LIPA MA MARÝCA

Slovenian (Italian)

 
PRONUNCIATION: LEE-pah muh mah-REE-tsah
 
TRANSLATION: My beautiful Marie (or Maria)
 
SOURCE: Dick Oakes learned this dance from Steven Kotansky who learned it in Val Resia, Italy, and taught it at the 1984 San Diego State University Folk Dance Conference.
 
BACKGROUND: Val Resia (Resija in Slovenian) is just across the Slovenian border in northeastern Italy. Because of it's isolated location among high mountains, the people have retained the Slovenian language of their ancient heritage, regardless of the artifical location of the border.
 
MUSIC:Helidon (LP) FLP 03-006, side B, band 1.
 
FORMATION:Cpls scattered randomly about the floor with ptrs facing each other about four feet apart. The following are the compass slots referred to in the description:

 
METER/RHYTHM: 2/4
 
STEPS/STYLE: STEP-BOUNCE: Step (ct 1); bend and straighten supporting knee (ct &)

M movements are freestyle and relaxed, matching a subtle flexing bouncy swagger with movement. M arms are at sides and move with a natural swing or slight lift to the side as the upper body sways.

QUICK-SLOW PIVOT: Step L in place(ct 1); pivoting 1/4 CCW on L, step slightly swd R (ct &); pause (ct 2);
step L in place (ct &); pivoting 1/4 CCW on L, step slightly swd R (ct 1); pause (ct &);
step L in place (ct 2); pivoting 1/4 CCW on L, step slightly swd R (ct &); pause (ct 1);
step L in place (ct &); pivoting 1/4 CCW on L, step slightly swd on R (ct 2); pause (ct &). There are 4 Quick-Slow Pivots in three meas.

W are more subdued than the M and take smaller steps with knees closer together. W hands hold skirt out low to sides.

 

MEASMOVEMENT DESCRIPTION

 
 INTRODUCTION
 
1-16Allow 4 meas of High Melody to play with no action and beg dance with meas 5-8.

OR: Allow both a High Melody and a Low Melody to play with no action.

 
 
 
 
MEN'S MOVEMENTS
 
I. HIGH MELODY (Turn in place; Ending)
 
1-3Standing in "S" slot and facing ptr (N), dance 6 Step-Bounces (beg R across L), turning twice CCW in place and ending facing ptr (N);
 
4Facing ptr, stamp R,L,R, taking wt on all three stamps and moving slightly twd ptr (cts 1,&,2);
 
5-7Repeat action of meas 1-3 with opp ftwk;
 
8Facing ptr, stamp L slightly fwd, taking wt (ct 1); bounce on L heel (ct &); stamp R slightly fwd, taking wt (ct 2).
 
II. LOW MELODY (Turn in place; Cross over)
 
1Beg a 3/4 turn CCW in place, step L, facing "SW" (ct 1); finishing the 3/4 turn CCW, step R, facing "E" (ct 2);
 
2Moving swd L and exchanging places with ptr (passing M back to W front), step L swd, facing "E" (ct 1); step R next to L (ct &); turning to face "N," step L fwd, beginning a 3/4 CCW turn in place (ct 2);
3Completing the 3/4 CCW turn, step R, facing "S" twd ptr (ct 1); step L slightly swd (ct 2); light stamp R (optional) next to L (ct &);

 
3OR: Beg 3/4 turn CCW, step R, facing "W" (ct 1); completing 3/4 CCW turn, step L, facing ptr (ct 2); light stamp R (optional) next to L (ct &);

 
4Moving swd L and exchanging places with ptr (passing back-to-back), step L swd, facing "W" (ct 1); step R next to L (ct &); turning to face "S," step L fwd, beginning a 3/4 CCW turn in place (ct 2);
5Completing the 3/4 CCW turn, step R, facing "N" twd ptr (ct 1); step L slightly swd (ct 2); light stamp R (optional) next to L (ct &);
 
6Step L slightly swd (ct 1); stamp R (optional) next to L (ct &); step R fwd, facing "E" (ct 2);

 
5OR: Beg 3/4 turn CCW, step R, facing "W" (ct 2);
6Completing 3/4 CCW turn, step L, facing ptr (ct 1); stamp R (optional) next to L (ct &); step R fwd, facing "E" (ct 2);

 
7-8Repeat action of Low Melody, meas 2-3, ending on opp side from which you began, having crossed over (exchanging places) three times during the Low Melody.
 
 
 
WOMEN'S MOVEMENTS
 
I. HIGH MELODY (Turn in place; Ending)
 
1-3Beg L, dance 4 Quick-Slow Pivots, making two complete turns CCW;
 
4Facing ptr, step L in place (ct 1); bounce on L heel, raising R next to L ankle (ct &); stamp R slightly diag R, taking wt;
 
5-8Repeat action of meas 1-4.
 
II. LOW MELODY (Turn in place; Cross over)
 
1Beg L, dance 1 Quick-Slow Pivot motif in place, ending facing "W" (cts 1,&); pause (ct 2); facing "S," step L twd ptr (ct &);
 
2Moving swd R and exchanging places with ptr (passing W front to M back), step R swd, facing "E" (ct 1); step L in back of R (ct &); touch ball of R slightly fwd (ct 2); turning to face "S," step L fwd, beginning a 3/4 CW turn in place (ct &);
3Continuing 3/4 CW turn, step L fwd and across R, facing "W" (ct 1); completing 3/4 CW turn, step R slightly bwd, facing ptr (ct 2);
 
4Step L twd ptr, turning to face "W" (ct 1); moving swd R and exchanging places with ptr (passing W front to M back), step R swd (ct 2); step L in back of R (ct &);
 
5Touch ball of R slightly fwd (ct 1); beg a 1/2 turn CW," step L fwd, facing "N" (ct &); completing the 1/2 CW turn, step L fwd and across R, facing "E" (ct 2);
 
6Turning 1/4 CW, step R slightly bwd to face ptr (ct 1); turning 1/4 CW, step L fwd twd ptr, turning to face "E" (ct 2);
 
7-8Repeat Low Melody, meas 2-3, ending on opp side from which you began, having crossed over (exchanging places) three times during the Low Melody.
 
 
 
 Repeat entire dance from beg until the musicians play the High Melody twice (see Finale below).
 
III. FINALE (M AND W)
 
 When the musicians play 8 meas of High Melody twice in successions, the dance ends with the dancers repeating the action of meas 1-8 of the High Melody.
 

LIPA MA MARÝCA
Slovenia (Italy)

This song is in the Rezian dialect of Slovenian.

Lipa ma Marýca,
Rýnina si ty.
Ko ta-na Rüšće pöjdeš,
U fyýlo ćon ti pryt.
 
Ko ta-na Rüšće si došýl,
Marýca me je ni.
 
Te hüdi júdi so paršlý,
Marýco so neslý.
 
Či bej to bila háuža,
To bila mákoj ma.
 
Ja mëšon bil se zbüdil,
Da drúgin na plašá.
 
Za ne pryt notou hýšy,
Ta-z gözd ja si jo dal.
 
Za prý horë u Zagáto,
Tri óre ja si stal.
 
Lipa ma Marýca,
Lipa ti si ty,
Lipa ti si bila,
Lipa ti ćeš byt.
  My beautiful Marýca,
You are Rýnina's (girl).
When you go to Rüšće
I'll come to serenade you.
 
When I arrived in Rüšće,
There was no sign of Marýca.
 
Bad people had come
And taken Marýca away.
 
What was the reason?
I was the only reason!
 
I should have known
That others fancy her too.
 
So as not to enter the house,
I ran into the woods.
 
It took me three hours
To get to Zagáto.
 
My dear Marýca,
You are beautiful,
You always were beautiful,
You always will be beautiful!


Copyright © 2012 by Dick Oakes