A dance from Transylvania introduced in UNESCO patrimony

UNESCO approved the introduction un the world patrimony of one of the most interesting dances in Romania. This dance is Jocul Fecioresc (Fellows’ Dance) from Transylvania, a genuine initiatic ritual of ancestral origins.

“One of the group leaders conducts the group, while the second leads the dance. The attendants may be aged from 5 to 70 and may include Hungarian or Roma dancers besides Romanians, thus contributing to intercultural dialogue and social cohesion. Dancing helps young people to enforce their position in traditional communities, especially in girls’ eyes and of their families, to consider marriage”, the official press release issued by UNESCO announces.

The person who had had the vision to present the dance to UNESCO was a person from Cluj, Zamfir Dejeu, who works as a researcher for the Folklore Archive Institute of the Romanian Academy, while teaching as an associate professor to the “Gheorghe Dima” Music Academy, Romania Libera reports. He declared he has worked for several years at the file due to be submitted at UNESCO.
The researcher from Cluj explained for the quoted source which was the value that made this dance so special.

“First of all, it is the diversity. It is sort of an initiatic dance. In the old days, but now, as well, in the folklore dance ensembles organized in cities, the first dance young dancers are supposed to learn is the Fellow’s Dance. And then, if they know to dance the Fellows’ Dance, they are admired by girls, by their sweethearts, and they start to dance couple’s dances. The Fellows’ Dance in Romania has a different specifics: it focuses on tapping”, Zamfir Dejeu declared.

The list of Romanian elements in the UNESCO patrimony becomes increasingly consistent. Besides the reservation of the Danube Delta biosphere, there were also built elements introduced in the world patrimony, such as the Dacian Fortresses in Orastie Mountains, the Saxon fortified churches of Orastiei Mountains, the Saxon fortified churches of Southern Transylvania, the painted monasteries of Moldova, the wooden churches of Maramures, the old centre of the Medieval city of Sighisoara or Horezu monastery.

The immaterial patrimony of humanity also includes Doina, Calusul, the manufacturing techniques of Horezu pottery and the Men’s Groups Carols.

The latter was introduced in common by Romania and by the Republic of Moldova.

There is also a quite long list of proposals, that reunites destinations such as the old centres of the cities Sibiu and Alba Iulia, the church of Densus, the village Rimetea and many more.
Unfortunately, the files of candidacy are not always well handled. The poor management of certain requests has led to the rejections of the efforts made by Romanian authorities. The latest case of sad outcome concerned the Brancusi monument ensemble in Targu-Jiu.

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