2,980 Polynesians beat the world record for the largest gathering of Ori Tahiti (Tahitian dance) Saturday to Golf Atimaono Tahiti, French Polynesia.
The Guinness records referred
The organizers, all fans of hula, now wishing that this performance is registered in the Guinness Book of Records. The previous record was held by Mexico, with 1,539 dancers gathered on a football field in September 2015.
"They were well 3,000 to dance, but they were twenty without their red sarong or crown, then one account in 2980, and we will send the pictures and videos TNTV (local channel, Ed) as evidence to Guinness they validate, "said Jean-Pierre Elie, bailiff in Papeete.
"And I still have hundreds in traffic! "Laments Heifara Bertho, one of the organizers. The time and date of the record could not be offset by the rules of Guinness, despite the heavy traffic caused by affluence in this rural town in Tahiti.
4 hours of rehearsals
Golf Atimaono hosted dancers at noon, and the first arrivals were able to repeat the choreography for more than 7 minutes to 4 hours, in defiance of showers. Rehearsals were proposed for several weeks around the island of Tahiti and other Polynesian islands such as Moorea, Raiatea and Bora Bora. Customers could even lead to the tutorials available on the web.
"I want to register Polynesia in history and link the name of the Ori Tahiti to our country," says Ronald Wong Mu, who is not a dancer but has trained for the record. Next door, Coraline Guinard confirms: "I dance since I was little, and that's important to me that the record be here, facing countries that practice increasingly the Ori Tahiti, like the United States, Mexico and Japan. "
Ori Tahiti, often called "tamure" by neophytes, is practiced worldwide. Some Polynesians fear being deprived of this important part of their culture.
Makau Foster, choreographer Tahitian, launched the challenge to the population. For her too, the Polynesian arts are threatened by the enthusiasm they generate abroad. "I would like my children, my grandchildren, know that I defended this cause: saving culture, not lip service, but to label the well dock here." She fears that "traditional not get lost," dethroned by folk and sporting dimensions of dance.