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The village vocal groups sang the traditional repertoire they had performed previously in annual or life-cycle celebrations, now with the new purpose of displaying them on stage. The program requirements usually comprised one dance performance a stage enactment of one custom, a performance of genuine songs and musician playing a traditional instrument. Local authorities, organizers and amateur group leaders had an important role in program selection and also in shaping the personal repertoire of the female singers. The direct intervention of staging concerned the adjustment of the local repertoires in accordance with the programs rules and timetable. The most significant changes at the level of repertoire were visible in joint performances by women and men. Staged representation of gender at Village Gatherings was based on the traditional matrix, due to the jurys demands for authenticity, which also illustrates the contradictions in the construction of socialist femininity in the public realm.

Keywords: female singers; repertoire; socialist femininity; Village Gatherings; village vocal groups



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