Burundi: Intore Warrior Dancers

Historically, the Intore warriors defended the King and performed in a parade of sorts when returning from military victories. The dancers wears the skin of a leopard, an elaborate headdress, bells on their ankles and necklace of ivory. In the warriors’ right hands are spears and in the left – a representation of a shield. The performance includes a series of individual jumps and imitation of fighting scenes, some quite acrobatic. One kid dancer was particularly cute – probably 6-7 years old – most definitely the centerpiece of the performing troop.