Hypnotic folk dance

Found by @nomatterband and Robert Popper, who notes that one must watch to the very end.


  1. They weren’t on roller skates. A couple of times you can see the tripping little steps they are taking. What you are seeing is practice. 

  2. This was all done with computer graphics.  The artists used big skirts because they couldn’t be arsed animating all those legs.

  3. Wow..!

    This reminded me of a couple of very different things – the Spinning chorus from Wagner’s Flying Dutchman and a George Pal Puppettoon.

    1. On so many levels-what did I just watch?  But the ending, had the two mirrors facing each other-level of mental processing.  Your interpretation was but one of those reflections flickering through that brain stutter!

      I mean, what u wrote literally had me LOL!

  4. One of my cultural regrets is not attending an American Film Institute series on Soviet movies which included one billed as a typical musical telling the “boy meets tractor- boy loses tractor- boy gets tractor in the end” story.

    1. Do you or anyone else know the name of this? Replace add the word “movie” after “tractor” and you could be reading your own story.

    2. Have you seen the latest Russian film masterpiece? The emotionally overwhelming “War Tractor” premiered this weekend to thunderous snores.

  5. I’ve read that one of Terry Nation’s inspirations for the Daleks was in fact seeing a group of dancers very much like this.

  6. This is Nadia Nadezhdin’s ensemble Birch founded in 1948.  And they aren’t on wheels – they have their dresses hemmed right to the floor so you can’t see their feet movements, but it’s a ballet technique that keeps their shoulders virtually still while they move.  It’s amazing.  There are more of them on youtube…

  7. I thought the North Koreans invented this sort of stuff but now I see they’re just a recent copy :)

  8. When they sitting and waving their arms around, they’re spinning flax with a hand spindle and distaff. Er, I mean they *would* be, if they actually had a spindle, distaff, and some flax. The spinning movements are eerily exact. Also, I disagree with the wheel theory – I propose that they’ve got iron shoes on, and stagehands with big magnets running about madly under the boards.

  9. My guess it is a part of the celebration for the opening of a hydroelectric plant, which is why they bow to the river bringing power and strength to the mighty Soviet empire.

  10. But of course, cultures other than Beatles and (fake) madona exist. Those liking things hypnotic can go easy with soviet films and focus on their own navels instead. Mirrors can provide some help, too.

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