BAVNO ORO II

Macedonian

 
PRONUNCIATION: BAHV-noh OH-roh
 
TRANSLATION: Slow dance
 
SOURCE: Dick Oakes learned this dance from Dennis Boxell who taught this version of Bavno Oro under the original title of Makedonsko Bavno Oro at the 1962 California Kolo Festival. Anatol Joukowsky learned the dance somewhere between 1930 and 1940, and taught another version in 1955.
 
BACKGROUND: Boris Karlov recorded his arrangement of a Macedonian folk song, Snosti Sakav Da Ti Dojdam, in the early 1950s under the name Bavno Oro. This dance is also done in many parts of Bulgaria.
 
MUSIC:NAMA (LP) 1001;
XOPO (45rpm) X-301.

Geisler, Richard. "Bavno Oro" (sheet music), The Yugoslav Collection, The Village & Early Music Society, 15181 Ballantree Lane, Grass Valley, CA 95949-7633.

Sheet Music: Vancouver International Folk Dancers Music Book, Vol. 2., Deborah Jones, 1982.

FORMATION:Open line of M and W with the M at the front end of the line and the W at the other, hands joined at shldr level and held slightly fwd in "W" pos, end dancers' free hand on hips or flourishing a handkerchief. The last M and the first W hold a handkerchief between them.
 
METER/RHYTHM: 7/8, 7/16, counted below in three dancer's counts. The slow part of the dance is in 7/8 (slow-quick-quick) rhythm that changes to a 7/16 (quick-quick-slow) rhythm during the fast part after a 3/16 slow (1 bt) meas. These seven-count rhythms are known among Balkan music and dance specialists as the "Macedonian seven" (Madedonska sedmorka).
 
STEPS/STYLE: Macedonian M dance with high, light, proud movements, while W dance with more subdued steps.
 

MEASMOVEMENT DESCRIPTION

 
 INTRODUCTION
 
 NAMA recording: Wait nine meas.
XOPO recording: Wait one meas.
 
I. SLOW PART (25 meas)
 
1Facing slightly to the R, step R swd (ct 1); step L across in front of R (ct 4), pause (ct 6).
 
 NOTE: In many areas of the United States, this step has been modified and resembles the traditional Lesnoto step: Step R swd (ct 1); slight bounce on R with L knee slightly raised in front (ct 4); step L across in front of R (ct 6).
 
2Facing ctr, step R swd (ct 1); slight bounce on R, M raising bent L knee high in front of R with L ft in front of R leg, W raising L low in front of R (ct 4); slight bounce on R with L remaining in same pos as before (ct 6).
 
3Reverse action of meas 2 to L with opp ftwk.
 
4-24Repeat action of meas 1-3 seven more times.
 
25Repeat action of meas 1.
 
II. HEEL TOUCH AND DIP (17 meas)
 
1Facing ctr, small step R swd, slightly bending R knee (ct 1); lightly tap L heel fwd and slightly diag to L (ct 4); lightly tap L heel directly fwd (ct 6);
 
2Step L next to R, slightly bending L knee (ct 1); lightly tap R heel fwd and slightly diag to R (ct 4); small step R swd (ct 6);
 
3Facing slightly to R, step L across in front of R, bending L knee in a "dip" (ct 1); facing ctr, step R swd (ct 4); step L across in back of R (ct 6).
 
4-15Repeat action of meas 1-3 four more times.
 
16Repeat action of meas 1.
 
17Facing ctr, step L in place, slightly bending L knee (ct 1); lightly tap R heel fwd and slightly diag to R (ct 4); lightly tap R heel directly fwd (ct 6).
 
III. SIDE-CROSS AND LIFT (24 meas)
 
1-24Repeat action of Fig I, meas 1-24. Note that there is no meas 25 this time.
 
IV. HEEL TOUCH AND DIP (15 meas)
 
1-15Repeat action of Fig II, meas 1-15.
 
 NOTE: Fig IV is followed by a single beat corresponding to the first "slow" beat, or ct 1, on which dancers: Leap R swd, bending knee and thrusting L ft fwd as a transition into Fig V (ct 1).
 
V. SIDE-BEHIND AND THRUST (29 meas)
 
1Facing ctr, step L swd (ct 1); step R across in back of L (ct 3); fall onto L swd, bending L knee and thrusting R fwd (ct 5);
 
2Step R swd (ct 1); step L across in back of R (ct 3); quick, light step R swd (ct 4); step L across in front of R, bending L knee in a "dip" (ct 5);
 
3Step R swd (ct 1); step L across in back of R (ct 3); fall onto R swd, bending R knee and thrusting L fwd (ct 5).
 
4-27Repeat action of meas 1-3 nine more times.
 
28-29Repeat action of meas 1-2.
 


 

BAVNO ORO
Macedonia

// Snošti sakav da ti dojdam, //
// Sitna rosa zarosi,
Sitna rosa zarosi,
Zato ne dojdof. //
 
// Kakav junak ti ke bideš, //
// Od rosa da se uplašiš,
Od rosa da se uplašiš,
A bre budalo?!" //
  Last night I wanted to visit you,
But it was a fine dew,
But it was a fine dew,
So I did not come.
 
What are you for a hero,
That you're afraid of dew,
That you're afraid of dew,
You fool?!


Copyright © 2012 by Dick Oakes