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Sep 14, 2012, 9:39 AM

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Luton Hoo Walled Garden Events

An evening of Russian harvest songs with Polina Skovoroda

DATE: Saturday, 15th September
TIME: 6 - 8pm
LOCATION: Luton Hoo Walled Garden

Zhatva (Harvest) is an old Russian sequence of rituals marking the main parts the harvest. In early times it had magical associations. In the end of the harvest, during Dozhinki, the last sheaf, formed from ears cut by all the reapers and intertwined with flowers or dressed in woman's clothes, was solemnly carried into the village or left in the field until the next harvest. Joyful songs accompanied these rituals: work songs at the beginning of harvest (Zazhynky) and the celebration at its completion (Obzhynky). These songs bring the summer period to an end.

Polina Skovoroda, an internationally renowned singer from Siberia, will introduce some of the Zhatva songs as well as other songs from the Russians' life and soul. These songs tell about the history of this people, describe the landscape, the folk's character and the people's qualities.

The audience will be invited to join in singing ritual songs to influence the weather, other songs of the summer and autumn folk calender, laments, lyric and family songs, circle dance songs.

12 ( 10 Friends of LHWG & Volunteers). Includes wine/soft drinks

Booking essential.
For more information and to reserve a place, email office@lhwg.org.uk or call 01582 879089
http://www.lhwg.org.uk/Images/Russian_harvest%20songs.pdf

 
 


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