BANFF, AB—Léim! Léim! Cas! Two performers were caught on camera delighting their fellow pedestrians with a traditional Gaelic dance yesterday afternoon.
This isn’t their first riverdance either. Mick Talleyharne and Chort MacDougall are two visiting professional dancers from the United Kingdom and will be performing at the Banff Centre this Friday.
Marceline Phubert, director of dance and performative combat, reviewed the footage of the chance encounter with the Bugle and explained its cultural significance.
It is a very unusual instance of the Troid Amaideach, a Gaelic opera from the early 12th century. They did not have the traditional flute accompaniment and instead performed the dance to Old Town Road by Lil Nas X. It couldn’t be further from the source material but the beat, interestingly, is similar. They did stay close to tradition in other ways. The dominant dancer performed the Victor’s Whipple according to tradition and didn’t hold back when he kicked his partner in the chest. This movement seems like a blunt instrument to us now but it was commonplace during the 12th century.
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Current El Jefe of the Bankhead Bugle. Jessia came to the Bow Valley in 2017 after dropping out from grad school to chance it in the wild blue yonder with just a backpack and a measly arts BA. As a youth, he is amenable to poor working conditions and trickles of payment—coincidentally, this makes him the ideal candidate to edit a struggling legacy newspaper like the Bugle. Praise be!