After the Opening Ceremony of the 2015 Folklife Festival, 100 Cajoneros—an ensemble of Peruvians living in the United States—welcomed the Perú: Pachamama program to the National Mall.
One of the origin theories behind Marinera dance is the story of a soldier who, when riding through a village in coastal Peru, noticed a beautiful young woman. The soldier’s flirtation with her from astride his horse is reflected in the Marinera with Peruvian Paso horses. Known for their delicate and … Continue reading Marinera Dance with Peruvian Paso Horses
During the first Festival Community Day at the 2015 Festival, Peruvian dancer Steve Cotaquispe, who was born in Ayacucho, came from New York to present the danza de las tijeras—the scissors dance. Traditionally, two to four dancers perform, keeping rhythm with two piece of metal in the shape of scissors and … Continue reading Dancing with Scissors: La Danza de las Tijeras
The members of Afro-Peruvian dance group Tutuma use their feet as percussion instruments with tap-like zapateado steps that have evolved from the historical dance traditions of enslaved Africans in Peru. Editing: Brian Hart Filmography: Marisol Medina-Cadena, Claudia Romano, Stephen Kolb, and LaQuinda Grimes
Amazonian painter Brus Rubio creates abstract scenes of Huitoto-Bora myths, local stories, and songs in addition to singing and playing the manguaré, a pair of drums made from tree trunks. Production and Editing: Claudia Romano Filmography: Pruitt Allen
The Opening Ceremony for the 2015 Folklife Festival was held on June 24 in the National Museum of the American Indian’s Rasmuson Theater. The event featured a few of the visiting performance groups representing the Perú: Pachamama program, plus speakers from the Smithsonian, the National Park Service, American and Peruvian embassies, and … Continue reading Video: Opening Ceremony Highlights
The evening concert series of the 2015 Festival kicked off with singer Eva Ayllón. Ayllón began singing and dancing as a young girl in Lima, carrying on traditions of Afro-Peruvian music: the combination of Andean, Spanish, and African influences, characterized by spirited rhythms. Her impressive international career has earned her … Continue reading Video: Eva Ayllón