Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Roman Dancing Maidens at Braga Romana


As I mentioned in the earlier post about the military camp enactment, there were many performances going on all over the historic district (the main tourist center) in Braga. Many of them were dance performances. We especially liked this one: a beautifully choreographed dance in several sequences by four "Roman" maidens.

The dancing was accompanied by haunting music performed by three musicians who sang and played special instruments. The group's name is Dorahoag, and here is a YouTube site where you can hear the three men of the group play a very similar sounding piece of music. They create their own music in fusion with other music. Really wonderful.

Here you see two of the men from Dorahoag with a woman who is playing an instrument that — sadly — I can't name:





















And then the marvelous dancers! You can see such grace in all their movements:



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There were other dance performances by belly dancers, which I will share in a later post.


How about you? Do you like dance performances? Do you like music that fuses more than one genre? What is your favorite music?
                     

14 comments:

Elephant's Child said...

Music and dance are such an intricate part of so many cultures. And one of the earliest forms of communication I suspect.
I am on the outer here (and regret it). Music isn't part of my life in any significant way. I don't dislike it (unless it is loud) but I don't need it either.

Nas said...

Hi Elizabeth,

I have been travelling so I saw belly dancing in Turkey and Flamingo dancing in Spain. And also many other types of dancing and singing. In Portugal, I heard their native music which is known as Fado.

Great post!

Elizabeth Varadan, Author said...

Elephant's Child, I think you are right. I suspect music even came before poetry. Some kind of beat, and then a tune. It's so primal. I think music is much like an acquired taste: the more you are exposed, the more your ear tunes into what to listen to. You should explore a little more, because music also taps into one's deepest feelings: that old adage: "Thoughts too deep for words . . ." Thanks for stopping by.

Elizabeth Varadan, Author said...

Hi, Nas, you hit on three things that have really touched us: belly dancing, which is easily as demanding and captivating as ballet (and which will be in my next post); Flamenco dancing, which is so passionate and deeply moving; and Fado, which we find so emotionally stirring. (In fact, I've posted about Fado a few times and treasure the fact that I personally know two fadistas. I'm glad you've had an opportunity to experience all three.

Natalie Aguirre said...

The dancing sounds amazing! Your husband and you have some wonderful experiences on your trips. Thanks for sharing them with us.

Elizabeth Varadan, Author said...

Hi, Natalie, yes, we are grateful for these experiences. It all came about because I decided to write a mystery based in Braga, Portugal, and so needed to do some research. When we went the first time, we made some wonderful friends, and they all kept telling us about this festival. This festival really is an amazing event. I'm glad you enjoy the posts.

Kenda Turner said...

Another interesting post about your travels! These performances sound very moving. My experience was a wonderful evening in Grenada Spain where we ate dinner while flamenco dancers performed. A great memory. Thanks for sharing a taste of another culture. If only we all could have such graceful movements and musical talent!

Elizabeth Varadan, Author said...

Hi, Kenda. Moving is a good description on all accounts. We liked this one so much we watched it two days in a row. The grace and "storytelling" of the dance was captivating. I would so love to see live Flamenco dancing. I've seen several videos, but I know seeing it live would be even more exciting. Perhaps one day . . .

Rosi said...

You're lucky to have such a great photographer traveling with you! This sounds like a really fun day. Thanks for sharing it.

Elizabeth Varadan, Author said...

Hi, Rosi. True. I always like to share Rajan's photos because they really do come out better than mind. The festival is actually four days, with things going on all day and in the evenings, too. Both times we've left Braga exhausted! :-)

Sandra Cox said...

Oh this does look wondrous.

Elizabeth Varadan, Author said...

Hi, Sandra. "Wondrous." Such a good way to put it. It really was. Thanks for stopping by.

Mirka Breen said...

the very idea that we can sort of time-travel and witness a dance form Roman times... oh, my.

Elizabeth Varadan, Author said...

Hi, Mirka. What a cool way to put it. It really is a sort of time-travel, isn't it! Have a great day.