The UNESCO Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage inscribed the Khorezm Dance, Lazgi, in the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity during the Committee's 14th session on 12 December in Bogota, Colombia.
Born in the land of Khorazm, the Lazgi encapsulate human creativity by reflecting the sounds and phenomena of surrounding nature, feelings of love and happiness.
The dance has centuries-old roots. Paintings of the dancing people can be found in the archaeological site of Tuproq-qala – an outstanding monument of culture of Ancient Khorezm in the I-VI centuries A.D.
Nowadays, Lazgi is popular in all regions of Uzbekistan. This dance is characterized by movements on the half-bent legs, shaking shoulders and arms, with ringing bells attached to them. During the dance, all the musicians, singers and dance performers act in a harmonized way, and the lyrics of the songs are mainly devoted to glorifying love and kindness.
Two types of dance exist: the ‘scenery’ dance and the interpretive improvised form. While the scenery dance represents these feelings through concrete movements, its interpretation focuses on improvisation as the rhythm and dance movements become more dynamic, and the amplitude and sequence of movements can change.
Khorazm Dance Lazgi is a key form of self-expression of people and is transmitted across the generations through the creation of new versions of performances.
It should be noted that earlier the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity of UNESCO included 6 elements from Uzbekistan: «Shashmaqom» and «Cultural Space of Boysun» (2008), «Katta Ashula» (2009), «Askiya» (2014), «Culture and Traditions associated with Palow» and «Navruz» (2016).