DONOSTIA / SAN SEBASTIÁN
BRIEF INFORMATION ABOUT THE GROUP
The “Koruko Ama Birjinaren Eskola Dantza Taldea” was founded at the beginning of 1940 by Juan Urteaga. The first performance of the group took place during Easter Week of 1940, and that is why the 10th of April of that year is considered the official date of the foundation of the group.
During the early years, his dedication is exclusive to sacred music, performing during Easter Week and Christmas in the stage of Gran Kursaal. From the 50s the dance group began offering spectacles without the participation of the Chorus in many festivities and festivals.
During the following years continues to act by all the Basque Country, with sporadic international trips and especially starts to recover, with a hard investigation, our music and traditional dance, travelling to this virtually throughout the country, changing impressions and knowledge both with dance groups as individuals, learning the steps and rhythm of dance in their environment and origin with the aim of maintaining the culture of our country.
It is from 1983 when it raises the need to present the folklore popular giving it a character scenic with greater packaging, but maintaining the original roots. The creation of new choreographies following the tradition in this aspect of the group has distinguished Eskola from the rest of groups, obtaining the greatest successes both nationally and internationally.
Currently, Eskola is not the typical traditional folkloric group, because in our repertoire we combine traditional dances of folklore of Gipuzkoa, Bizkaia, Nafarroa and Xuberoa with choreographies based on legends, customs and traditional ways of Basque life. That is to say, in our shows we combine to perfection the gentiles and witches, the Basque fishers or the bombing of Gernika, with traditional dances of the seven provinces of the Basque Country. The show that brings together some 30 people between musicians and dancers is based on the colour, light and music, that make each show unique, leaving all viewers glued to their chairs.
Dances from Gipuzkoa
Gipuzkoa, a Province geographically situated in the centre of Basque Country, has a different style of dancing from its Basque sisters; a sober, elegant and carefully perfected style, requiring great technical and physical preparation. It includes long and short sword, stick, hoe and arch dances, as well as social, greeting and procession dances amongst others. Even if most of these dances were compiled by Juan Ignacio Iztueta in 1824, they date from much earlier periods, with 15th and 16th century influences.
Dances from Bizkaia
When talking about dances from Bizkaia, it is necessary to talk about the ones from the Commonwealth of Municipalities of Durango, which are generically known as Dantzari Dantza. This is a closed cycle that embraces nine dances with a common melodic base and a basic step.
Some of the most popular dances of the Basque Country are the so called Erromerias, which can be characterized as festive dances. Men and women dance together and create different figures based on popular and easy-to-perform steps. The dances of the Erromeria performed by Eskola are based on the traditional steps, but, following the tradition of the group, have been created as new and unique choreographies.
The choreographies that are represented in the performances have been specially designed for the group, and most of them are based in the Basque tradition, mythology and stories of their people. The creation of new choreographes and the scenic nature in the presentation of the dances are the most highlighted aspects of ESKOLA, achieving success, both nationally and internationally.
It is noteworthy that several groups of Euskal Herria as the Basque diaspora have danced choreographies performed by ESKOLA, even to classifying some of them within the popular tradition.
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ESKOLA DANTZA TALDEA
Aldapeta, 16 bis behea (Villa Esmeralda)
20009 Donostia (Gipuzkoa)