Հայկական Պար. Armenian Dance. History. Armenian dance is one of the oldest, richest and most varied types of dance in history. Rock paintings of scenes of dancing have been found from the 5 th to the 3 rd millennia B.C. in regions of Armenia.
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These dances were accompanied by musical instruments like the davul and zurna (shrill pipe).
Through its motions, Armenian dances can show suffering, fear, sadness, happiness, excitement, and many other emotions.
Though dance ensembles try to preserve tradition, many dances have to be altered for stage presentation.
Stage versions are often quite different from the dances originally danced in villages.
Some dance companies are criticized for these modifications.
The Kochari originated in the Kars and Artvin, provinces of Western Armenia,over 1,000 years.
Dancers form a closed circle with their hands on each other's shoulders to symbolize the hostility they were feeling at the time.
The Kochari was created with the intention of intimidating enemies.
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