The traditional Dimotiko dance of Epirus Greece

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The Dimotiko is a traditional dance of Epirus that was created by the Greeks in 1821 for festivals and weddings too. These dances were played by four important instruments in the Epirus region of Greece: The clarinet, violin, laouto,and the ntefi, these are the instruments that are used for playing the traditional dimotiko dance.

The clarino(clarinet)

The instrument Clarino as the Greeks call plays a very important role in the Traditional dance as it keeps the sound going. The clarino was a very much used instrument in the greek-ottoman war for celebrating every time they use to defeat the turks one by one at the greek mountains. Still today in the region of Epirus Greece the clarino is still used for festivals and other dances, many of the villages have a lot of people who know how to play the clarino and teach others how to play it too Here is a link of a clarino playing.

The violin

The violin is another instrument that plays an important role in the traditional dance of Epirus. The violin in the dance gives off the sound that makes it more heavy in the dance, many of the people of Epirus learn how to play the violin in a very young age and then participate in the festivals with other musicians. The violin has its own unique sound in the traditional music, here is a link of a violin.

The laouto

The laouto is a magnificent instrument that makes itself known right away ones it plays in the traditional music. The laouto is a very old instrument too it goes all the way back to the 1821 war and further back too from the people living in the mountains of Epirus Greece. The laouto became popular later on in Epirus and the island of Crete and especially today many teenagers and elderly play the laouto enough in many festivals here is a link for the laouto.

the ntefi

The ntefi in Greek music comes in three different sizes in any traditional dance. the small size is mostly played in the belly dance which the Egyptians gave to the Greeks. The middle size one is played in the island music that is called nisiotikos xoros it is music that is only played in the islands of Greece. And last the big size one is played in the traditional heavy Dimotiko tragoudi that is played in the region of Epirus Greece. The ntefi in the music keeps the beat going steady for the dancers in the dance, the ntefi is a unique instrument especially in the greek culture because it is played not only in the Epirus region but in the islands too, that is why there are three kinds of ntefia (sizes). Here is a link about the ntefi.

The Greek Dimotiko and traditional costumes of Epirus

The Greek dimotiko dance of Epirus is one of the most historical and traditional dances in history. The costumes are very mountain like for the men and women of Epirus especially northern Epirus that has a lot of mountains and there are many villages that make the costumes themselves. The costume of the man is called the foutanela, and its history goes all the way back to 1821 when the mountain people of Greece tricked the Turks with hiding the guns under the foustanela, after that the traditional foustanela became the Greek costume of Greece and it is used for festivals, dances and even when they dress up for 25th of March independence day to celebrate the Greek independence. The dance is called the Tsamiko which is a hard dance because it requires a lot of steps the steps go like this: one,two,three lift the foot in the air and one,two back lift the foot in the air, that is how the people of Epirus dance in the mountain regions, it is a wonderful dance with magnificent history behind it.


Dimotika, Epirus Dance

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
26th Jul 2013 (#)

marvellous piece this thank you Anastasia..

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