Fischbach folklore to perform in Oman

By: Kabeer Yousuf

MUSCAT: Classic art and dance aficionados in the city will be in for a treat when the renowned Austrian Folklore dance group Volkstanzkreis Fischbach will be performing at the Royal Opera House Muscat (ROHM) hall from May 19 to 21. The band, locally hosted by the Austrian Economic and Commercial Office in Muscat, will be showcasing their breathtaking performances as part of the Rhythm Festival at the ROHM:

As many as twenty male and female folk dancers in traditional dresses, artists with 4 meter long whips and hand-clappers will present ancient Austrian countryside customs.

“This festival, which is an international celebration of music, will continue for three days at the Royal Opera House Muscat,” Reinhart Zimmermann, Austrian Economic and Commercial Counselor in Muscat, told the Observer.

For three unique nights, the city’s music lovers along with the Austrian citizens will celebrate rhythm, percussion and beat. It will present different rhythms from all over the world. They feature groups and ensembles from different parts of the world representing their countries and music.

“We are confident that a plethora of traditional and modern rhythms reflecting the characteristics of various cultures and civilizations will be set on stage,” he added.

The group was founded in 1973 by Fritz Froihofer for young girls and boys to dance and play groups together to revive the folk dance and the real folk music in the home and to get in authentic form.

“We would like to revive the folk dance forms and our autumn and Easter dance and like to establish friendly contacts with other countries across the borders,” a statement from the troupe said.

“The Schuhplattler group is known in more than ten European countries and in the United States. Through our performances, also in cooperation with the Vortanzgruppe, we had the opportunity to travel to many different countries and make friends with other groups.”

Fischbach is a municipality in the district of Weiz in Styria, Austria. It was officially recognised as a climatic spa by the Styrian government on February 27 2003. Fischbach is a town in the Fischbacher Alpen and is located about 12 km northwest of Birkfeld. The name of the troupe is derived from this highest place in East Styria.


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