Sunday, July 31, 2011

Folk dancing with MJ's...

Now here's something different - a fusion of folk and modern dancing, made even more enthralling with  MJ flavouring; but before watching the video footage(s)  below, I'd want to give a little background on the folk aspect;

In my birth country,  the Philippines,  we have this folkdance called Tinikling which includes two people hitting bamboo poles or piece of wood, using them to beat, tap, and slide on the ground and against each other in harmonization with one or more dancers who will step over and dance in between the poles.  When the bamboo closes, the dancers must be fast enough to not get their foot or feet caught.  As the tinikling dance continues the banging of the bamboo becomes faster and harder, the sound of clashing bamboo adds more to the thrill of this awesome dance, one could not just help but be amazed by the grace and speed demonstrated by the dancers. The tinikling name came from birds locally known as Tikling. The term tinikling literally means "tikling-like", as the dance is in fact a mimic movement of tikling birds hopping over trees, grass stems or over bamboo traps set by farmers.

Hope you enjoy these clips :)

And just out of interest, in case anyone wants to see the traditional tinikling;

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