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Osuri – like a ritual…

το κείμενο στα ελληνικά….

Osuri: a dance like a ritual - photo by laminaria, © All Rights Reserved

Osuri, known also as Osetian dance, is distinguished for its dancers’ famous crossed lines and for the high level of technique, discipline and performance it requires.

According to the tradition, during dancing a man’s hand touched that of a woman and for this offence the man was punished with amputation of his fingers.

This dance was created in remembrance of the event, and for this reason the hands are covered.

Osuri constitutes a token of respect towards the woman.

For me, these 7’26’’ of Osuri dance are a great ritual,

Evidence of the aesthetics of a great Black Sea culture, that of Georgia.

A study on movement, detail, gesture and distance.


P.S.: The former professional dancer Georgi Chantishvili initiated me in the nobility, dignity and greatness of this dance.

Therefore I’m grateful to him.

Image from FlickR, uploaded by user Laminaria© All Rights Reserved


2 responses

  1. Pingback: Osuri « La Ivolution – non commercial

  2. The roots of this traditional dance are quite interesting and -actually- what a great performance!

    September 18, 2009 at 14:51

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