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"Scissors Dance"

The Scissor Dance (Danza de las Tijeras)
 

The Peruvian Scissor Dance (Danza de las Tijeras) is an ancient tradition from the Andean mountains of Peru, blending both Catholic and pre-Columbian religions. The main instrument accompanying the dance is a pair of scissors, usually made up of two independent metal rods. From the outsider’s point of view, the dance is a spectacular manifestation of art and physical dexterity, but for the native Andean communities of Peru it has much deeper significance. It is a complex and mysterious ritual that serves to demonstrate the cultural richness and vitality of their land. Scissors only function in so far as two elements come together; they only cut if two blades join. Every rupture, therefore, forms a new conjunction of forces. The dance is a power source, converting natural or divine energy into mechanical and aesthetic energy. The dancer is a transformer, channeling energy from above to below; a point of intersection at which the natural, the divine, the human and the industrial meet. This captivating and original dance is performed at its best in Ayacucho, Apurímac, Arequipa, the Ica highlands, Huancavelica and Lima. You might even experience a taster for free one evening in Kennedy Park (Parque Kennedy), Miraflores, Lima (only 10 minutes walk from El Sol).

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