The Oruro Carnival (Bolivia)
The little town of Oruro in Bolivia is completely dedicated to its famous carnival, nominated World Heritage of Humanity it was a former mining town but now is the theatre, once a year, of the most traditional and renowned of the Bolivian carnivals. They came from all the world to see the thousands dancers come and go through the streets with the rhythm of the fanfares.
The ambience is unique, extraordinary and the fervor of the audience is the same as the dancers for whom every day is an honor to dance in Oruro.
The origin of the carnival is a perfect example of the syncretism between the Andean pre-Hispanic tradition and the catholic religion. If the vision of the entrance to the carnival of Oruro is a fascinating and spectacular, it nevertheless its full meaning is only through the religious, traditional and mythological, and in all the different ritual that accompany top of the iceberg, the Entrance, the famous parade of dancers fraternities, Saturday carnival…
The carnival and its many dances are ruled by a set of rules that are very difficult for a tourist to understand, and the carnival itself follows a particular rhythm where nothing is left to chance.
If the popular fervor is amazing in the Oruro carnival, the dancers and their costumes are no less than that. Every year there are hundreds of artisans who work all year to renew completely the thousands of costumes and masks of the dancers.
The majority of Bolivian dances express the native community rebellion against the Spanish conquerors who stated, in the early days of conquest, the resource exploitation as a system of governance and domination over the Indians on behalf of Spanish crown.
The first folk groups give to their choreographies a strong sense ideological caricaturing the conquerors.
But the dance that it follows and has the most realistic of the colonial era is the dance of the Incas, which has characters such as King Atahualpa Inca, Francisco Pizarro, Diego de Almagro and is furiously thinking about the history of the last Inca King, Manco Kapac. It is a dance tribute to the Sun and the Moon.
Other dances claim traditional values and are a tribute to the relationship between people and the world around them (Nature).
Finally, a third group of dances is characteristic of the evolution of the Oruro Carnival itself, and express the realities of modern Bolivian society.
To discover absolutely!!!