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Since 1984, the group "Lous Crabots de Semisens", "which means"little goats from St. Vincent "is organized to present his city out of the dances and customs of their ancestors.

If their costume is very simple, their repertoire is very varied. The "Rondos" and other dances by couples competing with spectacular polkas and jigs on stilts.

Waders are also involved in races, according to the levels range from 5 to 130 km!

This set consists of waders, dancers and musicians on the ground as well as volunteers.

Their "expertise" has brought this young ensemble to travel to most parts of France but also throughout the world on cultural exchange or the International Festival of Folklore: Sweden, Spain, Portugal, French Antilles, Turkey, USA , Japan ...

It is with pleasure that he will respond to any request to host your events (village festivals, dance festivals, cultural exchange ...) from his shows and his show from 5 to 90 min.



  Origins of stilts


In France, we demonstrate the use of short stilts or glides to protect themselves from the mud in 1925. And as regards the stilts themselves, in 1627 it is observed the first wader on an engraving of La Rochelle but we find no written reports about their use in travel books that have crossed the Landes until 1714. We know that the stilts were used in Flanders, but it was not attached to the legs like stilts can be seen in the Landes.

The Landes region is described by Strabo (58 BC. JC), a leading geographers of antiquity, as a sandy area, marshy and muddy, so totally conducive to the use of stilts. From 1714, the existence of these giants is chronicled in a number of stories marking the spread of the use of Bordeaux to Bayonne through an area virtually impassable.

However, it seems that the climax of this practice at the time of full employment stilts, Desbiey Guillaume (1725-1785), launched the idea of the exploitation of maritime pine, so as to fix the dunes to clean up and put the value in Landes.

Napoleon III decided to make this country more healthy and productive by implementing, with the help of Chambrelent and Crouzet, of the Act of June 19, 1857, also called the law on the improvement and cultivation of Landes of Gascogne. In 1900, the new forest is then very prosperous, but the pine plantation, digging ditches lead to the disappearance gradually flocks and their shepherds on stilts, too, about 1920, the last shepherds were converted into naval stores ... .

It therefore appears that the planting of forest mark the end of a generation of shepherds users of stilts for that can be described as professional.

So after that time, little by little, the practice of the stilts fades utilitarian perspective and became over the years, a practice more "folk." Indeed, at the same time, the shepherds began using stilts to play and they are also involved in the dances of other villagers.

In addition, it finds itself in a new dynamic on the practice and more generally on the overall practice of folklore Landes comes in many traditions as various locations where it is made. It considers, however, from federal references provided in the various groups, that is what appeared in 1889 the first group of dancers on stilts, founded by Sylvain DORNON Arcachon. Either it is argued, therefore its use in previous dancing even before the construction of the "Landes forest". Her first dance was "Lou Quadrilh Tchancats dous".

Sylvain DORNON same was also the source of many epics on stilts in rallying in 1891 Paris to Moscow is 2850 km in 58 days. It is also identified as the innovator of another practice of the stilts, the use of stilts as a sport through races that can turn into real long-distance routes, more or less dangerous.

So we arrive here after this brief, or not also historic, the current size of folklore Landes. Today, groups of stilts are many and diverse. Despite changing times, they always find either of the former groups celebrating their fifty years of existence recently established or new, they animate the seasons of the Silver Coast of the Landes and the Fest (Feria de la Madeleine) by folk or speed events. Composed of many participants who are changing both on the ground on stilts with a view primarily to meet the local Landes, transmit saoir. Diverse and varied dances succeed each other, based on a common directory, moving around roundels, dances of our main heathland in multiple forms and multiple music. The names of these roundels is usually that of the town where it was collected and practice refers to old rural customs. To this we must add a few roundels by stilts adapted to existing groups, round childish known throughout France as well as some inspired creations, mostly by themes Landes. Finally, there are dances that were fashionable in the years 1880-1890, where there is a variety of polkas, mazurkas, all from the "exotic." Many of their members also participate in races on stilts Challenge "Federation of Folklore Groups Landais" and some, like Sylvain DORNON have to heart to make journey of several hundred kilometers.



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