WATCH: Estonian Mendance Festival THREE

Estonian Mendance Festival (Press photo)
6/5/2015 1:11 PM
Category: Culture

Have you ever seen thousands of men dance together in one place? Estonian men? Now is your chance. You can watch the third Estonian Mendance Festival again here.

Just about 3,500 men performed 32 dances especially choreographed for the third installment of the Estonian Mendance Festival that took place in Rakvere on June 6-7.

The number of the festival, THREE, on one hand embodies the three uniting aspects of the essence of humanness - body, souls and spirit - and on the other hand, when turned sideways, reads as the letter M, the initial of the word man, or mees in Estonian.

Watch Sunday evening's performance again. The concert starts 16 minutes into the video.

"What is so special about the third Mendance Festival is that all the dances and music are created for this event," said the main choreographer of the dance festival Maie Orav. "The team behind the music, Helikond, includes many well-known popular Estonian artists, such as Karl-Erik Taukar, Marten Kuningas, Jaan Pehk, Daniel Levi, Maarja Nuut, and other great musicians. The outcome shows the consistency and commitment of them bringing the music to a whole new level."

The festival included boys and men from all age groups and walks of life. In addition to schoolboys and experienced folk dancers, there were two special dance group categories involved this time: one consisting of proactive men who have not danced before and the other of actors.

The Estonian Mendance Festival, a spin-off of Estonian Dance Festival, held alongside Estonian Song Festival once every five years, first took place in 2006.

The second Estonian Ladies Dance Festival will take place a year from now, on June 12, 2016.

M. Oll

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