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Southern Italian Folk Tradition:
Learn How to Play & Dance Pizzica!
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)
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.
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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!
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