Catégorie: Kopanica

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Kopanica is a common name for a type of lively folk dance in Western Bulgaria in 11/16 metre (QQSQQ) counted as 2+2+3+2+2.

The term Kopanica seems to be especially used in the Šopluk region of Western Bulgaria. Common names are Šopska Kopanica, Graovska Kopanica, Divotinka Kopanica (from the village of Divotino), etc. There is even a village named Kopanica not far from the town of Pernik.

The term Kopanica is also found in Western Thrace and the Sredna Gora regions east of Sofia (Ihtiman, Panagyurishte, Pazardzhik) and even as far east as Plovdiv.

In Western Thrace, dances in 11/8 meter are often called Krivo (or Krivata), a term which means "crooked" or "uneven", and may also refer to dances in other complex uneven meters such as 13/16 (Krivo Sadovsko), 15/16 (Bučimiš) etc. The Kopanica or Krivo dances are usually multi-figured and danced in lines or open circles with dancers holding on to each others' belts.

Dances in 11/16 similar to Kopanica or Gankino can also be found in Macedonia (Sedenka, Pletenica, Skopsko, etc.) and Serbia (Kopačka) using other names.

The name comes from the verb kopam, which means "to dig" or "to hoe", so the name is sometimes translated as "little digging dance".

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