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Thai theatre and dance gave a new impetus to the performing arts of Burma. There are similar dances in other parts of Southeast Asia, and they may have been dictated by the requirements of the strict court etiquette where underlings had to kneel before rulers. In Burma, where the court tradition had had an abrupt end, it was felt that the classical dance technique should be recreated and standardised for the use of the curriculum of the newly founded State School. Many dance numbers are based on the repertory of the marionette theatre, such as the dances of the Magician, the Prince mintha and the Princess minthamee. Puppet-style dances are still popular. As already discussed earlier, important sources for the history of Burmese dance are the small reliefs from the Pyu period and the several murals and reliefs from the Pagan period. However, in the 17 th century, it is believed, a long-drum dance became increasingly popular.

Puppet-style dances are still popular. These kinds of dances are usually performed by large groups of female dancers who execute the dance in unison. However, some of the courtly dance forms spread among the ordinary people when former court artists were forced to find their livelihood outside the restricted circles of the court. Dancer from a Pagan-period wooden door Jukka O. One theme, known in many Southeast Asian cultures, is the dance of the kinnari , a half-bird half-human creature described in Buddhist mythology. The performer, however, always falls to the ground in a very graceful position with legs bent back and arms bent angularly. The Thais probably modified the style to their own tastes, and this, in turn, was partly adopted in Burma, when the Burmese imprisoned the Thai court with its dancers after the sack of the Thai capital, Ayutthaya, in As already discussed earlier, important sources for the history of Burmese dance are the small reliefs from the Pyu period and the several murals and reliefs from the Pagan period.

As has already been discussed, the puppet style dances, derived from the repertory and character gallery of the marionette theatre, are still very popular. They are characterised by Indian-influenced foot positions, strongly bent bodies, and angular arm positions, all of them features still recognisable in the present-day classical move technique of Myanmar.

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Pyu dancers and musicians, c. The hands repeat gestures of Indian origin, which, unlike the Indian mudrasno longer have any precise symbolic meanings. Sharp neck movements accentuate the head movements that follow the rhythm of the music, and the eyes are trained, as in Burnese, to follow the movement.

The Thai khona form of mask dance-theatre enacting the story of the Ramayana, has its equivalent in Burmese dance-theatre, and some minthammee are labelled yodayarreferring to Ayutthaya, the former capital of Thailand. The marionettes also influenced the way in which the dancers fall down, like a marionette whose strings are cut.

There is only fragmentary knowledge of jovie early history of Myanmar classical dance. There are naturally dozens of different dances in the region of present-day Myanmar.

The relatively small court orchestra was expanded, and the performances gained increasingly theatrical features. This partly explains the jerky movements of the dancers, who often perform sitting or crouching on the floor.

As may be expected, Indian influences are clearly present, but it is not exactly known how the Indian influence was received. The performer, however, always falls to the ground in a very graceful position with legs bent back and arms bent angularly. The most archaic of the dances of Myanmar are probably the dance sequences belonging to nat pwe rituals, already discussed earlier.

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Simultaneously, the dance became more theatrical in character. Many dance forms have also flourished naturally among ordinary people, both ethnic Burmese and other ethnic groups. Many dance numbers are based on the repertory of the marionette theatre, such as the dances of the Bur,ese, the Prince mintha and the Princess minthamee.

Puppet-style trio dance Embassy of Burma, Moscow. It seems clear, however, that the present style and technique evolved over some 1 years, incorporating elements of the earlier Mon and Puy traditions predating the arrival of the Burmese.

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These kinds of dances are usually performed by large groups of female dancers who execute the dance in unison. Dance of the Prince multiplied for a group of dancers Jukka O.

However, some of the courtly dance forms spread among the ordinary people when former court artists were forced to find their livelihood outside the restricted circles of the court. The facial expression is often a frozen, puppet-like smile, which appears to derive from the marionettes.

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As already discussed earlier, important sources for the history of Burmese dance are the small reliefs from the Pyu period and the several murals and reliefs from the Pagan period.

As was mentioned, they have also been adapted to the more refined, classical repertory. Drum dances have had a long history, as is seen in the temple murals of the Pagan period. It is probable that the source in India was the Pala dynasty off Eastern India, which was partly contemporaneous with the classical Pagan period in Myanmar from the 11 th to 13 th centuries.

One theme, known in many Southeast Asian cultures, is the dance of the kinnaria half-bird half-human creature described in Buddhist mythology. Many dances, or at least parts of them, are performed in a crouching position; sometimes the dancer is nearly lying on the floor.

The Burmese version is performed in traditional dance costume imitating the court costume of the court of Upper Burma, while in the Shan version the dancer wears a fantastic costume with large, colourful wings supported by bamboo sticks. Miettinen Shan-tradition dance of the mythical kinnari performed by a dancer from North Thailand.

However, in the 17 th century, it is believed, a long-drum dance became increasingly popular. Miettinen Energetic female duo ending in a crouching position Jukka O. Over the years, various puppet-style dances evolved, emphasising the precise imitation of the marionettes. It minthwmee generally believed that the Burmese marionette theatre was developed in order to enact the Buddhist Jataka stories with their moral teachings.

In the first basic position, the knees are bent into an almost crouching position, and the body is forward with the arms supporting the small of the back.