18 de December de 2014 - 12:20 pm Tiempo de lectura: 2 minutos | No. de palabras: 363 | 863 visitas
Yachay Public Company through the management of the “La Voladora” Cultural Center power of art and culture in the city and surrounding communities and parishes of the City of Knowledge project.
Located in the Santa Isabel area of Canton Urcuquí, “La Voladora” organizes various activities. A clear example is the dance program which is comprised of 200 participants, including girls, boys, youths and seniors. Its dynamic and lively classes revive the main ancestral rhythms.
“We teach the rhythms like mapalé, andarel, fandango, bomba, san juanitos, Saraguro dances, Cañar dances, Chimborazo tunes and there are very well accepted by participants,” said the instructor, Maria Augusta Escobar.
Residents of Yachay City of Knowledge and the surrounding areas come in order have fun and learn more about the rhythms talked about by their grandparents. People of San Blas, Tumbabiro, San Vicente, Las Mercedes, El Puente, Tapiapamba, among others, wait one block from the central park in Urcuquí for the transport that takes them to the hall of the cultural center.
Then, they take typical shawls and diadems/headbands, which are provided by the center, station themselves in a spacious area and begin to follow each of the steps of their teacher, to the sound of this Ecuadorian musical background that has persisted for generations.
The schedules have different options for accessibility of the population. For children, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 13:30 to 15:30, Thursdays and Fridays from 15:30 to 17:00, and Saturday from 9:00 to 10:30.
For the youth, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 15:30 to 17:00, Thursdays and Fridays from 13:00 to 15:30, and Saturday from 10:30 to 12:00. Seniors practice on Wednesdays from 9:00 to 12:00.
Liliana Gonzaga, an eight-year-old girl admits that she likes all the rhythms in particular ‘bomba’, whereas Melliza Valles, a nine year-old girl argues that she not only likes dancing but the friendships that are achieved in the workshop.
In this way, each week the members of the community build bonds with this alternative non-formal education. The only requirement is a willingness to learn and play. It may even be that people discover their skills in instruments that the center provides and enable the emergence of musicians on flute, synthesizer, guitar, quena, charango and panpipes. (JMP-VE / YACHAY EP)