When you visit Peru you may very well have the privilege of witnessing the iconic traditional Danza de Tijeras, or scissors dance.
Filmmaker Mitch Teplitsky has just relaunched the new and improved Web site for his documentary Soy Andina, the award-winning story about cultural reawakening through dance.
There’s a lively debate about the origins of the Marinera, and several contrasting schools of thought. It’s not surprising that everyone in Peru wants to claim a slice of the country’s most popular dance. It’s a dramatic and romantic paired dance, with the couple making sweeping gestures, showing off the white traditional costumes of Peru’s north coast. Watch this clip from the documentary Soy Andina, which travels through Peru, explaining the country’s diverse regional cultures through the story of two dancers.
Sharing the ¾ time signature of the Viennese waltz, the Peruvian version also plays on themes of love and loss, but as this video shows, both the music and the steps have a more vigorous, staccato style than the traditional European dance.