps, and exciting music, but even in these dances there can be humorous moments and with the Kudrinka performers expressions, you can tell they’re having a great time.
Where are the girls?

Where are the girls?

Text by Charles Borden, Photos of Vladimir Sazanov

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Posted February 10, 2014 by Charles in Concerts, Upcoming Events

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