Traditional Dances Festival
Festival of popular dances in Villajoyosa this Saturday
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