From January 6, 2019 on the Munich Schäffler are dancing again. Every 7 years, between the Epiphany and Shrove Tuesday the original Munich Schäfflertanz takes place.
The Schäffler dance is one of the oldest traditions in Munich and is one of the last memories of old Munich. According to legend, the dance in Munich was first performed in 1517 during a plague epidemic in order to calm the population, who hardly dared to take to the streets due to the plague, and to get public life going again.
The Schäffler dance bleaches always the same: Men with white knee socks, red waistcoat and green hat at the same time lift the knees, nip on each other and away from each other and wear bow-shaped wreaths. A Kasperl paints the spectators with a charcoal scrape, a tire vibrator swings the wooden tires. There are no new choreographies, no new music, no women. In the old days, only dairy fellows danced, that is, young men who were trained to be barrel makers. But because fewer and fewer wooden barrels are needed and therefore fewer and fewer men learn this profession, now all may participate who have desire. The Munich dancers are between 20 and 55 years old, by profession artisans, computer scientists, technicians, train drivers.
Further information and dates 2019: www.schaefflertanz.com