KLOFF in Vesteralen, Norway

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Artist-in-Residency programme

by Sortland Kulturfabrikken, Nordland Fylkeskommune, Goethe Institut Norway.

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Performance "Silent Songs of the Wind"

with children from the Cultural School Sortland and their parents,
(folk)dancing together





Rhythm: even, ¾

Music: live. Music accompanies the dance, dancers are in dialogue with musician(s)
Typical instruments: fele (4 strings fiddle). Sometimes (more rare) accordeon


Spacial arrangement: continuous move counter-clockwise in a circle. 



Steps: bouncing, fast triplet steps, accent on the first one (down-up-up), almost running.

Steps are quick and light. 3: heavy-light-light.

Feet: heels a bit up. 
Legs: continuous steps.

Torso: straight

Arms: holding hands, for turns arms go up, arm movements when partners move around each other, changing the grip

Head: no specific head positions. Looking straight or at a partner. 


Quality: bouncing, a bit jumpy, almost running steps. More in the air.
A woman has less a following role, roles are interchangeabel. dance has a playful character, flirtation, playing with each other. 

Mimetic actions: no

Specials (female «tricks»): spinning-turns.




Name: nordlandsbunad

Skirt: long, pleated wool skirt, green or blue (green – inland, blue – coast)
Lofoten – drakt (not approved as a bunad).

Apron: made from wool, linen or calico. 
! Jacket/poncho: for colder times (special for nothern Norway)

Bodice: made of wool, silk or plush. The bib can be decorated using embroidery, applique, beads, ribbons and lace. Flowers represent the flora in the north
Blouse: white with long spacy sleeves. 

Headdress: cap / piece of decorated fabric / folded silk kerchief

Hairstyle: indicator of female marital status. Unmarried – hair is wrapped in a band and tied up in a circle at the crown of her head.

Shoes: flat shoes. Black





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