Thank you Associazione Culturale Ri Ualanegli Pontelandolfo for bringing an international Folk Dance Festival to Pontelandolfo! Timing in life is everything, and I am incredibly lucky to be here this summer. Ri Ualanegli is bringing some of the best folk dance companies in the world to our corner of the universe on August 31, July 1 and July 2. Since, Ruth St. Denis invaded my body (mother of modern dance in America) 40 years ago, I have been a dance junky. As such, I couldn’t just write about the festival – I had to – needed to – felt compelled to write about each of the companies that will be performing. No matter what your heritage, you will appreciate feeling the music, spirit and passion of these companies.
The Polish Folk Dance Group Przygoda was created in 1972 and has been on the road ever since. Their home is Rybnik city in the Upper Silesia. Like many folkloric companies, they strive to encourage not only youth but the world at large to understand and appreciate the traditions and culture of Poland. One might think pierogis seem a lot like ravioli but they are as unique in their flavor as this company is to the Italian folk companies that will be performing. The Polish dance company has shared its heritage in places like Canada, Denmark, Peru, Portugal, Spain, Turkey, Ukraine, South Africa and now Pontelandolfo!
Przygoda performs the dances and the folklore of Poland’s different regions. As is important to the Polish tradition, the company sings and dances, maintaining a balance between the two. The musicians play violins, violas, flutes, clarinets, bass and of course – the accordion. To enhance the regionalisms and make sure the dancers fully understand their heritage, all participate in making the costumes. The costumes are all handmade -including the embroidery. Natural materials, appropriate to the given region, are a must.
Just because they have been winning international awards from Chile to Romania, isn’t the only reason you should come to Pontelandolfo to see Przygoda perform. You should come, because the opportunity to see companies of this caliber performing in the same festival is something that doesn’t happen often. You should also come because this dance junky wants to see a huge audience for this festival! Be there – I’m taking attendance.
Ci Vediamo – July 31, August 1 and August 2 in Piazzo Roma, Pontelandolfo (BN).