Ainhoa Agirreazaldegi (arg. S. Dabadie)
Bertsularis perform without makeup, in everyday clothes (no special costume
or specific style of clothing) and without any special effects.
With their hands behind their back or in their pockets, the spoken word
is rarely accompanied by any kind of gesture. The beauty of
improvisation is in their voice.
Nevertheless improvisation requires a talent which is not common.
Bertsularis must have a tremendous memory, a high level of education in the
field of song, a sense of rhythm, self-confidence and faith in their
creative abilities, plus good timing which enables them to act quickly.
This all requires a great deal of effort.
Some are born bertsularis and have the essential innate qualities, but
you become a good bertsulari ... through hard work.
The background of bertsularis
A sense of image and timing
A remarkable memory