La Marinera Norteña

During the Piura Jubilee Week (October 1 – 19), there were lots of cultural events throughout the city. Poetry readings, plays, choral concerts, food displays, and seemingly hundreds of processions. My favorite of all the presentations however were the couple traditional dance expositions that we managed to catch.

Usually late at night and near the plaza, large speakers were set up and people crowded around, creating an inner circle where group after group of dancers would enter and dance the Marinera Norteña, the most popular of traditional Peruvian dances.

It´s a beautiful dance, and although at first I thought it rather simple and not very entertaining, due to its repetitive movements, it totally grew on me. There are repetitive dance steps (and handkerchief waving to the extreme), but also each dancer puts a lot of their own feeling and personality into it. And, after watching 10 or more sets of partners, it was easy to see the passion that people feel for the dance.

And some extra info from wikipedia.org — “Marinera is a coastal dance of Peru, generally called the “National Dance of Peru.” Marinera is a graceful and romantic couple’s dance that uses handkerchiefs as props. The dance is an elegant and stylized reenactment of a courtship, and it shows a blend of the different cultures of Peru.”

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