Galumpha returns to Lake Placid

LAKE PLACID – The Lake Placid Center for the Arts welcomes back to its stage Binghamton-based movement troupe Galumpha for a performance on Saturday.

While in residence, Galumpha will also offer two free workshops on Friday in the LPCA Dance Studio. Younger students and families are encouraged to attend the 4 p.m. workshop while experienced students and adults are welcome at the 6 p.m. session. Pre-registration is not required but is encouraged to help plan for the class; call 518-523-2512 to register. Walk-ins will be welcome.

Galumpha’s three performers combine acrobatics, striking visual effects, physical comedy and inventive choreography which won them the Edinburgh Festival Critics’ Choice Award.

What exactly does “galumpha” mean? The group uses the following excerpt from “Free Play – Improvisation In Life and Art” by Stephen Nachmanovitch to explain why they chose their name. Anthropologists have found “galumphing” to be one of the prime talents that characterize higher life forms. Galumphing is the immaculate rambunctiousness and seemingly inexhaustible play-energy apparent in puppies, kittens, children, baby baboons – and also in young communities and civilizations. Galumphing is the seemingly useless elaboration and ornamentation of activity. It is profligate, excessive, exaggerated and uneconomical. We galumph when we hop instead of walk, when we take the scenic route instead of the efficient one, when we play a game whose rules demand a limitation of our powers, when we are interested in means rather than in ends.

Formed in 2002 by Andy Horowitz and Greg O’Brien, Galumpha’s highlights include “Velcro” – as seen on “The Late Show with David Letterman,” Crook and Chase (TNN) and the 2002 MDA Jerry Lewis Telethon – and “Clackers,” seen on MTV, Showtime, A&E and Just for Laughs in Montreal. Other pieces feature experiments in human architecture set to music by Rachmaninov, Mahler and virtuoso Czech band Jablkon.

This event is part of the New York State Presenters Network Presenter-Artist Partnership Project, made possible through a regrant from the New York State Council on the Arts.