THE FOLKLORE AND ARTISTIC TROUPE OF DHALARISTAN

Supported by:

ecflogo

 

Concept:
Meyrick Kaminski

Production:
Meyrick Kaminski, Brina Stinehelfer /
Per Aspera Productions

Performance:
Meyrick Kaminski
Brina Stinehelfer
Nikolaus Schneider
Moss Beynon Juckes
Syrie Payne
Justin Beard
Francesca Romana Ciardi
Cavanna Hazelton
Fenia Kotsopoulou
Margarita Tsomou
Julia Hayes

 

DATES:

01.-09.05.2010 Vienna / Austria
09.-17.05.2010 Labin / Croatia
17.-27.05.2010 Novi Sad / Serbia
24.05.2010 Karneval der Kulturen,
Berlin / Germany
27.05.-06.06.2010 Skopje / Macedonia
06.-14.06.2012 Sofia / Bulgaria
14.-20.06.2010 Belgrade / Serbia
21.-27.06.2010 Veliko Tarnovo,
Bulgaria
27.06.-06.07.2010 Istanbul / Turkey

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The project was an exploration of culture and authenticity, and cultural identity, questioning ways of defining and labeling what we see as culture in an ever evolving and homogenizing (?) world.

The Folklore and Artistic Troupe of Dhalaristan is a small folkloric troupe, dedicated to the reinvestigation of the rituals and traditions of the Dhalarii people, who trace their contested origins to the north Caucasus. The Dhalar have long existed on a cultural fault-line between East and West. Since being scattered to the six winds in the Tsarist era, much of their traditional culture has been lost. In questioning the ephemeral nature of cultural authenticity and the political pressures that give it form, the troupe will allow insights into our own culture as viewers. Where is home and the place of origin in an ever more fragmented world?

The Troupe gathered a diverse group of participants to assist in the creation of folklore/traditions/customs that are the basis of our culture. This includes ritual, song, dance, artefacts, cuisine, costume, social traditions, and myth – anything that can define culture. The interview process, and collaboration with the Troupe, is the only precondition for membership. Anyone can become Dhalarii. Dhalaristan is a state that we create through collaboration.

The embassy wing of the Troupe toured their unique culture across Europe from May to July 2010.