“…all the world hates us, we live like thieves,
even though we did not steal anything, except the nail from Jesus’ hand …”
/from a Hungarian Gypsies’ poem/

“New Age Gypsies”, a book by Iain McKell portrays stories of people, who constantly move their home; from festival to festival; from cities to villages in modified vans, buses and cars, traveling in caravan, sleeping in tents and improvised yurts. In the 1980s and 1990s, the “White Gypsies” were traveling in smaller groups through Great Britain, New Zealand and elsewhere.

These days new age nomad-ism is not a choice any more in the sense of escape, but a command of survival based on orders and bans, which are narrowing the space and curving the people – as a paradox of traveling and forced cooperation. In this we are the same; artists, gypsies, tourists. There is nothing to read in the book, nothing to disclose. The stories of “White Gypsies”; the symbol of modern man on one side and the ideal of complete freedom on the other are being read from the faces.

Constant traveling, the experience of foreignness and restrictions of freedom are the bases on which choreographer and dancer Gyula Cserepes, former member of Central-Europe Dance Theater (Hungary) and En-Knap Group (Slovenia) who has been living and creating in Ljubljana since 2008, is building a dance performance “New Age Gypsies”. Together with dancer Nina Fajdiga and musician Januš A. Luznar they are migrating through places of (non-)freedom and illusion, while at the same time moving on a very thin line between restrictive present and an ancient history, which is still a part of us, white gypsies.

photo: Miha Sagadin
Dance of the fools
Photo by Miha Sagadin
Nina and Gyula