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Bricolage - Assembling New Traditions

This advisory committee was created to offer assistance to Basque organizations that are seeking to adopt/redefine/inaugurate a signature community ritual event fusing traditional Basque attributes with local characteristics and context.

Bri-co-lage. –noun, [bree-kuh-lah-zhiz]. A construction made of whatever materials are at hand; something created from a variety of available things.

The advisory committee aims to offer advice to those interested in doing something with dance? something with music? something with the arts? etc. to create a unique Basque community event.

Advisory Board

This group of advisors aims to provide the means to follow through on what Gloria Lejardi said at a dance workshop: "If I know better, then I can do better." Each volunteer advisor has particular expertise and all are accomplished visionaries. This group can be a sounding-board for those communities that are interested in developing something as a signature community ritual event fusing traditional Basque attributes with local characteristics and context.

Juan Antonio Urbeltz Juan Antonio Urbeltz (Donostia, Gipuzkoa)
CHAIRPERSON
Folklorist
Ikerfolk
Director - Argia Dantzari Taldea
Juan Antonio has played a leading role in the world of Basque dance and culture for a generation.

Oier AraolazaOier Araolaza (Eibar, Bizkaia)
Anthropologist
Dantzan.com creator and webmaster
Kezka dantza taldea
Originator and Member - Guild of Sword Dancers of Our Lady of Arrate
presented the concept of Bricolage at 2011 Dance Leaders' Summit 

Inaki Arregi Iñaki Arregi (Andoain, Gipuzkoa)
Ikerfolk
Dance Master - Argia Dantzari Taldea
Member - Guild of Sword Dancers of Our Lady of Arrate
Iñaki for years has worked with Basque dance providing numerous workshops & direction for many groups.

Jexux Larrea Jexux Larrea (Donostia, Gipuzkoa)
Ikerfolk
Dance Master - Argia Dantzari Taldea
Member - Guild of Sword Dancers of Our Lady of Arrate
Jexux has traveled here to provide workshops as well teaching at NABO's Udaleku.

Lisa CorcosteguiLisa Corcostegui, Ph.D. (Reno, Nevada)
Anthropologist (Dissertation on Basque Dance)
Zenbat Gara Dantzari Taldea, Cyberdantza Web
Member - Guild of Sword Dancers of Our Lady of Arrate
Ontario's Mikel Deuna Celebration originator
Research and practical experience in all facets of Basque dance

Father FaucherThomas W. Faucher (Boise, Idaho)
Roman Catholic Priest
Pastor: St. Mary's Parish
Liturgical Expert
Fr. Tom has earlier provided guidance for liturgical dance and its proper place and context in church events.

Pierre IgoaPierre Igoa (Bakersfield, California)
Graphic Artist
Basque musician
Basque artist

Pierre has worked with various factes of Basque arts including painting, and is accomplished in playing trumpet.


A Signature Event for your Basque Community

Perhaps your Basque community is considering developing a unique ritual, something that will meld elements of Basque tradition with local characteristics or features, that will serve as a signature event. This committee can serve as a resource in helping to develop something distinctive and meaningful.

What is ritual? Broadly, it is an action or series of actions with intentional symbolic meaning that is performed for a specific cultural purpose and that reinforces community bonds. Rituals can both reflect and bring about a firm sense of group identity.

Towns in the Basque Country each have their own unique ritual usually associated with a patron saint's feast day, Ihauteria, or Saint John's day, etc. The elements that form part of the ritual are unique to that town: groups in a procession, choreography, costumes, characters, etc. Over the centuries, these rituals have come to be strong identity markers and are a source of pride and solidarity of each town.

For various reasons, a ritual can be historically interrupted and fall into disuse, or a new community can arise with a need for its own ritual. A well-thought-out newly-created ritual can become tradition surprisingly quickly as its symbolic elements coalesce and reach the community on a deep non-verbal level.

Creating this kind of ritual, however, should not be taken lightly. To be succesful and respectful of Basque culture in general a broad knowledge of Basque culture and folklore is fundamental. That is why we have assembled the advisory board to provide guidance.

If you are interested in pursuing a new tradition for your community think about:

Examples

Below are some examples of new traditions from the Basque Country and the Untied States:

Eibar, Gipuzkoa: Arrateko Ezpata Dantza
Arrate
Video: http://www.dantzan.com/bideoak/arrate-2011

Iruña (Pamplona): San Fermin Aldapakoaren Ezpata Dantza
Iruna
Video: http://www.dantzan.com/bideoak/irunea-san-fermin-aldapakoa-2011-ezpata-dantza

Some American examples:

Boise, ID: St. Ignatius Mass
Boise
Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O-fumKoiV5w

Chino, CA: Besta Berri Celebration
Chino
Video from Heleta: http://www.dantzan.com/bideoak/heleta-besta-berri-2007

Ontario, OR - Mikel Deuna Celebration:
Ontario, OR
Miguel Deunaren Celebration Facebook Album

Potential creation: A soka-dantza or some sort of ritual for NABO officers and delegates to be performed at the annual Convention.
Soka Dantza

 


American Jazz (Brubeck) melded with English Morris Dance: Youtube.com/watch?v=PnZZlEEyJ8c

 

 

Dantzan.com

 

Orson Welles