The reaction of the forró scene to the corona virus was and is remarkable. The Forró organizers in particular showed their backs: Events were canceled to protect the Forrozeir@s and large losses of time and money were accepted.
At the same time, the scene showed remarkable creativity: there were letters sent (Forromail), video tutorials turned (Diana Richter, Forro de Colonia), Live Lessons offered (Fabio Reis, Meu Forro Vienna), streamed concerts (including Cainã, Fabiano Santana), it became a virtual one Forró coffee party organized (I Love My Forró), and even virtual festivals has already existed.
The best of the situation is made - but it's just not the same. And that's why the whole yearns Forro-World after a return to normalcy. If it just could be that easy…
The road to normality...?!
Right now, we're about as far from Forró normalcy as Mars is from Earth. A rapprochement will take time and at the same time depends on more factors than just time. Of course, the forró scene depends on official case law and the recommendations of the federal states (or states). I still ask myself (and you) the following question: What would be criteria that would allow a complete return to Forró normality?
Can and should this question be asked at all at the moment? I think you should. On the one hand, because the question already exists in the minds of the Forrózeir@s, on the other hand, because the existence of artists and organizers depends on this question.
In the wonderful Forró Discussion – Group in Facebook was noted that due to the close contact the Normality of the Forró scenes only at the very end of all relaxation measures can stand. I see it similarly and therefore think mainly of two criteria:
1) There is a vaccine or a drug, 2) The number of new infections falls below a certain, very low threshold. While 1) would probably finally mean getting the virus under control, 2) will always leave a residual uncertainty in people's minds. I think it takes a combination of both criteria (where 1) is probably the more important) to be able to return to a 'normal dance business' without a doubt.
"Hug, Thank You and Switch"
According to a current WDR contribution (WDR 5 morning echo from 04.06.20) will be available in spring 2021 at the earliest. What happens forró-wise until then? Which (small) steps can you take towards normality without risking too much?
The 'dancing in a small space' so typical of the Forró, and the 'hugging, thanking and changing' cannot be part of a responsible solution. Instead, you have to look for alternatives. Dance schools in certain federal states already have them: There, if certain, strict rules are observed, couples are dancing again (e.g. in NRW; Article in the WA from 05/26/20). The groups are divided, a lot of whirling is not allowed, a permanent partner (only from your own household) is kept, distances have to be observed and people with hay fever have to stay at home. For me as an allergy sufferer that would be nothing.
As long as there is a legal basis for it, it definitely could at first first with smaller groups start again. In my opinion, parties with masks/gloves are unthinkable, since they do not represent safe, but only improved protection (Source: Quarks.de).
You also notice that There are currently no simple solutions for Forró. Especially since no regionally independent solutions. Does it even make sense to drive off with the handbrake on? And would any rules be respected by everyone?
What if people don't follow the rules?
Imagine an event where there are people who don't see it that closely with the agreed rules. I've always found the Forrozeir@s to be sensitive and responsible people, but it's a possible scenario, right? How would you ensure a good and safe feeling among all participants (without excluding anyone)?
There is a great risk of infection when dancing as a couple, we should all remain aware of that. A tango dancer from my circle of acquaintances can sing a song about it. He was on the ventilator for a long time and was in an artificial coma. He caught the virus from tango dancing and narrowly escaped death. The situation in Germany and the world remains precarious and many questions remain unanswered. As long as normality hasn't returned, there are still opportunities to be discovered: Since I've been back home because of Corona, I've been dancing Forró with my parents almost every day! And if there's nobody around you to infect - what speaks against it to learn the accordion? Or triangle?
As you may have noticed, this article contains more questions than answers. The thoughts and ideas are not mature solutions and do not intend to be. Rather, this article wants to be seen as the start of a discussion that we will definitely need sooner or later. I think sooner is better than later.
I would therefore be happy to meet you with your opinion in the comments!