In Romanian folklore, witches are seen as young, immortal, voluptuous, but vindictive and evil young women. According to some traditions they can fly (with or without wings) and are usually half naked. Invisible to humans, they can still be seen by some only at night. Having sensual bodies and charming voices, they are considered excellent dancers and singers. Their specific dance is “hora”. In the place where they dance the “hora”, grass no longer grows, and the branches of the trees are burned down.The Witches’ Dance has a centripetal significance not only due to the repetitive rotation in a closed sense, but also due to the symbolism of perpetual motion, which allegedly aims to prevent the world from scattering away in a centrifugal manner, or to dissolve itself into the abyss.
A project completed in 2017; photos taken in Poiana Sohodol, Transylvania.
Models - Andrada Has, Mara Miclea, Laura Gal.