Oruro Carnival Dances

The Oruro Carnival is a festivity that was born from the ancestral ritual of adoration of the Urus gods and also of the Candelaria Virgin (Socavon Virgin) during the colinial times. The traditional Carnival festivity generates 18 marvelous dance expressions that nowadays are performed during the folkloric entrance.

La Diablada

The Diablada is a dance that originally comes from Oruro and is a material representation of a deep religious inspiration. Filmy-Mantra This inspiration began with the discovery of the miraculous image of the Virgin Candelaria in the shelter of a famous thief called Nina Nina, probably in the 18th Century. The Oruro miners decided to declare said Virgin as the Patron Saint of the workers and to dance disguised as devils precisely to avoid provoking the anger of the mine’s “Tio” (Uncle). The choreography of the Diablada represents the struggle between good and evil and the defeat of the seven deadly sins. This dance is performed in all the artistic and folk expressions of Bolivia and particularly in Oruro during the Carnival time.

Kantu

The kantu dance is one of the most important dances in La Paz small towns, MusicFocus and is performed during the Oruro Carnival as well. The music and dance are characterized by ceremonial melodies and therefore attached to different kallawayas rituals. The Kantu dance is basically a couple dance, but single dancers can also participate. The movements and dance steps are similar to the movements of the kataris (snakes). The most important Kantu dance group is the Kantus Sartananis.

La Morenada

The morenada dance mocks white men, who are depicted leading imported African slaves. Some highly embroidered and colorful costumes imitate pre-Columbian dresses. It is also one of the most popular highland dances, party-worldwide performed also during the Oruro Carnival. La Morenada was inspired by the sufferings of the African slaves brought to Bolivia in order to work in the Silver Mines of Potosi. The enormous tongue of the dark masks is meant to represent the physical state of these mine workers and the rattling of the “Matracas” is frequently associated with the sound of the slave chains.

Tobas

The Tobas dance is a special representation of energy – a singular dance with impressive jumps performed by the dancers to impress the audience. This unique dance is performed during religious and other festivities as well as the Oruro Carnival. The women and men dance tobas in separate blocks with special costumes made with feathers and colorful fabrics. The Tobas use a skirt, a small poncho and large feathered turbans. SoundsLikeThis The dance steps have special names: Bolivar (quick with regular jumps); camba (very agile, one meter high jumps); chucu-chucu (with a faster rhythm that amuse the audience, in the foot tips, almost in the knees); and the cullahui jump.

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