Kharkiv: Vestnik fizicheskoi kultury, 1929. Item #488
64 pp.: ill. 17x12,5 cm. In original illustrated wrappers. Near fine. Some rubbing of the spine, stamp of the not existing library on the title page and p.17, some foxing.
First and only edition. One of 5000 copies. Very rare especially in such good condition.
This is a manual for mass dances as an activity for people gatherings in clubs, for trips and other collective needs. All dances in this book based on a song (‘if it’s ideologically correct’) or taken from folk dances which most people were familiar with. The author also developed dances for clubs which were based on mechanized movements. All dances came as a result of the work made by section of mass dances of the Institute of the Physical Culture.
The book gives five main tips to make dances into an educational tool: dance must be cheerful, movements should consist of steps, running and hopping, order of changing places should be simple, dances must be organized that way so many people could participate even in small spaces, musical material must be simple. The most interesting part of the book is manual itself. For each dance there is a textual description and sequence, scheme of movements, photographs, musical notes and illustrations (photographs by V.R. Zhivago, drawings by N. Kononova).
Post-revolutionary ideology based on positive culture of the second half of the 19th century denied dance as an aesthetic phenomenon, tried to find the scope of its utilitarian use. It propagandized and supported a massive dance in Russia in forms that appeared to be socially useful: in the form of rhythmics, considered as the basis for the formation of a man of the future; biomechanics which was supposed to help increase labor productivity in production. In the second half of the 1920s the dance was included in the program of physical education and health improvement of the nation; it also had to serve as a means of propaganda. Despite the importance of the social experiment to establish a connection between dance and social practice, a miscalculation of ideology was the abandonment of traditional urban dance, its persecution and prohibitions, an attempt to replace artificially created genre formations.
Overall a very interesting Ukrainian imprint with the material for studying early Soviet years.
Not found in Worldcat.