Every month there is a House of Traditional Dances organized by the Dragúni NGO – a dance party in the centre of Bratislava
where you have a chance to learn how to dance to the classic folk music or music of various minority groups. The idea of these events is that there are no performers and spectators, there is just dancing and fun! So what is House of Traditional Dances all about?
Rich cultural resources, unique geographic location preserving various shades of temperament, natural communicativeness of music, dance and interactions with the public are the fundamental pillars on which the project The House of Traditional Dances was built. It has been organised in different towns and cities
regularly since 2002. The art project applicable in any region of the world makes space for active entertainment – direct enjoyment and development of traditional music-dance art in its entire spectrum.
A flexible and well-working concept based on knowing the history and traditions, and respecting it, has the ambition to enable all participants to experience first-hand – and help create – a splendid atmosphere of live music, making it a good prospect for applying the project in local, national, international and inter-genre context.
This Dance House
has two parts. In the first part, the instructors use video projection of authentic records, focusing on teaching one or two folk dances. In the second part, participants try what they have learned in the first part in a form of free entertainment.
The May edition
of the event will be dedicated to specific Slovak craft - tinkering
. Wire craft was developed by itinerant tinkers who went from door to door repairing kitchenware and making and selling a variety of items from wire and, later, also sheet metal. Tinkers also created their own cultural traditions. Wire can now be found in indoor and outdoor sculptures of all sizes, in jewellery, in craft design and in combinations with a huge diversity of materials.
Taking place at KC Dunaj in Bratislava city centre
on May 17th
, 2018, this edition of The House of Traditional Dances will be dedicated to folk dances from Kysuce
cultural region in northwestern
part of Slovakia and Spiš
cultural region in eastern
and northeastern parts of the country.
to enjoy the evening under the leadership of František Morong and Barbora Morongová as well as Ján Vajda a Mariana Svoreňová with their guests. Pure joy of life expressed in dance will be this time presented through "Old Kysuce Czardas" from Turzovka
in Kysuce region and "tancovana" and "skakana" dances from village of Kamienka
from Spiš region. Music will be provided by Muzička Folk Band while singing will be provided by The Maták Sisters vocal group.