Hora de la cîmpie

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Alternative Names 'Hora de la cîmpie' is the original old Romanian spelling.
'Hora de la câmpie' is the modern Romanian spelling.
'Hora de la cimpie' is the old Romanian reduced to ASCII by missing off the accents.
'Hora de la campie' is the modern Romanian reduced to ASCII by missing off the accents.
'Hora din câmpie' is an alternative name.
'Hora din campie' is the alternative name reduced to ASCII by missing off the accents.
Formation Open circle. V-hold.
Dance Structure (A x 2 + B + C) repeated throughout the music.
Music Structure 3 bar phrases of 3, 3 & 4 counts except the last phrase of Part C which is 4, 3 & 3.
Music Speed 85 counts/min but slows at the end of Part C.
Pronunciation "HOR-ra deh lu kəm-PEE-eh".
Translation "[circle] dance of the plains" (literally "dance on the plain" for the 'de la' version & "dance from the plain" for the 'din' version).
Collector Theodore Vasilescu.
Source Silviu Ciuciumiş at the Zetten Balkan Festival in 2000 and Bruce Barbour (who learnt it from Silviu) in Ipswich.

Disclaimer: Mistakes are quite likely in the notes and no guarantees are made as to accuracy. There may be other versions of the same dance or other dances with the same name. Music may differ, particularly in speed, introduction and duration, between performers. The division into parts, bars & counts might not be standard. These notes of the dance are freely distributable (under GPL or CC-by-sa) in so much as the note's author's contribution but the choreography and/or collection were by other people and so their copyright might apply to the dance itself. Better than using notes, go to a dance class where it is taught by Silviu Ciuciumiş.

A delicate dance to gentle with an unusual timing (but fairly easy for most of the dancers, except the leader who has to follow the odd timing).

I count the rhythm of the music as "ONE two three | One two three | One two three four" with the counts slow and regular but with a different number of counts in different bars (so the 3rd bar is 1/3 longer than the 1st & 2nd bars) in a three bar sequence. As an extra complication, the final phrase of the sequence is "ONE two three four | One two three | One two three" instead and slows down during the last bar. Yet another complication is that Silviu wrote that the rhythm was "10/8 (334 or 433)" which implies that what I count as a three bar phrase is officially a rather long 11 beat bar, "ONE two three four Five six seven Eight nine ten". Anyway, only the leader needs to be concerned with the timing as it is slow enough for the others to simply follow the steps with ease.

Although I originally learnt it from Silviu, I did not write it down at the time. I later relearnt it from Bruce who learnt it from Silviu at the same time that I did but who did bother to write it.

The way we learnt it from Silviu that time, which was between a workshop & a party, was very slightly different from the way he taught it in a more formal workshop in Malhamdale in 2002. Nearly 2 decades later I found that the latter was original (from Theodore Vasilescu) & the usual way of doing it. So I updated these notes but I have kept the other way in "Part C Alternative" because I prefer it.

There has been some confusion about the name 'cîmpie'. Sometimes I've seen it misspelt with a hacek accent added to the 'c' to make it a "ch" sound (with compound mistake 'č' for that is Croatian not Romanian) and I've sometimes heard it miss-pronounced "chəm-PEE-e" (because 'c' is pronounced "ch" in Romanian if followed by 'e' or 'i' but 'î' is not 'i') or "səm-PEE-e" (because 'c' is pronounced "s" before 'e' or 'i' in Latin) or even "shəm-PEE-e" (wrongly converting 'c' to "ch", mentally imagining it as English 'ch' and then, Romanian being a Romance language, pronouncing that English transcription as French!). As for the translation, it is 'plain' (flat lands) but I've come across it mistranslated as 'field' (being confused with 'champ' in French). Also the 'î' spelling is archaic; in the modern Romanian the spelling is 'câmpie' (which makes the French confusion even stronger).

Style: Light, calm & delicate. Steps are low & gliding unless otherwise stated.


Summary: 6 bars.

One section of Part C music is used as an introduction before dancing starts. (This is unusual for a Romanian dance. They usually have either no introduction or an introduction which is played through twice. This dance has it played though once.)

Part A

Summary: R side, L across infront with lift, R side, L across behind with rise. Horse paw L & R.

Start Facing the centre of the circle. Weight on L foot.
1 R to the side.
2 L lift infront.
3 L step across infront.
1 R to the side
2-3 Swing L around across behind. This is done with a slight lean to the R and a rise (by straightening the R knee) which gives a bit of a flying feeling (R knee subtly bends down again as weight is transferred onto L foot).
1 R close.
2 L horse paw (touch foot to the ground slightly infront without weight transfer and drag it back slightly).
3 L close.
4 R horse paw.

Part B

Summary: Sway slow R & L. Repeat faster. 3 & 2/3 Cherkessias starting R across infront. Place R infront. Pause.

Start Facing the centre of the circle.
1 Sway onto R foot.
2 Sway onto L foot.
1-2 Sway onto R foot.
3-4 Sway onto L foot. Full weight is taken on count 4 (so it can feel a bit as if the L sway is shorter than the R sway).
1 R across infront.
2 L in place.
3 R close. (The steps in this bar form a Cherkessia starting R across infront.)
5 Repeat bar 4 in mirror image on opposite feet (Cherkessia starting L across infront.)
1-2 Repeat bar 4 counts 1-2 (R across infront, L in place.)
3 R stamp infront without weight transfer. The stamp is flat footed, straight kneed and very gentle, essentially just placing the foot on the floor.
4 Pause.

Part C

Summary: R & L in R very slow. R & L out R, R across infront, L in place. (R heel side infront, L across behind) x 2. Cherkessia starting R side. L close, R place infront.

Start Facing 45 deg cw of the direction to the centre. Weight on L foot.
1 Walk R forwards slowly.
2 Walk L forwards slowly.
1 Facing 45 deg acw of the centre direction, walk R backwards.
2 Likewise walk L backwards to original distance from the centre.
3 Facing the centre of circle, R across infront.
4 L in place.
1 Facing the centre, R to the side onto the heel of the foot.
2 L across behind.
3-4 Repeat counts 1-2 (R to the side heel, L across behind).
1 R to the side.
2 L across infront.
3 R in place. (The steps in this bar form a Cherkessia starting R to the side.)
1 L close.
2 Gently stamp R infront (as in Part B bar 6 count 4 but a bit slower as the music slows here).
3 Pause. (The music draws out into a pause here so this pause is longer than one regular beat.)

Part C Alternative

Summary: Replace bar with out R slow & L, R heel touch infront.

1-2 As Part C bars 1-2.
1-2 Facing 45 deg acw of the centre direction, walk R backwards.
3 Walk L backwards to original distance from the centre.
4 Touch R heel to the ground infront without weight transfer.
4-6 As Part C bars 4-6.

This was how I first learnt it & think it fits better but it is not the standard steps.