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The Partisan

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The Partisan
40 Bar Strathspey For 3 Couples In A 3 Couple Set, Devised By Violaine Eysseric, 2019.

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This dance, The Partisan, was inspired by The Partisan - Song from the 1969 album "Songs From A Room" by Leonard Cohen and was devised on the 75th anniversary of D-Day.

When they poured across the border
I was cautioned to surrender
This I could not do
I took my gun and vanished.

This strathspey is dedicated to my wonderful grandfather, Louis Devèze - aka "Papou" - who was a member of the French Resistance (FFI), and to all the partisans who fought for freedom.

(Dance information by the deviser, Violaine Eysseric)


A partisan is a member of an irregular military force formed to oppose control of an area by a foreign power or by an army of occupation by some kind of insurgent activity.

The French Resistance (French: La Résistance) was the collection of French movements that fought against the Nazi German occupation of France and the collaborationist Vichy régime during the Second World War.

Resistance cells were small groups of armed men and women who, in addition to their guerrilla warfare activities, were also publishers of underground newspapers, providers of first-hand intelligence information, and maintainers of escape networks that helped Allied soldiers and airmen trapped behind enemy lines.

The Partisan - Information Video

Partisan Lucien Pélissou Identity Document
Identity Document Of French Resistance Fighter Lucien Pélissou


Dance information licensed under this Creative Commons Licence 3.0.
Text from this original Songs From A Room article on Wikipedia.
Text from this original Partisan (Military) article on Wikipedia.
Text from this original French Resistance article on Wikipedia.
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