the weekly rehearsals we intend to reach a high level and we also aim at
getting a tight team in an agreable atmosphere.
The folk dance group Canteclaer consists of:
They are a composition, based upon traditional elements from our popular
culture, e.g. the spotted handkerchief, the apron, the working shirt. Very
special is the handmade bonnet with a rose pattern for the girls. The
costume is uniform and is completed for some performances with typical
accessories like the blue smock, yokes, caps, etc.
The dance program, that is mostly brought as a suite, consists of Flemish
dances. These dances are to be situated in the spheres of rites,
craftmanship or entertainment and are inspired by the seasons (spring,
harvest) or by crucial moments of life (birth, marriage).
partly traditional, partly recently created dances show a great variety in
tyle (courtdances, countrydances), tempo, figures, composition (men, women,
mixed), music and dancing accessories (sticks, swords, clogs).
performance can, when agreed in advance, be adapted to the needs or
opportunities, e.g. a festival program of twice twenty minutes or separate
dances that fill an entire evening.
Festival in Zwevegem. Every three years we organize our own folk dance
festival with the participation of three or four foreign groups under the
motto ‘The world in Zwevegem’. Canteclaer not only performed on inland
festivities or festivals (Schoten, Dendermonde) but was also an
appreciated guest in France(Rodez, Rennes, Libourne), Denmark (Horsens),
and Germany (Lorsch).
Our group is a member of the Flemish folk art movement V.V.K.B., a
coordinating organization of which the most important aim is the promotion
of Flemish folk art in all its aspects: dance, singing, flag-waving, as
well in our own country as abroad.
achieve this by:
V.V.K.B. is also intensively active on a european level with the ‘Europeade’.
This is a meeting of about 6.000 folklore artists from all over Europe
under the motto ‘Unity in variety’, This event takes place every year
in an different european city (Vienna, Antwerp, Munich, Valladolid, Turin,