concept of monoperformance 'Three wedding tunes' (Kuin' syuan
gur'yos) based on the motifs of Udmurt
In the worldview, as well as in the very language
of the Udmurts, the image of the Wedding has an
The birth of a person marks his or her Wedding
with Life (Nuny Syuan). The marriage ceremony
is called Wedding with a Human (Syuan). When
the person dies, it is perceived as Wedding with
Death, or literally as 'wedding the other way round'
(Myddorin' Syuan). Wedding accompanies an
Udmurt through the whole life. Thus, the rite conducted
on the occasion of field sowing is called Field
Wedding. In general, wedding means a symbolical,
magical, sacred union. The stage performance 'Three
Wedding Tunes', based on authentic folklore, is
played in the Udmurt language. Nevertheless it is
easily understood without any knowledge of the language,
considering its universal content and the universal
expressive means and symbols applied.
Philosophically, the idea of the performance might
be put in this way. A person comes into the world
and then departs, but this departure means a new
return, because of the mystical and philosophical
character of human existence: it is a circle that
lasts and repeats infinitely.
The soul is compared with a bell. The bell will
be back in the world and belong to someone else,
while someone other will lose his or her bell. There
is always someone who is born and someone who dies.