WD110 - [POSTPONED] Italian Folk Tradition: Learn How to Play & Dance Pizzica!

with Carmen Marsico , Davide Roberto 

❖ ❖ ❖ These workshops have been postponed, due to CDC & government recommendations against public gatherings, and bans on International travel, while the COVID-19 virus pandemic is being addressed. We hope to reschedule these workshops when Mercedes & Santiago arrange another visit to the US. Thank you very much for your understanding & arts patronage. ❖ ❖ ❖

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Southern Italian Folk Tradition:
Learn How to Play & Dance Pizzica!
Presented by
Carmen Marsico & Davide Roberto

Wednesday, April 8th, 6:30-8:30pm

6:30pm: Tamburello Workshop
7:30pm: Pizzica Dance Workshop

At the Cambridge Community Center for the Arts (CCCA)

500 Kendall Street, Cambridge, MA 02142

Southern Italian folk tradition traces its roots back to ancient Greece, with connections to Iran, Egypt and Andalusia, as well as to the traditions of the Gypsies who traveled from Rajasthan through North Africa, Morocco and Spain to Sicily and Calabria. Dancer /singer Carmen Marsico, will teach the steps of Pizzica, the most popular folk dance in Italy right now, and percussionist/singer Davide Roberto will teach the basic techniques on how to play pizzica on the Italian tambourine (tamburello).

This dynamic dance originated as a cure for the mythical bite of the Tarantula. Coming from Puglia, the original term is "Pizzica Tarantata", where "Pizzica" means "bite", referring to the "bite of love" that occurred when subconscious desires were repressed by the society. In the South of Italy mostly women were afflicted by the mythical "bite", and the only treatment was through music and dance. The origins of this type of tarantella date back to the ancient orgiastic Greek rites in honor of the God Dionysus, performed by women who reached a state of euphoria, dancing to the rhythms of tambourines. Nowadays the tarantismo has disappeared and we are left with a more courtship form of this style, that is typically danced in pairs, not necessarily involving two individuals of opposite sex. In fact, very often two women can be seen dancing together. See a taste of the dance and music at www.youtube.com/watch?v=ziuDyjmK0ls & www.youtube.com/watch?v=q0MfqwCgaiA.

Register Online for Both Workshops:

$35 for General Admission
$33 for Students/Seniors/Public Servants/BDA/DNE/DAN/Union members/Veterans

Register for One Workshop:

$20 for General Admission
$19 for Students/Seniors/Public Servants/BDA/DNE/DAN/Union members/Veterans


Parking, Train Access, & Directions:

❖ 2-hour metered parking & 1-hour free parking
❖ Red (Kendall/MIT) station within walking distance
❖ Affordable garage parking (only $10 after 4 p.m. on weekdays, and $12 any time on weekends) at 350 Kendall Street
GPS: Intersection of Kendall St. & Athenaeum St.

Category World Dance
Class Level All Levels
Class Type Session
Age Type Teens & Adults
Age Range 12 & Up

General Notes:

For dancers & musicians of all levels; No partner necessary.

What to Bring for the Music Workshop:

If you have one/both, please bring a frame drum with cymbals. (Some will be provided.)

What to Wear for the Dance Workshop:

Students may want to wear comfortable clothes! For women ideally a midi or long skirt or leggings would be great. Men can wear jeans/pants. Best shoes to wear are: shoes without tread at the bottom will work well, so twists and turns will happen easily. Barefoot is okay as well!

Online Registration:

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Register for Both Workshops
❖ "Pre-Register - 1 classes" for $35 General Admission
❖ "Block 1 - 1 classes" for $33 Students/Seniors/Public Servants/BDA/DNE/DAN/Union members/Veterans Admission

Register for One Workshop
❖ "Drop In - 1 class" for $20 General Admission
❖ "Block 2 - 1 classes" for $19 Students/Seniors/Public Servants/BDA/DNE/DAN/Union members/Veterans Admission

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❖ Artist/Workshop Info: carmenmarsico2020@gmail.com or (617) 792-1395
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Available Sessions:
12:00 am 12:00 am