We have been in Sucre for nearly the whole month of May, teaching three times a week classes for the Studio of Amparo Silva and further had some time to slow down a bit, before it was time to continue working on the PMA. We spent some time at Dayna’s family, which was great for my Spanish! It was nice to withdraw a bit, enjoy the sun walking through the city, visit family and eat Bolivian traditional food, nicely “family-cooked”. Much better than in the restaurants! Having time to contemplate I feel that it is an amazing journey getting over here and deciding to stay – a choice not to regret as it is giving us lots of work and inspiration in sharing our knowledge with dancers here, receiving much interest in what we know in what we do. Sucre is a city, which resembles a lot to Haarlem; it’s a tranquil place where the pace is different. During this month I have seen a High End Fashion Show, lots of manifestations of schools, universities, bus drivers and the village peoples… The dance scene in Sucre is mainly traditional. So we got in contact with the Ballet Municipal de Sucre a traditional dance company who organises the international Festival of the Folklore every year. There were suppose to come different delegations of Chile, Peru, Ecuador, Columbia, Venezuela and Argentina and of course Bolivia. Due to the blockades because of the manifestations in that time just Chile and Argentina came. Edson Gil Curcuy, the director of the Ballet Municipal invited us to join the exchange classes with the Argentinian group.
We learned the first ever written down on paper “Zamacueca choreography” really nice, after this we did tango! What is really nice is that all the different South American countries exchange their dances. Outside on the Internet sometimes the different folkloristic groups envy each other, because they claim that a particular dance is from them…actually all the different dances “travelled” during colonialization through whole South America and adapted itself to the place where it arrived. So of course there are similarities and also differences! Most of the dances are mixtures of African and Spanish rhythms. And there is one tool that comes back in lots of dances in pairs: The handkerchief called “el pañuelo”. We spent some time with the groups who were really nice; in their breaks they sing together South American songs of course accompanied by the guitar. And we gave them a little taste of improvisation while hanging out in the mountains… We saw the performances, which were danced with great energy and pride. But the most touched us the children dancers of “El ballet municipal” of Sucre, dancing the Cueca! Between 6 and 9 years old blew us away with their energy and enthusiasm. We also enjoyed a lot the Argentinian Chacarera with their amazing footwork fast and precise! The Argentinians also presented a more modern work, which was nice to see. And of course the Tinku (Tinkuy) originally a fight between communities in the north of Potosi. A ritual where one needed to die in order to give his blood to the Pachamama for a good harvest! Nowadays the Tinku is performed by traditional dance groups and is danced by the people for example during “El Gran Poder”. You can say the parades like “El Gran Poder”, are an extension of the Rituals exposed and at the same time danced by thousands of Bolivians.