Debka Eilon

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Ilan Swisa composed "Debka Eilon" (2013, Hebrew: דבקה אילון) to an Adyghi (Cherkess or Circassian, in their language) dance tune. It is Israeli due to the genre, the choreographer, the dedication to his son Eilon, and the fact that in Israel there's a Circassian community since the Russian-Turkish wars in 19th century, mainly in Kfar Kama.

The style of "Debka Eilon" draws on Lezginka, a dance of nations of Caucasus mountains, among them Georgian, Azerbaijani, Lezgin, Dagestani, Chechen, and Adyghi people. The Adyghi version is called "Leparise" (Лъапэрисэ).

"Lezginka" is a dance of a warrior. In eagle-like movements, he exhibits his bravery by upright posture, sharp hand movements, and intricate toe-heel footwork (elements present in "Eilon"). Sometimes the dancer turns, lands on his knees and rises again. "Lezginka" is also danced by couples, with smooth swan-like movement by the lady, and the man courting her and exhibiting his vigor. Sometimes, men dance in turns, in a duel-like fashion. As a manly courting dance it is often performed at weddings by troops in traditional costumes, or by guests honoring the groom.

So, next time you dance "Debka Eilon", spread your wings, and dance it with gusto!

External Links

Original Adyghi music of "Debka Eilon":

Adyghi "Leparise" dance at a wedding:

"Lezginka" at a Daghestani wedding:

"Lezginka" at a Georgian wedding:

"Lezginka" at Chechen village feast:

Beautiful dance performance at Azerbaijani wedding:

Movie fragment (1926) where the last request of a warrior is to dance Lezginka (and then he escapes):

Debka Eilon at

Video at Rokdim