Kopachkata, a social dance from the village of Dramche,…North Macedonia
Representative List 2014
EN: "Ezgija" - opening rintro with drums performance. A position where the drums are one upon another and on top stands the youngest drummer looking in the distant horizon to see whether the dancers are coming to the dancing place.
EN: "Buying the drummer". After forming the main body of the dance line, the master (oldest) drummer comes in front of the leading dancer in the line, who pays the drummer for the performance that follows.
EN: "Shetanicata" (walking figure). Starting the dance with the light slow steps, according the beat of the drum.
EN: "Sitnoto" (small steps figure). The dance continues after the change to the second part of the drum beat with small steps of the dancers.
EN: "Prefrlachkata" (crossing legs figure) when the left foot is swiftly switched over the right foot and the dancers speed up the dance to its climax.
EN: "Kopachkata" (digging figure). The fastest and most dynamic figure, where the dancers jump to the right leg and stand firmly on it while the left foot is repeatedly hitting the ground and digging the sand under their feet.
EN: "Female performance of Kopachka". Women dancing with the sound of the fiddle during a public gathering ceremony in the village of Dramche.
EN: "Kopnuvanje" (digging figure). The Kopachka performance at a satellite broadcast program on national television.
EN: The form-up line of Kopachka, in front of the young drummers (new members of the folk dance group) as contemporary interaction between generations.
EN: The tradition continues...the speech for the youngsters to know and to keep the knowledge for their dance tradition