CELEBRATES IT'S 11th ANNIVERSARY
November 24th 1996 was not an
ordinary day for the children's folk (dance) group Borinka from the western
Slovakia's town Nitra. This group celebrated the 10th anniversary of its
existence with a dance performance in the Theatre of Andrej Bagar. According
to the main choreograph Marian Hlavaty boys and girls aged 8 to 16 can see
that jumping up and down and around the stage in beautiful folk costumes is a
time consuming activity that requires a lot of work, too. The folk traditions
of the area by the Nitra river serves as the source of inspiration for Borinka.
The folk costume traditions from Drazovce and Zaluzie come to live through
the children’s dance performances. A number of costumes are, due to bad
economic situation of the folk group, hand - made by the very members of the
As far as the themes revived
and translated into dance performances Borinka closely follows the calendar
culture. That is to say, one-time life and fertility rites are being recreated
in traditional folk festivals. The dance group has during its 11 years of
existence been awarded a number of significant honors and prizes, both here
and abroad, among others in Sicily (Italy), former Yugoslavia, France,
Vatican, Poland, and Hungary.
Borinka has indeed reached a worldwide
reputation in the field of traditional folk dance.
Let's wish these wonderful
kids a lot of successful performances like this one and good luck in the
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Slovak Heritage Live newsletter Volume 6, No. 2, Summer 1999
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