Pretty masques’ circle dance

A chain dance with swords or handkerchiefs makes up an integral part of the Lastovo Carnival custom. It is organised around a group of male or female dancers who perform simple three-step dance moves, forming various geometrical shapes. Female dancers are mutually connected with handkerchiefs, so that one dancer holds one end and the next dancer holds the other end of a handkerchief. Dance theorists interpret handkerchiefs as substitutes for swords (provided that there is a structural-spatial scheme of basic dance forms, characteristic of all chain dances with swords). Chain dances, both with swords and with handkerchiefs, used to be guild dances, which is why they are mainly performed by men. Lastovo’s pretty masques’ chain dance is unique for being exclusively female.

Pretty masques’ circle dance is a chain dance with handkerchiefs performed by pretty masques on Shrove Tuesday only, in the village of Lastovo. It consists of four dance figures with repetitions. The figures are very similar to those of a male circle dance, but they are adjusted to a performance with handkerchiefs.

From: The Lastovo Carnival: an ethnochoreological study by Iva Niemčić, Zagreb, 2011

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Panorama Lastova i Poklad na uzi, ožujak 2011. (foto: Stjepan Tafra)Lastovo

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