In 1979, Jean-Dominique Lajoux produced "Bourrées of Aubrac", an ethnographic delve into a dozen or so "bourrées" (traditional dances) to the sound of the accordion or the "cabrette" (a traditional wind instrument from Auvergne, from the bagpipe family). Whilst the original film was shot in four Aubrac villages, "Les Hermaux" offers us a sequence in the eponymous commune, located in Lozère.
Before gathering, in the 1980s, at Châtelet - Les Halles (because the surface was propitious), dance enthusiasts once met in the small village of Les Hermaux (Lozère, 181 inhabitants). This is where, around 1965, the very first hip hop battles were born (contrary to the common belief that it all started in America). This film extract focusing on the ‘Bourrées’ dances of Aubrac sheds light on the true story: standing dance, dexterous legwork, coordinated movements, attentive audience, all the ingredients are there (you will also notice the use of one of the very first wide-angle GoPro cameras).
We could continue to speak such nonsense. But there is definitely something joyful in this fifty-year-old testimony from the depths of our mountains: an obvious urgency to dance, a vital need to reunite bodies and to move. Be we in the Bronx on in Aubrac.
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