The ‘Belarusian Vase’ Gymnastic Performance at the Independence Day Parade in Minsk: Embodying the Ideological Imagination of the State
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This dissertation deals with the ‘Belarusian Vase’ gymnastic performance in contemporary Belarus, which used to be part of the USSR since its formation in 1922 till its collapse in 1991. The main research questions concern the representation of the body in this gymnastic performance and its relation to a broader political discourse and the reproduction of the Soviet discourse in contemporary Belarus by the current political regime. The research analyses a correlation of the dancers’ personal bodily experience and the performance of the state’s ideological imagination: how the representation of the body within the gymnastics piece, i.e. the position of an individual body within the performers’ collective and its relation to it, is connected to the ideologies, reproduced by the official cultural and political discourse, and how the performers situate themselves in them. Then it investigates the issue of the reproduction of the Soviet discourse in Belarus by the current political regime, - particularly of the Soviet ideological narratives in regard with art and sport, the individual and the collective body, - and its relation to the contemporary political and cultural environment, in the case of this gymnastics performance as part of the Independence Day parade.