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School at the Crossroads

Oberek Sessions

(16-20.07.2012, 6:00-8:00 PM, Museum of Ethnography)


During the oberek workshops, you can learn the most "crazy" dance in Europe from scratch! Obertas, mazurka, okrąglak, owijok, wyrywany or simply oberek were danced like Poland long and wide. For years absent on the dance floors, now it returns with redoubled energy, captivating with its trance character. During the meetings, we will focus on the traditional form of an oberek, triple mazurka metre, interaction of dancers with music and with each other. This will be helped by rhythmic exercises, practicing turns solo and in pairs, in the direction "with the sun" and "against the sun", pair by pair following and the cooperation of all dance pairs. The classes will be conducted by musicians learning dance and music from rural masters living in northern Małopolska (Kajocki microregion). Music during the workshops will be performed live. It is recommended to wear shoes with a sole with a slight glide. Having a dance partner is optional.

The culmination of the Oberek Sessions will be the Sunday workshops (22.07) led by Kajocki musicians: Maria Siwiec and Jan Kmita: "At the beginning there was a song..." and the Dance Night - with the participation of masters and adepts - at the Magazyn Kultury festival club | Kolanko No 6 | Św. Józefa Street 17.


Ethno-Eco: Upcycling Workshops (20-22.07.2012, 12:00 [noon] – 6:00 PM, Main Square)


The Folk Instruments Fair (22.07.2012, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM, Main Square)


ŻyWa Pracownia [Living Workshop] (Bartosza Street 1)

  • wooden birds from Stryszawa (16.07.2012, 4:00-5:30 PM)

  • Ukrainian „motanki” dolls (17.07.2012, 4:00-5:30 PM)

  • baskets from the Vistula wicker (18-19.07.2012, 4:00-5:30 PM)

  • Belarussian folk dolls (23.07.2012, 2:00-3:30 PM and 24.07.2012, 4:00-5:30 PM)

  • Carpathian cross-stitching (25.07.2012, 4:00-5:30 PM)

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