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Leventikos (Greek: Λεβέντικος, Levéntikos; Macedonian: Пуштено, Pušteno), also known as Litós (Λιτός), Kucano, Nešo, and Bufskoto Oro, is a dance of western Macedonia, mainly performed by ethnic Macedonians and Greeks in the town of Florina, Greece and in the Resen and Bitola regions in the neighbouring Republic of Macedonia.
The meter varies: one is 12 = 3+2+2+3+2 time with the metric 3s divided into quadruplets, but because of the speed, the metric accents may sound more like 3+4+3+2; another one is 16 = 4+2+3+4+3, where metric 4s have sub-beats 2+2. The third (second short) beat may be lengthened relative its written value in both variations, but less so at higher speeds, and the last beat (third short beat) may be shortened, a common Balkan treatment of meters.
The 12/8 meter appears in traditional Northern and Southern Albanian ballads, in dance tunes such as Berace, and in Macedonian dances such as Berance, Bajrace, Bufskoto. The 16/8 meter has appeared more recently in various tunes for the dance Leventikos in the Florina region of Greece, and in Macedonian dances like Pusteno, in renditions of the same songs that were traditionally rendered in 11/8 or 12/8. For example, for the tune Ibraim Odza there are different performances in both 12 and 16.
The Levendikos dance performed in Petroussa is very different from the one in Florina.
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- Play or download the music of Zensko Berance
- Play or download the music for Levendikos and Pusteno
- Dance description (in Greek) of the Poustseno
- Radio Banitsa frequently plays variations of the Poustseno and the 3+2+2+3+2 rhythm