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Are you an experienced singer already? Do you sing often? If you do, you’re probably not sorry for having invested so many hours in this pleasant activity and would certainly like to recommend it to others as well.
The folk dance workshop is intended for couples as well as groups and can be tailored to the wishes and capabilities of participants. Normally, it is planned for adults, but it may also be adapted for children.

1.FOLK DANCE WORKSHOP

The folk dance workshop is intended for couples as well as groups and can be tailored to the wishes and capabilities of participants. Normally, it is planned for adults, but it may also be adapted for children.

The basic offer of the folk dance workshop consists of a one-day workshop lasting 8 hours, during which the participants learn the theoretic foundation of folk dance and the practical performance of 4 folk dances from the Primorska region. These dances represent a rounded-out whole and may be used for dance performances as well.

The basic offer can be extended to a workshop lasting several days, where additional dances are learned or the intensity of classes is decreased (to 2–4 hours per day, for example). The workshop can also be extended to include folk dances from other Slovenian regions or folk singing and music classes.

The workshop can be reduced to a shorter form as well (2–4 hours), where one or two folk dances are learned.

We also offer a one-hour promotional folk dance performance in folklore costumes that includes a guided guest animation programme.

Workshops may be conducted with live music or using recordings. Participants may bring their own musicians along as well.

Workshops are led by an expert mentor and an assistant.

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2. COME, LET’S SING ONE FROM PRIMORSKA

Are you an experienced singer already? Do you sing often? If you do, you’re probably not sorry for having invested so many hours in this pleasant activity and would certainly like to recommend it to others as well.

If that is not the case, you must have your reasons. Perhaps you were in a choir in elementary school but your further academic or career path left you little time to pursue singing, although the desire still remains. Perhaps some person even ²expertly advised² you that you have no musical ear and that it would be better for you to stop singing and take up another pastime. You now only sing alone, at home or in the car, maybe to your children as you put them to sleep.

 

Here and there, when merry company sings, you muster the courage and join in although this is as far as you dare go. Truth be told, it is perfectly normal. Singing is an activity that requires a lot of practice, and you probably haven’t had the chance to dedicate yourself to it properly or have no idea where and who with to start… Of course, it also takes a good deal of courage.

 

We invite you to join us and realize that you, too, can sing in a group and feel great while doing it. Taking part in a singers’ weekend (day) will present you with an opportunity to actively relax on both the physical as well as spiritual level and set your daily burdens aside for at least a while, to redirect your thoughts and learn new things – the melodies and lyrics of folk songs from the Primorska region, the basics of two-voice and three-voice singing, singing ²by year², perhaps the basics of solfeggio and harmony – reading music, following rhythm marks and attuning yourself to the rhythm.

 

Singing will enable you to get in touch with your inner child, the child who used to sing songs with grandma or grandpa in the evening, during play and celebrations. You will get the chance to overcome your fears and prove to yourself you are able to do something others said couldn’t be done. Your self-confidence will be renewed, and you will be able to pass the knowledge on to your children, grandchildren and friends.

Naturally, you are also free to bring along a member of your family, your neighbours or friends and sing together in the company of those close to you.

 

We named this invitation ²Come, let sing one from Primorska², because the singing workshop focuses on folk songs from the Primorska region. We will also practice multi-voice singing characteristic of the Slovenian folk song (especially two-voice).

The Slovenian folk song is a distinctive cultural value that, in addition to the language, represents one of the most expressive instruments of our nation’s identity. A few years ago, we recorded several old folk singers in these parts and wrote down the music and lyrics of over 60 ancient folk songs. These songs have been published in the collection ²Back Then, In Times of Yore², which will also be presented briefly in our meetings.

If you wish to discover the close-to-forgotten songs our grandfathers and grandmothers sang long ago, we invite you to join us at the singing workshop, be it for a day or an entire weekend. We hope you will take the folk songs of Primorska with you when you return home and use this opportunity to continue passing the folk songs onward, from place to place, from generation to generation.

 

1st option – Three-day workshop:

 

Friday:                        From 5 pm to 7 pm:

Warming up exercises

²Singing apparatus warm-up² with focus on proper breathing

Simple one-voice folk song singing in combination with motion

At 8 pm dinner

 

Saturday:        Breakfast at 9 am

From 10 am to 12 noon:

Exercises for the warming up of the body and the ²singing apparatus²

Exercises in simple rhythm patterns

Exercises in the reading of simple sheet music

Exercises in the melody and lyrics of the folk song of Primorska (one-voice)

Lunch at 1 pm

 

From 2 pm to 4 pm:

Short presentation of the life and work of dr. Karel Štrekelj and the book of

songs ²Back Then, In Times of Yore²

Two-voice singing of the folk songs of Primorska

 

From 4:30 pm to 6 pm:

Two-voice (maybe also three-voice) singing of folk songs

Singing songs we learned in various acoustic environments (common space in                  the Special Sort of House, the village church, in nature, by the stream…), a                 walk to the statue of Baron Čehovin

Dinner at 8 pm

 

Sunday:          From 9 am to 10 am:

(optional) Visit of the mass and singing in the village church of St. Catherine

From 10:30 am to 1:30 pm:

Exercises for the warming up of the body and the ²singing apparatus²

Singing in combination with motion

Rehearsal of practiced songs and preparation for the concert

Lunch at 2 pm

 

At 3 pm:

Concert for the guests of the Special Sort of House

(possibility of singing immediately after the end of exercises, prior to lunch)

 

 

Workshops take place in the Special Sort of House, surrounded with marvellous unspoiled nature. We promise you will spend an unforgettable time in our company.

2nd option – one-day workshop

A one-day workshop usually lasts between 6 and 7 hours. On prior arrangement, the duration as well as the programme can be adapted to the wishes of the group.

 

Morning part:             From 9:30 am to 12 noon (with a pause in-between):

Warming up of the body and the ²singing apparatus²

Simple rhythmic patterns with one-voice singing and motion exercises                             in the melody and rhythm of folk songs

Basics of two-voice singing (maybe three voices and more)

Lunch at 1 pm

 

Afternoon part:          from 2:30 pm to 7 pm (with a pause in-between):

Presentation of the song-book ²Back Then, In Times of Yore² and the                             work of dr. Karel Štrekelj

Rehearsal of the folk songs of Primorska (two-voice or more)

Conclusion with a ²mini concert² for the guests of the Special Sort of                              House

 

3rd option – two or three-hour workshop

Brief presentation of the song-book ²Back Then, In Times of Yore² and the work of dr. Karel Štrekelj

Warming up and exercises in the melody and lyrics of the folk songs of Primorska

Mini concert in the Special Sort of House

 

Singing workshops are led by Mrs. Herta Sorta, a compiler and recorder of folk songs. Together with her friend Jasna Peršolja, she is the author of the song-book that contains sheet music and lyrics for 62 folk songs recorded in the Primorska region. In addition to her folklore expertise, Mrs. Sorta completed the elementary school of music and solo-singing, led a mixed choir and participated actively in various singing groups: the youth choir, the family quartet and the female trio, while also having led a folklore group for over 20 years.