Category Archives: Dance

„Calusarii” – a custom kept more than 2000 years

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From the ethnogenesis point of view, we, the Romanians, are “Daco-Roman” descents. Romanian continuity on the actual Romania’s territory starting with the Latinisation of the autochthonous population (Dacians) by the Romans.

Dacia Traiana was included among the imperial provinces in 106 AD, after the victory of Trajan emperor. After that, Trajan’s Column in Rome was raised to celebrate the success of Romans.

What we can easily notice in the bas-reliefs of Trajan’s Column is that the port of the native population, Dacians, is almost the same with that of the Romanian peasants, in great discrepancy with the Roman’s port, obvious changed.

The Dacians were in the pre-Christian period the only population in Europe that had only one God, Gebeleizis (a monotheism exception in the polytheist civilised world of Greeks and Latins). Also, another interesting aspect is that the Dacians  were laughing at the funeral in order to celebrate the beginning of a better, superior live after death.

All the elements of continuity, preserving the traditions, make from Romania a place of profound authenticity.

One of the customes remained from the Dacians, practically unchanged in the last 2000 years is „Calusarii” ( „The hazel’s nuts”).

The dance „Calusarii” is related to the feast of Sun, a magic dance that have as motif the nut of hazel, called „calus” in some regions of Romania. The rite of this dance gives special forces to its participants, that have after that the power to bring good to people, animals, harvests. In a phase of the dance, one of the participants enter in the center and fall after he is touched with a hazel branch, taking upon him all the evil.

A dance with similar movements is find only in Egypt, a place where for a short period was developed a monotheistic pre-christian religion having in center the sun.

Everyone that is seeing „Calusarii” is immediately attracted by the power of its rhythm, the force of movements, the beauty of the colourful customes and the magic of the symbols.

photo: blogspot.com, lenusa.ning.com, adevarul.ro

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Manuel Pelmus – Just Intro

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Romanian Choreographer

awarded “Berlin Art Prize 2012 – Performing Arts” offered by the Academy of Arts Berlin and the City of Berlin, on 18 March 2012 in the presence of the Mayor of Berlin, Klaus Wowereit

at only 37 ans, a prize for artistic achievements

born 1974, Bucharest

“Floria Capsali” Dance School, Bucharest

State Dance School, Hamburg

his projects have been presented internationally in theatres, alternative places, galleries or festivals such as Tanz im August Berlin, TanzQuartier Wien, De Singel Antwerp or Judson Church New York

his works, such as “Outcome“, “Punct Fix“, “Still Lives” (by Schad, Pocheron, Gies and Pelmus) and “Preview“, have been presented in well-known festivals all over Europe and the United States

2007 – the solo “Preview” was nominated in Ballettanz International as “most important production of the season

2011 – he founded Caminul Cultural together with Farid Fairuz and Brynjar Bandlien, a project supported by ERSTE Foundation

(http://www.caminulcultural.ro/home.html)

photo: samplingbucharest.ro

Alina Cojocaru – London Royal Ballet’s principal dancer

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Seing Alina Cojocaru dancing is like in a dream, a supernatural dance of a graceful, strong, feminine, light, precise, brilliant ballerina.

Giselle, her first leading role, is the name that will forever be linked to the name of Alina Cojocaru, the best dancer ever for this part. In Giselle, the tempo is going from the dance full of vivacity at the peasants celebration to the dance of seduction and eternal love and, in the end, the deadly dance of the soul in the world of Fairies, where you can lose your mind of pain.

Alina Cojocaru and her partner Johan Kobborg (her partner in real life also) dance in Giselle all the forms of love, from day to night, from coolness to fussiness, from live to death. The beauty of Giselle with Alina Cojocaru and  Johan Kobborg from London Royal Ballet’s was recognized being ranked in 2010 in top ten ballets of the decade.

The story of Alina Cojocaru starts simple … she was born in Bucharest. Her parents, both worked in the family shop in a bazaar in Bucharest thought she was to short, so she began gymnastic class. Than, at the age of 9 years, she started ballet school, a few month after the beginning, she was chosen by the director of the Kiev Ballet School for a student exchange.

How to succeed? Alina Cojocaru is no doubt born with the genius of dance, after that maybe the fortunate to be at the audition for the student exchange with the Kiev Ballet School, but after that work, work, … and many sacrifices. She stayed 7 years in Kiev, coming home only in holidays two times per year, alone not knowing to speak Russian and working hard to shine as ballerina. She is saying that the most difficult was missing her family, something that will never change because she had never returned to live in Romania.

At the age at 16, Alina Cojocaru won the gold medal in the Prix de Lausanne, winning so a six month scholarship at the Royal Ballet School London. After this, she was offered to join the corps of ballet in London and also to join the Kiev Ballet as Principal, she chosen for one season the second option in order to gain experience. Than, at the age at 17 years, she joined the Royal Ballet as member of the corps of ballet and at the age at 19 years, in 2001, she was promoted to the rank of Principal dancer, the youngest in the Royal Ballet history.

In 2004 she received the Prix Benois de la Dance, and in 2010 was one of the four winners of the Prix Ballerina of the Decade at The Stars of the 21st Century Moscova Gala.

Alina Cojocaru is definitely one of the most acclaimed ballerinas worldwide, she performed with London Royal Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, The Australian Ballet, Hamburg Ballet, ABT Met, Kremlin Ballet, Royal Danish Ballet, Tokyo Ballet and her way is not ended yet.

photo: cotidianul.ro