Ereberentzia, groupe de danses basques et béarnaises

Here some extracts from our repertory.

The dances which we carry out for you, represent the scenes of the everyday life, the trades of the country and also demonstrate the warlike past of the Basque people.

Ikuriñari - Salut au drapeauIkuriñari

A dance common to the 7 provinces of the Basque Country
Salute to the colors. the country is divided into 7 provinces (3 of them located in France and 4 in Spain) on both sides of the Pyrenees, but the Basque write around their flag. The three colors which make it up have a particular significance: red for origins, the people, on the red there is a green cross, that means the people law and over the white cross means the god's law.

This dance is a homage to the unit of the country transcending the provincial and national borders.

Utstaï, la danse des vanniers

Ustai dantza

Province of Gipuzkoa
This is a dance of the of the basket makers of the province of Guipuzkoa, a profession that was widespread in the province until the beginning of the twentieth century.

The tradition of Gipuzkoa includes a cycle of the dances carried out with instruments such as swords, sticks and arches, dances in which the dancers show their virtuosities.

Makhila dantza, danse des bûcherons

Makhil dantza

Province of Biscaye
Typical dance of the loggers of the province of Biscay. Makhilas are the large sticks with which is carried out.

Oxagavia la danse des petits bâtons


Province of Navvare

In the valley of Oxabavia, the village of the same name is nestles at the foot of the mountain which overlooks the hermitage of the Virgin of Muskilda. Each year, in September, the dancers of the village offer to the Virgin the first steps of their dance animated by the Bobo, character with the two faces such Janus. This Bobo, who might be called the simpleton, who disturbs the dance by his japes.

Baztan offrande à Dieu


Province of Navvare

This dance is performed by the women of the villages a few days before the religious festivals of Ascension. Bastan a high valley which has as it's capital ELIZONDO, is famous for the battles against Almohade (The Arab dynasty which occupied part of Spain in year 1200).

The dance is an offering to God to ensure the fertility of the fields and good crops so that no-one in the valley has to go hungry.


Le Fandango basqueLe Fandango basque
Dance common to all 7 provinces of the Basque Country

If all the celebrations start with a solemn homage to the Basque flag, Ikuriñari; they end all in the popular dance of our country, the fandango.

It is always followed of Arin-arin, which means light light, a lively and aery dance which often closes our group performance.

But what is it? It is Makhila, a stick of assistance to the walk which hiding place a frightening weapon in its pommel, a dance pays homage to him. Croix basque verte But what is it? It is Makila, a stick of assistance to the walk which hiding place a frightening weapon in its pommel, a dance pays homage to him.

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