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Czech Folk Dance

Courtesy of vjezkova, a couple of photos of Czeech traditional performance dances.



The hats remind me a little of those worn by UK North West Morris dancers, though I've no idea what kind of dance is going to be performed here.  It won't be anything like North West, as the dancers aren't carrying short sticks or hankies.  One of them has a walking stick, but I can't tell if he's the only one carrying a stick.

In other ways, the costume reminds me more of what I'd expect from longsword dancers.

Note the guy on one side in full tatter costume on one side.  A little like old photos of English mummers.

There's a wonderful photo here - http://gal.dkhodonin.eu/fasank2010/slides/DSC_0206.html - which I'm unable to copy over.  Look at the wonderful costumes (especially the decoration style of the trousers), and also the unusual (to my eye) shape of the swords they're using.  I can see how the handle has been adapted for dancing.  The style of the dance (on the limited evidence of one photo) looks very like English longsword - which isn't totally surprising as any circular sword dance will naturally evolve pretty similar basic figures.  I wonder if the dancers also perform hankie dances, given that they've all got a pair of decorated hankies tucked into their belts.

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watervole
Nov. 17th, 2010 10:04 am (UTC)
Looking at another clip - http://www.youtube.com/v/hY7NzHdh-Tg

Here, the swords look more like English swords, with a cross-hilt, and have no rings as far as I can see, but the dance is still what I'm currently seeing at the 'Czech' style with sword clashing and no lock.
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