Gopak

(redirected from Hopak)
Also found in: Dictionary, Wikipedia.
The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Gopak

 

(Ukrainian hopak; from hop, an exclamation uttered while dancing; from it come the verbs hopati [to stamp] and hopkati [to jump]), a Ukrainian folk dance, mainly for men. It includes jumps, prisiadkas (steps executed by extending the legs alternately forward from a squatting position), and turns and often is of a grand, heroic character.

The vocal and instrumental melodies of the gopak are also often performed as independent musical pieces among the people. Folk melodies of the gopak and the genre itself have been used in many works by Russian and Ukrainian composers—in Rimsky-Korsakov’s opera May Night, Mussorgsky’s opera The Sorochintsy Fair, Tchaikovsky’s opera Mazeppa, Gulak-Artemovskii’s opera The Zaporozhian Cossack Beyond the Danube, Lysenko’s opera The Aeneid, Pu-gni’s ballet The Little Humpbacked Horse, Solov’ev-Sedoi’s ballet Taras Bul’ba, Khachaturian’s ballet Gayane, and Svechnikov’s ballet Marusia Boguslavka. One movement of Shtogarenko’s symphonic suite In Memoriam of Lesia Ukrainka bears the name gopak.

A. I. GUMENIUK

The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
References in periodicals archive ?
Ironically, Solodovnikov then noted that "in Ukraine there is a wonderful play by the Ukrainian writer Tobilevych, and we don't know him here." Solodovnikov was referring (most probably) to Ivan Karpenko-Karyi, one of the Tobilevych brothers who wrote much of the 19th-century Ukrainian-language melodramatic repertory, the very repertory decried by the apparatchik Petrenko as "malorossiishchina and hopak" Yet Soviet Ukraine had also produced wonderful plays by Mykola Kulish, and these treasures remained unknown to Solodovnikov, to Moscow audiences then and now, and to scholars of Soviet culture.
| TRADITIONAL DANCE: Young people are pictured learning traditional folk dances like the Hopak - the ancient 'squatting'' dance of the men - which is known to date back more than 1,300 years, demonstrated here by Michael Pankiw.
He also requested instructors who had taught amateur dancers, who would teach character subject dances rather than hopaks and kolomyikas, (6) and who were able to choreograph for more female than male roles, as most Canadian dance groups had more female participants than males (Mokry 1971a).
"You," she says, "were born 40 years old!" It was there that I learned to dance the hopak in the children's dance troupe, performed my first accordion concert solo, first kissed a girl on New Year's Eve, organized my first political meeting.
In addition to Bare Mountain and Pictures, the disc contains two short pieces, the "Hopak" from Sorochintsy Fair and "Golitsin's Exile" from Khovanchchina.
He played harmonica, danced the hopak, and was very well liked by everyone in the family.
Anagram International, Janna Hopak, Licensing Assistant, 213-624-0284, jhopak@amscan.com, P.