TINKU, in the language of Aymara means “Bringing to the hands, a physical
attack by both parties, the encounter of two bands of people or armies.
The Tinku dance is a representation of an Andean tradition where a battle
between two groups is simulated. This Festive Tinku is a dance that carries a
Tinku is always present in the major festivals and parades of Bolivia.
The dance movements are exhaustive, at times the dance position is bent
down at the waist, and the arm and hand gestures provoke fighting just as the
ritual of their origin
TOBAS the dance, is a figurative representation of the tribes originating
from "El Chaco Boliviano". Even prior to colonial times, the Andean Culture and
the Amazonian Culture had a relationship based on domination and resistance.
The Quechuan armies during their incursions throughout the Amazonian
zones, took as prisoners savages called "Ch'unch"us". The arrival of these
orientals (Tobas) to the occidental region; inspired the Quechua's and the
Aymara's to create the dance.
The Tobas dance is a special representation of energy - a singular dance with
jumps performed by the dancers to impress the audience. This unique dance
during religious and other festivities as well as the Oruro Carnival. Not only do
you need a good
physique ,but a lot of stamina and energy.
The dance steps have special names:
- Bolivar (quick with regular jumps)
- Camba (very agile, one meter high jumps)
- Chucu-chucu (with a faster rhythm on the feet amusing to the audience)
The typical Tobas costume:
The head gear is entirely made of feathers and decorated with jewels. The
skirt and top made of colorful fabrics decorated with beads and fringes on the
bottom. Sheep's hoofs are sewed onto fabric to be worn around the ankles
along with an anklet and wrist bracelet made of feathers as well.
The spear or hatchet represent the hunting practices.
The dances that BOLIVIAMANTA presents are carnival dances,
which are performed particularly in the city of Oruro-Bolivia. Unlike
other carnivals around the world, the “Carnaval de Oruro” has a deep
religious concept linked to the devotion of the “Virgin Del Socavon”
and “Pachamama” or Mother Earth. Each dance is traditional, has a
story to tell and a history
"Dance is an important part of who we are"
The MORENADA dance reflects the historical - cultural course from pre-
Columbian times up to contemporary times through the magnificence of the
In the 17th century, Morenada was registered as part of the Bolivian Andean
culture of that era. The dance depicts the duality between Aransaya and
Masqaya “those of above and those of below", representing the Aymaran
Morenada denotes an ideological interpretation of opulence, the economic
prosperity of the indigenous people; however on the other hand it satirizes the
suffering inflicted by the Spanish colonizers to the captive African in Bolivian
Boliviamanta not only presents an spectacular dance show, it presents a
piece of history of Bolivian culture and its people.
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The DIABLADA (Rebellion Dance)
Is the dramatized fight between San Miguel Arch Angel and Candelaria Virgin in
front of the devils and Satan's has a double interpretation.
In a Christian sense; it would result being the exponent of the seven capital
sins of the court of "Luzbel rebel Prince". However, the dance is a satirical
demonstration to the conquistadors.
The diablada implicates the rebellion of the miner "mitayo" disguised as a
devil to act against his oppressors (the conquistadors). The mitayo would use
the religious dance for expressing his anxiety of freedom and the struggle for
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2010 Tribute - Bolivia's Independence Day
Puhjllay (The second defeat of evil) the dance is native to the department of
Chuquisaca capital of Bolivia, city of Sucre province Tarabuco and Yamparaez.
Legends say that each year, during the month of March in this locality, the good
souls of the guerrillas Carillo y Calizaya are invoked with a thunderous dance to
The dance integrates different ancient festivities; the carnival in Tarabuco
known as "pujllay" yampara, keeps its folkloric essence almost without any
change expressed in its heavy dancing, its melancholic tone of music and the
solitary singing of the peasant who tries to express his love for a maid