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Russian folk song and dance "Saturday Affair" (Subboteya)

"Saturday Affair" is very popular Russian folk song. Russian folk dance and music ensemble Barynya from Brooklyn, New York has performed "Saturday Affair" at almost every concert since 1991 with accompaniment of Russian folk music instruments such as garmoshka, balalaika and contrabass balalaika. Below is our translation of the song lyrics into English. Russian original text is included as well for those who can read cyrillic.

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Russian folk dance and music ensemble Barynya
Russian folk dance and music ensemble Barynya performing "Saturday Affair"

The word "Barynya" stands for fast Russian folk dance. "Barynya" was a first number of the program that was presented by our ensemble back in 1991. In old times in Russia the word "Barynya" (Landlady) was used by simple folk as a form of addressing to a woman of higher class. The Barynya dance is an alternation of chastushkas and frenetic dancing. The Barynya chastuskas used to have the refrain, kind of "Barynya, barynya, sudarynya-barynya", or "Barynya ty moya, sudarynya ty moya". The content is always humoristic. The dancing was without special choreography and consisted mainly of fancy stomping and traditional Russian squatwork ("prisyadka", "vprisyadku"). There are a number of scenic, more refined versions of the dance.

New York based Russian Folk Dance and Music ensemble Barynya performing "Subboteya"
subboteya videoclip
New York based Russian Folk Dance and Music ensemble Barynya performing "Subboteya"
subboteya videoclip
New York based Russian Folk Dance and Music ensemble Barynya performing "Subboteya"
subboteya videoclip

SATURDAY AFFAIR

Today is Saturday,
tomorrow is Sunday.
You are my "Barynya", you are my "Sudarynya"!

My friend Vanyusha 
stopped by yesterday.
You are my "Barynya", you are my "Sudarynya"!

He brought me presents: nuts, candies and money.
You are my "Barynya", you are my "Sudarynya"!

From candies lips are too sweet.
You are my "Barynya", you are my "Sudarynya"!

Lips are too sweet, it's impossible to kiss.
You are my "Barynya", you are my "Sudarynya"!

It's impossible to kiss, but it is OK to hug.
You are my "Barynya", you are my "Sudarynya"!

У НАС НОНЧЕ СУББОТЕЯ

У нас нонче субботея!
А на завтра воскресенье.
Барыня ты моя, сударыня ты моя!

Ко мне вчёра друг Ванюша приходил.
Три кармана подарочков приносил.
Барыня ты моя, сударыня ты моя! 

Первый карман со орехами,
Второй карман со деньгами.
Барыня ты моя, сударыня ты моя!

Третий карман со изюмом.
От изюма губы сладки.
Барыня ты моя, сударыня ты моя! 

Нельзя с милым целоваться,
Можно только (что?) обниматься.
Барыня ты моя, сударыня ты моя! 

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First official record of Russian dancing is related to year 907 when Great Russian Prince Oleg (Vechshiy Oleg) celebrated his victory over Greeks in Kiev. During the Gala Dinner 16 male dancers dressed as bears and four bears dressed as Russian dancers performed for the guests. After the dinner was over Great Prince commanded to release the bears into the wild and to execute all the dancers.

As it became clear later on, Vechshiy Oleg, who was purblind, has mistaken the dancers for the ambassadors from the Northern Tribes (Severyane) who owned him a few hundred skins of marten - Russian tiger-cat... read full article

Danila Cooper - dance of the Russian Nobility

"Daniel Cooper" (also sometimes spelled as "Danila Kuper" or "Daniel Kupor") is the dance of the Russian Nobility during Napoleonic wars (in Russian version, "Danilo Kupor") was an actual dance - to be more precise, contradance, an old English dance characterized by quick and easy movements. F.F. Wiegel in his "Memoirs" (part 1, M., 1864, p. 62, first published in "Russky Vestnik", 1856) wrote that "One of these contradances was named a Danilo Kupor, probably after its composer, a certain Englishman Cooper".

Daniel Cooper dance was briefly mentioned in world-known novel by Leo Tolstoy "War and Piece": The dance grew livelier and livelier. The other couples could not attract a moment's attention to their own evolutions and did not even try to do so. All were watching the count and Marya Dmitrievna. Natasha kept pulling everyone by sleeve or dress, urging them to "look at Papa!" though as it was they never took their eyes off the couple. In the intervals of the dance the count, breathing deeply, waved and shouted to the musicians to play faster. Faster, faster, and faster; lightly, more lightly, and yet more lightly whirled the count, flying round Marya Dmitrievna, now on his toes, now on his heels; until, turning his partner round to her seat, he executed the final pas, raising his soft foot backwards, bowing his perspiring head, smiling and making a wide sweep with his arm, amid a thunder of applause and laughter led by Natasha. Both partners stood still, breathing heavily and wiping their faces with their cambric handkerchiefs.
"That's how we used to dance in our time, ma chere," said the count.
"That was a Daniel Cooper!" exclaimed Marya Dmitrievna, tucking up her sleeves and puffing heavily.


In 2008 Russian dance ensemble Barynya from New York re-introduced "Danila Kooper" dance during the Russian Nobility Ball 2008 in New York City (Hotel Pierre, Grand Ball Room), May 9th, 2008... read more, view video

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Zhenya Shevchenko & Barynya 2008Legendary Russian Gypsy singer Zhenia Shevchenko and ensemble Barynya DVD. Concert was recorded in New York City on January 26, 2008. Fifteen performers: six dancers, three singers, six musicians. Performers: Sergey Ryabtsev - violin, Mikhail Smirnov - garmoshka, vocal, guitar, Alex Siniavski - Gypsy guitar, balalaika, Alexander Menshikov - Russian Gypsy singer, tambourine, Leonid Bruk - balalaika-contrabass, Gennady Gutkin - bayan, Lev Zabeginsky - balalaika, Andrij Cybyk - dancer, choreographer, Ganna Makarova - dancer, Olga Chpitalnaia - dancer, Vitaliy Verterich - dancer, choreographer, Valentina Kvasova - dancer, singer, Mikhail Nesterenko - dancer, Victoria Pichurova - singer, Gabriel Yakubov - Gypsy dancer. Musical instruments: Balalaika, garmoshka, bayan, violin, balalaika-contrabass, Gypsy guitar, Russian 7 string guitar. Program of Russian Gypsy songs, music, Russian, Gypsy, Cossack and Ukrainian folk dancing... more info, video samples, order

Barynya Ohio 2007This DVD was recorded at live performance of Russian music and dance ensemble Barynya (Artistic Director/Founder Mikhail Smirnov) in Lakeside, Ohio at the Hoover Auditorium in July 2007. List of performers: Mikhail Smirnov - vocal, garmoshka, guitar , Alex Siniavski - balalaika, Gypsy guitar, musical director, Andrij Cybyk - dancer, choreographer, Valentina Kvasova - dance captain, dancer, Leonid Bruk - balalaika contrabass , Alexander Menshikov - singer, tambourine, Victoria Pichurova - singer, Natalia Ejova - dancer, Natia Rtveliashvili - dancer, Stefan Kuziw - dancer, Alex Sizov - dancer.... more info, videoclips, order

Barynya Wisconsin 2006This DVD is from live performance of Russian dance, song and music ensemble Barynya from the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, Wisconsin in October 2006. PROGRAM: Russian, Gypsy, Cossack, Ukrainian traditional dances, folk and popular songs, virtuoso performances on musical instruments with explanation of the program in English. INSTRUMENTS: balalaika, garmoshka, contrabass, buben, Gypsy and classic guitars... more info, videoclips, order

New York based Russian Folk Song and Dance Ensemble Barynya DVD coverNew York based Russian folk dance and music ensemble Barynya, 2004. Russian folk dances, songs, virtuoso performances on balalaika, bass-balalaika and garmoshka. Runtime: 1 hour, cover art: Anna Nagorskaya
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Russian folk dance and music trio Barynya Ensemble Barynya, 1998. Live performance in cabaret "Moscow", Lexington Ave/54 street, New York City. Russian, Cossack, Ukrainian, Klezmer music and dances. Runtime: about 35 minutes.
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Russian, Cossack, Ukrainian and Gypsy dance DVDRuntime: 60 minutes. On this DVD ensemble Barynya dancers are performing Russian, Cossack, Gypsy and Ukranian folk dances including "Kalinka", "Katyusha", "Barynya", "Two Guitars" and others. more info, videoclips, order

"Trepak" Russian dance from Tchaikovsky's Ballet Nutcracker - «Трепак»

Anya Zeenenko and Boulat Moukhametov performing Russian dance Trepak from "Nutcracker" ballet by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky during Aspen Santa Fe Ballet company's winter tour 2010.


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Russian dance workshop at the Public school # 91 in Brooklyn, New York

On January 26, 2011 dancers of ensemble Barynya presented a Russian dance workshop at the Public School # 91 in Brooklyn, New York. Kids loved to learn the steps. Dancers Alexander Rudoy, Anna Brovkina, Natia Rtveliashvili Mangan and Boulat Moukhametov were really well respected instructors. Mikhail Smirnov played his garmoshka (Russian folk button accordion) for the dancers. Everybody in the house had fun.

Russian dance workshop in Brooklyn, NY, January 26, 2011
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