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Ballet folklorique « Tupa Marka »

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Chile, an elongated country whose capital is Santiago, shares its borders withPeru to the north, theBolivia to the northeast andArgentina to the East. L'Easter island in the oceanPeaceful has been part of Chile since1888. Being present on three continents, South America,Oceania and Antarctica, Chile can be defined as a countrytri-continental.

It seems that the name of the country has no connection with the Spanish word “chile” which designates thepepper. This is not entirely true. Some historians still believe that this name comes from the narrow and elongated shape of the pepper in reference to the shape of the country.


Located on the Pacific coast ofSouth America, Chile stretches over its four thousand three hundred kilometers in length, fromPeru AtCape Horn, with an average width of one hundred and eighty kilometers. Natural borders isolate Chile from its neighbors. It is separated from theArgentina over thereAndes Cordillera, of theBolivia andPeru speakAtacama desert which is one of the driest in the world.


The “Tupa Marka” Folkloric Ballet, a name which means “meeting of peoples” in the Aymara language, was born in the city of Puerto Montt in September 2007. In fifteen years of artistic trajectory, it has presented its show throughout Chile and in many countries in the world. The mission of the “Tupa Marka” Folk Ballet is evident in its performance: to search, find, bring together in a superb show a set of dispersed cultural elements, traveling to the four corners of this country. Bring back moving vestiges of this north which was Bolivian and Peruvian, where Quechua and Aymara cultures survive with their carnivals, their processions and their votive festivals.


Disembark in the Pampas to learn about the life of these men on horseback. Bringing to life the story of this beautiful, rich and pure Indian who conquered the soul of a Spanish nobleman and became the virgin of La Tirana. Sail to Easter Island, the extreme part of Chile in the middle of the Pacific, before returning to the center of the country and returning to the "cueca", a traditional national dance of which each region has its own version.


Chilean folk music is influenced by its Spanish, Native American and African origins. Indigenous culture is present in music today through certain instruments, including the "cameo", adrum and the “botuto”, a kind of trumpet. Spanish culture allowed the introduction of instruments such as the guitar, stringed instruments, wind instruments and different types of percussion, and many popular genres including             “galleron », the “corrido” and the “guaracha”. The music of the Llanos region, found in other Spanish-American countries, is an example of music born during the Spanish colony era. All these instruments are the musical basis of all the “conjuntos criollos”, small Creole orchestras in the country which accompany the “joropo” singers.


The “Tupa Marka” folk ballet will take us to the deepest and most beautiful parts of an ancient culture that modernity will not succeed in erasing.

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