This work is a technical introduction, richly illustrated by photographs of pauses by Sayyad-Khan Tursunova, a dancer and actress at the State Theater of Khujand, on the movements that constitute varied “traditional” dances of several regions of Central Asia : Khujand and the north of Tajikistan, Kulab and the south of this country, the Pamir, and Bukhara.  Elaborated by and for practitioners of folkloric dance, the book does not avoid the trap of ethnic essentialism that is now dominating in Tajikistan (e.g. “improvisation dances are a characteristic of the Tajik people” [p. 8]).  Nevertheless, it provides interesting materials for any research on the practice of “national (milli)” dance in Central Asia, and on its present-day symbolic reappraisals.

Stéphane A. Dudoignon, National Centre for Scientific Research, Paris
CER: I-4.5-372