Yorgenis “Yoyo” Danger García
25-26 May 2019
Foto: Sara Lüdtke
INTRODUCING A NEW CONCEPT! Together with one of our favourite dancers and teachers, Yorgenis Danger García we initiate a project where “Yoyo” will come back regularly to Stockholm to work intensively and methodically to build our theoretical knowledge and dance technique and skills. Instead of a regular workshop we will this time focus on three orishas – Eleggua, Yemayá and Oyá, to really go deep into the dance and work on essential elements in Yoruba – like torso and bounce, and of course the different rhythms, especially chachalukafun which very many students find it hard to master. We will also take time to study the theory behind the music, songs and dance.
Yoyo with his extensive knowledge, extraordinary pedagogical skills and great willingness to share his culture is a perfect guide on this adventure into the depths of the Yoruba world!
Saturday we start with Elegguá who owns all roads, crossroads and doors. Without his help nothing is possible. He is the messenger between heaven and earth, and is said to be present everywhere and at all times, watching us humans and all our actions. He is generally represented as a child, mischievous and playful. His colours are black and red, and in some cases black and white.
We go on with Yemayá, mistress of the sea, serious and powerful. Her dance represents the movements of the ocean, from calm and tranquil to huge waves hitting against the rocks. She is also the great mother figure, mother to all living things and her character is nurturing and protective. Her colours are different shades of blue with white and silver.
After that we will take the opportunity to concentrate on chachalukafun, with the ambition to help everybody master this tricky rhythm!
We finish the day with Oyá, a fierce and powerful female warrior. She keeps the gates of the cemetery and controls the dead. She is mistress of the storms and lightning (centellas) and dances wielding her black iruke and when she goes to war her machete.
Sunday we pick up where we left off, bearing in mind the motto of “repetition is the mother of all learning!” – repeating and perfecting what we achieved on Saturday and adding some new elements.
This will be huge learning experience, so take the chance to make the most of this opportunity! We strongly recommend you to take all classes or as many as you can, as we work concentrating on specific orishas, building from the base, widening and heightening our knowledge!
The workshops will be held as usual at DOCH, Brinellvägen 58, but without Euro Rumba Ashé this time. They will come back from time to time to add a bit of extra flavour!
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