The Bavarian Club

Gebirgstracht Erhaltungs Verein Chiemgau, Windsor

 

Plattler

The following excerpt was taken from the Chiemgau Alpenverband Website and roughly translated below:

THE CHIEMGAUER ART OF SCHUHPLATTLER

The variety of the landscapes of Bavaria is overpowering and enthusing. And so like the landscapes are different from one another so also are the dress, dance, the customs and the type and manner and plattler. The Chiemgauer type is generally described as lively. The elegance of the movement flows and the volume of the hits on shoes and pants mark the Chiemgauer type. Everywhere it is done even in the Chiemgau it impresses the spectators in the form and in the expression of the dance. Earlier it was done for courtship of the girl, on the dance floor between plattler sequence and leaps. The pride of their region and its landscape, and the extremely large good fortune to live on this piece earth, reflects itself within the Chiemgauer boys and girls. A rare form of the Plattlns is found however actually only in the Chiemgau. Usually the Plattler was danced only to Landlermelodien. The basis of all hits on shoes and pants was therefore in the three–quarter-tact. The boys in the Chiemgau tried and introduced a new variant, namely the Marschplattler. It follows melody of brisk marches and polka and is especially strongly if twenty boys appear jointly and without girl (also a Chiemgauer singularity).

Text: Klaus Loehmann, 2005 (Chiemgau Alpenverband website)

Plattler

GIRLS TURNING IN THE CHIEMGAU

Plattln and Dirndldrahn developed in the Chiemgau as a lively dance form. The girl spins after a waltz with the boy very quickly and in little steps, like a top, around the boy. Meanwhile the boy plattelt to the plattler melody. After these 16 measures of music, the boy “catches” his girl in order to dance again a waltz with her. Typically for the Chiemgau the girl revolves independent of the music as quickly as she possibly can, but makes at the same time a relatively slight forward movement. An especially pretty picture emerges if the girl skirts turn at the same speed and interval around the boy in the center. For some years the girls from Frasdorf were especially successful, they had the best presentation before the eyes of the judges. It depends naturally on a straight body, stretched legs, while being as high as possible on the tips of their toes and of course the speed. The “catching” of the girl requires a good timing between girl and boy, much sense of exactness and a good estimation of the speed of the girl. If there is harmony between girl and boy, the Drehgeschwindigekit of the girl passes over very fluidly into a waltz step between girl and boy. A Chiemgauer singularity is that the girl are caught at the right hand, while in the other areas of Bavaria the catching is spread over the shoulder.

Text: Klaus Loehmann, 2005 (Chiemgau Alpenverband Website)