Breakdance and Capoeira
In the eighties, American kids generated acrobatic breakdance and electric boogie; capoeira is equally as acrobatic. An originally Brazilian dance and combat sport, it combines movement, song and music. 010 Bboyz conducted a workshop and presented an acrobatic breakdance, followed by the performance of Flavio Grilo and his group of capoeirist. De Nazaten van Prins Hendrik provided the public with music with a Surinam touch: kaseko, calypso, kwela and beguine.
Language, folklore, music and religion of the Yoruba from Nigeria combined with the Spanish Catholic culture of Cuba. Music played and danced to on bata drums, shekeres and maracas still play an important role in the devotion to the gods of the Yorubo. Maria Betancourt Romero performed spiritual Afro-Cuban dances. Marijke de Braal en Marijn van Veen presented tap dancing and gumboot. Afrekete and Bayaba Cante made sure it was a festive dance evening.
A Surinam Winti ritual, during which people dance and sing, is a lengthy undertaking. During the ritual, the Wintis (gods) of, say earth and forest, are invoked. Every Winti has its own special dance, song and rhythm. Marian Markelo and the dancers and musicians of her group Afu Sensi demonstrated the dances of the Wintis of earth, water and forest. In the afternoon Andre Mosis conducted a workshop with a lecture on Surinam dance. The musicians of Afu Sensi created a groovy party ‘till midnight.
Hindu and Spanish dance
In Kathak all the movements are precisely outlined, while in flamenco the dancer can improvise, yet both dance styles share the same roots. Coming to Southern Europe, Indian gypsies brought the rhythmic footwork of the Kathak. Abhimanyu Lal, the virtuoso Kathak dancer from India, opened the evening with a workshop, after which he and flamenco dancer Yvette de Groot danced an exciting duel in which the roots of both dances were revealed. The Drhoeh Nankoe ensemble, together with Flamenquito provided the dance party.