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19 August 2019 (Mon), 20:00 Unique Russian Cossack Folk Show "Bagatitsa" at the Palace of Countess Sofia Panina - Show Unique Russian Cossack Folk Show "Bagatitsa" - Brilliant example of Russian Cossack Dancing, Music, and Singing

Running time: 1 hour 50 minutes (till 21:50)

The performance has 1 intermission

Schedule for Unique Russian Cossack Folk Show "Bagatitsa" - Brilliant example of Russian Cossack Dancing, Music, and Singing 2022

Folk show in 2 act

Amazing Ensemble "Bagatitsa" is one of the best Cossack dance groups in the world. Exciting Cossack songs and dances, the energy and humor, amazing Cossack costumes, high quality of performance bring joy to every person in the audience. This is proved by extreme popularity of Cossack shows in Russia and abroad. Cossack show "Bagatitsa" is really brilliant example of Russian dancing, music and singing. Ensemble is performing traditional Cossack Russian dances with acrobatic tumbles, split jumps, breathtaking spins and leaps! Enthusiasm for their own cultural heritage is the main motivation and driving force behind the superb performances of the members of this company. Their show portrays the Cossacks’ courage and tells the fascinating tales of fame and honour, war and love with costumes, movement and song. The Russian Cossacks were fearless warriors on horseback yet their energy and love of life found complete expression in the old traditions with song and dance. Cossack Ensemble "Bagatitsa" carefully keeps and successfully presents centuries-old traditions of the great nation.

Russian Cossacks Dance Ensemble "Bagatitsa" preserves the four centuries of folk art of the Cossack peoples. The Ensemble reproduces the ethnic songs and dances of the region in their original form. Songs painstakingly selected from an immense historical catalog accompany dances that range from explosively energetic to gracefully elegant.

Cossack Dance Ensemble "Bagatitsa" is widely acknowledged as Russia's best Cossack dance troupe. This world-class company of the orchestra, singing dancers and dancing chorus brings with it a dynamic and breathtaking production that will both dazzle and delight theatregoers through amazing feats of highly skilled, acrobatic Cossack dance!

 The word "Bagatitsa" originally meant fire. Dance Ensemble "Bagatitsa" thrills audiences with its fire dancers, vibrant singers and musicians. It gives two-act fabulous performances, 45 minutes each, at beautifull Smolninsky Concert Hall of International Centre of Business (opposite to marvellous Smolny Cathedral).

Cossack Dance Ensemble "Bagatitsa" took the first prize at the International Festival "FolkFest", had concert tours through many cities such as Sweden, Spain, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, enjoyed a tremendous success in the UK and were televised by the BBC.

Renowned for their strength and athleticism, the Russian Cossack Dance Ensemble "Bagatitsa" dance with vigour, sparkle and spontaneity, but behind each performance lies many hours of strenuous rehearsals and strong self-discipline, all under the watchful eye of their Artistic Director, Tatyana Fominyh. It is the dedication to professionalism in performance, and to perfectionism in costume, music, in fact every detail, that has brought the company their continued success and international acclaim.

Unrivalled in their field, the Russian Cossack Dance Ensemble "Bagatitsa" captivate audiences with the ultimate in folklore presentation. Theirs is a truly remarkable performance, rich in energy, passion and excitement that will leave lasting memories of a truly remarkable evening's entertainment.

The Cossacks fiery dances and elaborate costumes are as true and honest as the souls of their country folk. The highlight of this spectacular show is the Great Cossack Dance for which special sabres have been made of titanium, ensuring sparks really do fly.

The word "Cossack" originally meant nomad horseman, or "freebooter". From the time of Genghis Khan, mounted bands had been roaming the undulating plain to the north of the Caspian and Black Seas. From the fifteenth century onwards, the Moscow Grand Dukes are known to have hired some of them to protect the southern and eastern marches against their kinsmen and other invaders.

But the Tatar Cossacks were soon joined by vast numbers of runaway peasants from Muscovite Russia and Polish Ukraine. They were hunters, fishermen and pastoralists by day and remained ever ready to take up arms for a sudden raid or a longer campaign.

The Volga and other waterways were important arteries of communication, sources of sustenance, and providers of refuge. The Zaporozhian settlement on the Dnepr was one of their first fortresses, colorfully caught in the epic canvas of llya Repin, depicting members of the 'circle' writing a mocking letter to the Turkish Sultan. Later, groups of Cossacks were formed on the Don, the Volga and further afield, eventually even in the Far East along the Amur and Ussuri running into the Pacific Ocean.

The Hopak, also known as Cossack dancing, originated in southern Russia and Ukrainian military communities in the 1600s. When the Cossacks would return from battle, the men would celebrate through this improvised dance. Community musicians would gather their instruments, including violins, bagpipes and flute-like fifes, and join the others in a celebratory performance named the hopaky. As a way to celebrate, these ordinary military men would begin dancing and re-enacting their battle scenes for the community to see. They began pantomiming using their swords and other weapons, as local musicians would join them in their dance. The men then began to improvise, performing acrobatics in the air as well as other masculine moves such as squats in order to prove their manliness and heroism. This style of movement is what gave this dance the name Hopak, being derived from the Ukraine verb “hopaty” meaning to jump.

Cossack dance is famous all over the world for its unrivalled energy and high spirits. Vivid colours, audacious movement, enthusiasm and joy, catchy tunes and authentic costumes are unforgettable.

Lively Cossack songs, music and dancing handed down through generations in addition to authentic, hand-made national costumes make their performances very traditional in content, yet with a refreshing and modern twist. Dancers are filled with contagious enthusiasm, which creates a thrilling atmosphere. They guarantee that at times you will find it hard to sit still!  

Buffet table (served during the 20 minutes interval):

Buffet table (Russian style) includes:


- Tartlet with red caviar

- Tartlet with red fish

- Tartlet with cheese


- Glass of Champagne
- Orange Juice
- Mineral water

Russian dinner (served before the show at 18:30 at the restaurant nearby).

Russian dinner #1 (fish) before the show

Russian dinner #2 (chicken) before the show

Russian dinner #3 (beef) before the show

Dress Code for Folk Show:

There is no Dress Code for the Show. Formal wear is not necessary, casual wear and jeans are OK.

Schedule for Unique Russian Cossack Folk Show "Bagatitsa" - Brilliant example of Russian Cossack Dancing, Music, and Singing 2022

Unique Russian Cossack Folk Show "Bagatitsa" - Kalinka
About This Video
Amazing Ensemble "Bagatitsa" is one of the best Cossack dance groups in the world.
Here is the brief introduction of the Ensemble

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