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New Moves Are Created By Hands Of Friendship

Submitted by root on Fri, 06/22/2012 - 19:44

Couples playing the gameIt looks like the most friendly of rituals. 

All the players are in a circle, dancing to drumming. 

From time to time the rhythm changes and two players then emerge from the circle to walk (or dance) their way to the centre where they mount a rostrum and greet each other with a hand-greeting of their own devising.  The hand-greeting is repeated three times. 

This game was performed as part of African Routes 2 with all the players wearing African costumes. Partners had prepared for the game by creating hand-greetings "which look and feel so good that everyone would like to greet their friends that way". 

sally Morris and Menelek practising their hand greetingSteve Malrooney and Rhama Kingfisher practising their hand greeting

Above pictures of people practising their hand greetings

After each hand-greeting the two players resume their place in the circle and dancing and drumming resumes.  When the rhythm changes again two other players emerge and mount the rostrum for another (and different) hand-greeting.

Players in costume performing their hand greetingsPlayers in costume performing their hand greetingsPlayers in costume performing their hand greetingsPlayers in costume performing their hand greetings

Above pictures of playera performing their what were quite complex hand greetings

The game continues until all the players have mounted the rostrum to perform their hand-greetings.  Sighted players are later able to view their hand greetings, which have been videorecorded, on a TV monitor.