Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Echu Alabbony Dances Babalú-Ayé in Juanelo, Ciudad Habana




Check out this video of the young people of Juanelo dancing Babalú-Ayé in a folkloric performance. The opening scene shows the dancer rising up like the oricha. Later, he dances with a crippled leg and two jaces to clean himself.  He presumably enacts possession, as people call "Aso!"

The other dancers capture the subtle body movements, transforming from stiff to confident in their movements.

Notice that a dog just happens through.

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