Lorke (L* and 2*), Loorke, Լորկե – Kurdish/Armenian, Anatolian
*a Living dance is a 1st Generation dance that is still performed in the country of origin (or immigrant communities) as part of a social event like a wedding where others can participate (not for an audience) by people who learned the dance informally (from friends and relatives by observation and imitation, not in a classroom situation). For more information, click here and here.
Let’s start with the first controversy. Kurds and Armenians have different ideas of the origin and meaning of the word Lorke. From the 525 comments under the YouTube below:
“Lorke is Kurdish word and song. Lorke is mean make cheese. Lor is kind a cheese and -ke is mean make in Kurdish. Like “neke,bike,ceke,seke….”. “Lorke Lorke xanim/xatun lorke.”
“Lor means quail and -ke is a suffix. It means the exact same thing because it was borrowed from Armenian.”
“Lor-Lorik means quark in english and -ke means do. Lorke means prepare quark in Kurdish.”
“Lorik is a food that is eaten in breakfasts. Made from milk. And -ke is a word in Kurdish grammar.exp: ‘temashe ke’ watch ‘temashe neke’ don’t watch.”
“Lorik or Lor(folk) means quail in Armenian.”
“The word “Lorkê” is Kurdish and means “berceuse” / “lullaby”. Even the “ê” at the end of “Lorkê” signals the feminine vocative case in Kurdish: “Kurdish has a vocative case. For instance, in the dialect of Kurmanji, it is created by adding the suffix -o at the end of masculine words and the -ê suffix at the end of feminine ones.” https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vocative_case The word “Lorkê” was simply taken from Kurdish into Armenian.”
LORKE LORKE – THE SONG
Lorke Lorkeis an ancient folk song (whether originally Armenian or Kurdish is under constant dispute) with a steadily evolving but always simple and catchy melody and constantly updated lyrics.
Meanwhile many Turks think of it as just another Anatolian folk song.
Turks are also more willing to play with the arrangement.
LORKE LORKE – THE DANCE
It appears many residents of Anatolia think of Lorke Lorke as a song with which to apply one of their generic dances.