Rørosmartnan is the 160-year-old indoor/outdoor winter market/festival in the tiny, ancient mining town of Røros in Norway. There's lots of music and dancing. On Tuesday the traditional horse-drawn sleighs full of visitors and goods arrived from across the mountains to parade through the opening ceremony, and the fun continues until Saturday.
We're invited to "virtually" attend one of the parties on Friday night!
How? The excellent band Dalakopa, which includes Minnesotan ethnomusicologist Mary Barthelemy, is having some techie friends do a live stream via Internet of the music & video from their performance at a big all-night party. 1-4AM Norway time, 7-10PM our time. Suitable for playing through a sound system and projecting on the wall for a unique dance party here. They'll be playing lots of Rørospols, Reinlender, Waltz, and other Gammaldans--easy dances, lots of fun.
>>>YEP, LIVE AUDIO FROM THE PARTY IN RØROS WILL BE PLAYED THROUGH OUR SOUND SYSTEM, AND LIVE VIDEO WILL BE PROJECTED ONTO THE WALL. LAST YEAR IT DIDN'T TAKE MUCH IMAGINATION TO FEEL AS IF WE WERE THERE. OH, YEAH!!
Last year we in DC area plus 3 other groups in North America are taking part: Chicago (coordinators), New Jersey (near NYC), and Vancouver, BC.
Skyping among the locations here and in Norway is possible, too--so we can see what's happening and say hi to folks. If you have a laptop that you use to Skype, and it can talk to the Internet without needing hosts' WiFi (which may be too busy with the streaming audio/video), please contact Linda & Ross ahead of time. The Røros folks plan to have a laptop with a webcam, which those running the show will have dibs on to handle technical details; it's expected to be available for chatting, too. Folks who know about these things are looking into what's feasible vis-a-vis bandwidth, etc.
Thanks to Bruce Carlsen of the Chicago Leikaringen (Norwegian Dancers), who had the original idea of visiting the fest via Skype, and all the others who are helping to make this happen.
WHERE: Linda and Ross have generously offered their home dance studio and equipment. 3600 T St, NW, Washington, DC 20007. Directions on our Directions page.
WHEN: Friday, 2/22/13. Live feed from Røros is 7-10pm. (Don't arrive before 6:30--local street parking is 2 hrs only until 8:30pm and is enforced.)
PRICE: No price was mentioned. There may be a basket out for donations toward expenses.
BRING FOOD: If it's not inconvenient for you coming from work or whatever, please bring some party food for the table.
ALSO BRING: Dance shoes and a sense of adventure. No need to bring a partner, but bring a friend to share the fun if you can.
NEWBIES: will be "welcomed, encouraged, and assimilated," as usual. You'll be able to do some of the dances. Really. And the music will be great.
FOR MORE INFO: Contact hosts Linda & Ross, 2o23332826.
WEB LINKS from various sources, incl Cathie Springer (thanks!), who sez: See what the Rørosmartnan festival is all about. Click on the following photos & videos, check out the articles, some of which have English language versions. [Bilder = photos; les mer = read more]
First, the English version of the Rørosmartnan website's main page, incl history of the festival:
Promo video with many scenes of the Rørosmartnan; note don't click on "English version," just click on the arrow to play video:
News article in Norwegian, with video at top you can click on:
Photo series from same news service, showing lots of dancing, Selbu sweaters, antique Røros skirts, and other keep-warm get-ups--and maybe some familiar faces....
Click on the video here that says "Hesteinnmarsien" to see 80 antique horse-drawn sleds arrive during the opening ceremonies--Cathie sez "You don't have to travel to Røros to see crowds and snow and hear the ringing bells and a tune we all know!!!" There are also a bunch of themed photo series; "Bilder fra Martnasapningen" is pix of the opening, with many of the sleds.
Dalakopa band's website, myspace page, and a couple of YouTube videos:
Røros tourist-board type info, in English:
Well, that's all. See you in Røros on Friday??
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