In 1984 with the aim of making it more potential
and embellishing. It’s work became directly dependent on the Provincial
Deputation of Orense, and since then it has called itself ‘CASTRO FLOXO’,
Association of Popular Dances of the Provincial Deputation of Orense.
To guaranthee the authenticity of the investigation
and transmission of galician folklore , mainly in the field of music and
popular dance, an investigation team is formed, which is advised by the
ethnographer and academic Xaquin Lorenzo, who looks over galician
geography to try and find some trace of our folklore which may still exist
in reality or remain in the memory of the old folks. All the material
which has been collected by this team is later conveniently sellected and
clasified and it is put away in an archive. This material is later studied
very carefully and incorporated into the group to be exhibited in it’s
performances. The wardrobe as well as the songs and popular dances which
form a part of it’s repertoire are a direct fruit of these
On the contrary to what people think, the songs and
popular galician dances offer a great variety and embellishment. There is
a slight tendency to identify galician folklore with ‘la muineira’, as
it is probably the most well known and most represented piece (dance). But
this is not so in reality. Galician folklore is Muineira, but not only
In all the performances
of CASTRO FLOXO, they try to give an image of the true galician
folklore in it’s authentic dimension, offering a variety of music and
popular dance: MUINEIRA, JOTA, PANDEIRADA, CARBALLESA, MAZURCA, ESPARABAN,
DANZA PROCESIONAL, DANZA GREMIAL, DANZA RITUAL.
The same thing happens with the popular galician
outfit; the models and colours are rich, offering an enormous range which
extenda from the most simple fatique outfit to the most adorned and rich
party dress. This variety of outfits is reflected in the wardrobe that
CASTRO FLOXO exhibits, always, in concordance with the dances they do.
Dances of work: Fatique outfits are made of
autochthonous materials, mainly wool and linen, and offer a great
selection of models and colours.
Dances: Elegant outfits which show the
characters of different areas in Galicia, made of good materials –cloth,
silk, damsk and velvet-. These are embroidered.
Processional D., Gremial and Ritual: Each one of
these dances are performed with it’s suitable wardrobe which in each
case possesses strange characteristics that make them into unique pieces.
At the moment, ‘CASTRO FLOXO’ represents the
maximum artistic exponent of the ‘County Dancing School’ of the County
Council of Orense.
A school that promotes, spreads and teaches our
most authentic traditions in the field of music and folk dances. It
constitutes an inexhaustable nursery of dancers with more than three
thousand pupils all over the County
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From the very first day our ‘Tuna’ could count
with very outstanding members who undertook the arduous task to set the
bases for what, after the destinies of life, full of adversities, wouls
become the ‘Tuna of Ingenious of Forestry’, a noble institution of
players and singers.
Step by step these squires of the noble art of
‘Buen Tunar’ travelled around the countries of God, until their talent
was finally recognized, after overcoming all kinds of calamities, by
several oficial institutions of the honourable art of
Before giving more details about ourselves, it
would be useful for you to get to know a bit more about the history of the
‘Tuna’ in general, as a noble institution belonging to the environment
of the university with many centuries of existence:
The ‘Tuna’ is a student tradition of the
Spanish universities. The first groups of this kind date back to the end
of the twelfth, beginning of the thirteenth century. Several university
students of this epoch decided to gather and dedicate themselves to
singing and playing in order to conquer the hearts of the beautyful young
ladies. These were enchanted by the sweet sound of the music coming from
the wooers’ lutes and other instruments, offering to the ‘minstrels’
not only their heart but sometimes even their vitue. We find this kind of
picaresque in the spanish novels of the ‘Siglo de Oro’
This tradition is continued nowadays in midst of
the twentieth century, therefore it is possible to recall those charming
fellows by watching the present students, who walk through the streets and
cities of Spain with their instruments and songs, dressed in the way of
those first characters. You can contemplate them moving by the light of
the melancolic moon, delighting the ears and hearts of many a beautyful
lady learning out of her balcony to hear the sounds of the ‘Ronda’
offered to her by the squires in the traditional way of the ‘Tuna’.
Melancolic songs, easy chants, romantic serenades,
nights full of joy, love to women, good wine, good viands as well as a
number of academic failures due to falling in love are some of the
features which describe this old and very noble students’ institution.