Tra­di­tional Dances Fes­ti­val

Fes­ti­val of pop­u­lar dances in Vil­la­joyosa this Satur­day

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By Jo Pugh THIS SATUR­DAY, De­cem­ber 1 at 19:00, the 19th edi­tion of a tra­di­tional dance fes­ti­val takes place. The hosts, the Grup de Danses Cen­tener, will be joined by other na­tional and in­ter­na­tional groups, who will at­tend the fes­ti­val at the Teatre Au­di­tori in Vil­la­joyosa.

This will be a very spe­cial oc­ca­sion as the group is cel­e­brat­ing its 25th an­niver­sary, and for the oc­ca­sion a veteran group, the Aso­ciación Cul­tural Con de Xido from Cas­trelo, in Cam­ba­dos (Pon­teve­dra), has been in­vited. Cas­trelo's group, founded in 1987, can boast of be­ing one of the most im­por­tant tra­di­tional dance and mu­sic groups of the Gali­cian Rías Baixas re­gion, with a sec­tion of bag­pipes and a dance sec­tion with peo­ple aged be­tween 4 and 65 years. They have per­formed through­out all of Spain and in France, Por­tu­gal and Ger­many, as well as in numer­ous re­gional and na­tional TV pro­grammes. They in­ter­pret mainly 'muiñeiras' (typ­i­cal dances of Gali­cia, mean­ing 'milling dances'), but also jo­tas, fan­dan­gos or pan­deiradas. Their dances rep­re­sent the two liveli­hoods of the Sal­nés re­ gion: the coun­try­side and the sea

The hosts, the Grup de Danses Cen­tener (pic­tured) also wanted to share the fes­ti­val with a group closer to home. The Tra­di­tional Mu­sic and Dance Group l'Es­par­denya i el Can­teret are ful­fill­ing a very im­por­tant task of re­cov­ery and shar­ing of folk­lore in Sant Joan d'Ala­cant. The group or­gan­ises cul­tural ex­changes, per­for­mances at lo­cal par­ties and events, classes in ed­u­ca­tional cen­tres and mu­sic and dance events.

The hosts will put on stage their ron­dalla (folk mu­sic group), the Colla de Dolçain­ers i Ta­baleters (Dulzaina and Drum Group) and a part of its folk dance group of all ages, in­clud­ing the chil­dren’s academy (the "Es­co­leta") and mem­bers of the Les Talaies Oc­cu­pa­tional Cen­tre. They will per­form some tra­di­tional Va­len­cian pieces of dif­fer­ent styles, such as jo­tas, fan­dan­gos and the im­pres­sive ‘ball d'Ú’ (Ú dance, a typ­i­cal Va­len­cian style) known as ' Vet­la­tori. The Vet­la­tori is known as one of the most beau­ti­ful and an­cient dances of the Va­len­cia re­gion, which was sung and danced when an ' al­ . bat' died (a child girl un­der the age of 8), a sit­u­a­tion that was rel­a­tively fre­quent in past cen­turies. It is a solemn dance that was danced in the house of the de­ceased. The Church banned it in the eigh­teenth cen­tury, but pop­u­lar cul­ture has pre­served it to present day.

Va­len­cian dulzainas and Gali­cian bag­pipes will an­i­mate the cen­tre of Vil­la­joyosa in a pa­rade of the groups which will start at around 18:00 from Vil­a­museu, on Calle de Colón, and fin­ish­ing at the Teatre Au­di­tori.

Tick­ets for the show in the theatre are just €3 and can be pur­chased in ad­vance at the Ramón y Ca­jal Florist (13, Ramón y Ca­jal St.) or at the Teatro Au­di­to­rio la Vila Joiosa just be­fore the show.

Al­ter­na­tively, you can call An­to­nio Espinosa on 622 322 371. English speak­ers are avail­able to an­swer the tele­phone.

Grup de Danses Cen­tener

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