The pizzica and Taranta, the typical Apulian dances

ballo della taranta

Dancing

Tarantella (Italian pronunciation: [taranˈtɛlla]) is a group of various folk dances characterized by a fast upbeat tempo,  accompanied by tambourines. It is among the most recognized forms of traditional southern Italian music. The specific dance-name varies with every region, for instance tammurriata in Campania, pizzica in the Salento region, and Sonu a ballu in Calabria. Tarantella is popular in Southern Italy and Argentina.

A good Wiki introduction. But to have an idea of it, come and dance with us!

taranta under the olive trees

At sunset the silent, centenary olive trees will be our scenario for this incredible experience. Dancing the Tarantella and the Pizzica, typical dances of our tradition, means lots more than moving rhythmically. The typical double step, the sound of tambourines, the circles around an imaginary altar in a crescendo euphoria to release the poison through sweat. In ancient time dance was the only cure to save from the poison of the black widow, the Tarantula, a savage local spider.

Its hitch made woman become crazy, they shouted and, barefoot, wiggled in any direction and immediately after  felt into an almost catatonic state that could last long time. A  group of 2-3 citizens able to play an instrument – usually a guitar, a violin and a tambourine – offered for free to play music for saving her, even for days, till she felt exausted on the ground. The poison effect was over.

(see here for more details about the origin of Tarantismo – Ita text)

         This is a part of the history…

Among the dance steps we will also discover stories and legends that have been handed down, from the mist of time, the role of a scarf, and many rituals will be revealed… We will explain also results of modern academic researches with their anthropological and psychological studies of an uncommon phenomenon. 

An exciting experience towards the heart of Puglia…

At the end a tasting with some local food, wine and water included.

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DURATION: 3 hours.

BEGINNING HOUR: 18:00


NOTE: Pls prefer comfortable clothes. We will invite you to dance barefoot. The area is covered with carpets.

For extra people or personalized XP, pls contact us at +39.3398686335 or wirte us at info@nordsalentotour.com

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