Kalajdžisko (Macedonia)


Kalajdžisko dance comes from the town of Titoveles in the Titoveles region. It depicts the Kalaigia or copper cleaners who travel from town to town to collect and clean the copperware of the “Celani” or villagers. This they do just before the fall holidays. The movement of both hands and feet symbolizes the Kalagla at work. There are two versions similar to each other but with different music. The 9/16 rhythm, so common in Macedonian song and dance, show the strong oriental influence assimulated from the Turks. The dance was done once mainly by men, but today can be seen done in performance by mixed groups of men and women in separate lines. No one knows for sure the time Kalalgisko was created, due to the unfortunate lack of interest in Macedonian culture to World War II. Presented by Atanas Kolorovski.
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