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2. На Хорото / The dance | by Veselin N Veselinov
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2. На Хорото / The dance

During the summer of 2008 i was on an educational trip for students of Architecture, organized by the university where i was studying at the moment (University of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy, Sofia, Bulgaria). One of the cities, which we visited in Central Europe was Salzburg, Austria.

The picture has been taken in the inner courtyard of the Salzburg Toy Museum (Salzburger Spielzeugmuseum) and is representing an urban installation and the connection with the city inhabitants. Two of my female colleagues joined me for the picture and i call the result "На Хорото (in Bulgarian) or The Dance".

The urban installation of 2 walking man, was "inviting" us to join the walk and we couldn't skip the silent "invitation". Life is a long path and during the way you should remain "playful" and keep playing with Life - this should make the way easier. The picture reminds also of the Bulgarian traditional dancing, where a group of people dance in a circle (maybe the circle of life - narodnitanci.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/razdeleno_hor...), which for me is not only a way to play with the movement of our bodies, but also a way to represent that we are a part of something bigger (community, society, uniververse) and we should hold together and act as one.

 

"Хоро" or Horo is a typical Bulgarian Folk dance. Such dances are intimately related to the music of Bulgaria. This distinctive feature of Balkan folk music is the asymmetrical meter, built up around various combinations of 'quick' and 'slow' beats. The music, in Western musical notation, is often described using compound meter notation, where the notational meter accents, i.e., the heard beats, can be of different lengths, usually 1, 2, 3, or 4. (source en.wikipedia.org)

 

The image is a Photoshop version - you can find the original picture here : www.flickr.com/photos/72736039@N07/6564711461/in/photostream

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Taken on September 13, 2007