Act4Art ROMANIA

Act4Art ROMANIA

Beautiful pagan rituals. The leader of the group is Ruxandra Chelaru.

A group of six girls combining acting and dance with unique performative arts, rooted in the pagan traditions and religion of the Oltenia region. The show merges two rituals - Paparudę and Drăgaicę - closely associated with prayers for fertility and prosperity. On the third Tuesday after Easter is the rain ritual - Paparuda. The girls are dressed in long-sleeved shirts, adorned with lilac flower and leaves, waving them in order to induce rainfall: they attract "sister clouds". The dancers visit every house in the village, and every housewife is obliged to the symbolic personification of contact with the water goddess - Paparudę and her retinue. Drăgaica is a celebration associated with the summer solstice, the longest day of the year. The ritual dance, designed to provide protection for fully-grown plants, especially wheat, is performed by a group of girls dressed in white, with beautiful wreaths adorned with flowers of goldenrod.

fot. Maciej Marigelski