Siganos

Dances of Crete. Siganos

Siganos, as its name suggests (Siganos=slow), is a slow dance, conducted almost at a walking pace. The performers clasp each other’s shoulders. It has 6 or 8 steps, depending on where it is danced, but the music has an 8-beat rhythm.

Kontilies - Nikos Xylouris

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It is said that it represents the escape of Theseus from the Labyrinth. Not enough historical evidence or literary references exist to be sure of its origin, but most likely it was invented in the time of the Ottoman rule.

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