August 2, 2010

This is not an Igorot dance

I am getting sick and tired of seeing people and organizations claiming again and again that they know how to do an Igorot dance. They put on g-strings, place feathers on their hairs, move to the beats of a gong and voila they are dancing the Igorot dance. Or so they think. Watch the following video for instance.

This is not an Igorot dance at all. This is an Igorot dance murdered to the very bones. It is alright to interpret an Igorot dance into something else but the interpreter must note and inform the audience that it isn't an Igorot dance but merely an interpretation of it. Because people who are just being introduced to the culture will think that what they're seeing is the real thing when in fact it's so far away from it.

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1 comment:

  1. nagpalit dapat sila ng costume and it could be mistaken for a maranao dance! hahaha