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Cultural contingents’ performances dazzle AWG 2006

Posted: Saturday, March 11, 2006

 

  Yamal dancer Anastasia Vordeva performs during one of the many Arctic Winter Games cultural performances held during the week. Photo By Brett Encelewski

Yamal dancer Anastasia Vordeva performs during one of the many Arctic Winter Games cultural performances held during the week.

Photo By Brett Encelewski

The Arctic Winter Games continued its tradition of honoring the cultures of the circumpolar peoples involved by producing cultural performances throughout the week.

The programs have featured performers from all nine cultural contingents attached to the various teams. The events have been a spectacular way to celebrate the diversity and commonality of cultures by introducing people to the traditional performing arts of Northern societies.

Some of the performances are a blend of traditional and modern art forms, while many focus on preserving and sharing time-honored songs and narratives.

Max Fjelstad, Culture & Facilities manager—and primary producer of the events—is very proud of the program he put together for this year’s performances.

“I think a lot of people have been pleasantly surprised—it’s been awesome,” said Fjelstad.

Team Yamal, utilizing brilliantly colored and elegant costumes, has given short and graceful ballet-style performances in the interim between the primary performances.

Of particular fascination has been the Nunavut throat singers who pair off and use an amazing breathing technique to create a unique vocal form of music and oral tradition. The throat singing is a competition, each participant trying to outlast the other.

Team Greenland has astounded the crowd with spectacular performances. Sporting metal sculpture headpieces with Raven motifs, and elaborate costumes, the performers tell their Raven creation myth with narrative, song, dance, and a slideshow of vistas from across their homeland.

Final cultural performances and an awards ceremony will be held 7-9:30 p.m., today, at Kenai Central High School.



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