Within the event Cinemapasta, bimonthly appointment with Italian food and cinema,
Isabella Ruggiero, experienced dancer and choreographer, will introduce the participants to the cultural background of Tammurriata – a combined form of music, canto and dance – as well as to the basic techniques of dancing and drumming.La Tammurriata belongs to the wide family of Tarantella dances, spread all over the south of the Italian peninsula. Names such as ” Tarantella” or “Ballo sul tamburo” were, indeed, also used to refer to Tammurriata but they have been falling into disuse.
The workshop will be structured in two parts:
Part 1 – dance technique, dance etiquette, practical skills and theoretical knowledge on the rhythm of the drum Tammorra,verses, rhymes, jokes and the conventional expressions and the metrical structure of the canto.
Part 2 – We will examine the style known as “Dell’agro Nocerino-Sarnese”, area in the province of Salerno, Campania, Italy.The style has hypnotic trend at times more rhythmic and bouncy that has its pick in the the orgasmic phase of the “votata”, turning of the dancers on aech other axes.
La Tammurriata in the southern Italian musical tradition: ritual and myth
La Tammuriata is a music tradition lived in the rural areas around the volcano Vesuvius, in the South of Italy. Throughout the transformation of seasons, the tradition connects the existentiality of the local population with their everyday social lives and work, the earth and the elements of nature, and with their ancestors and spirituality. With utter devotion and care, la Tammuriata has been passed on as a strictly oral tradition over many generations. It exists today an intriguing tradition transcending the limits of everyday space and time in a powerful ritual to cleanse up the social and metaphysical tensions that obstruct the eternal progression and repetition of life’s cycles.
Isabella Ruggiero (Napoli, Italy) is dancer, researcher and choreographer of traditional dances from the South of Italy, Egypt and the Middle East. Isabella is based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and organizes artistic residencies in the Netherlands with the aim of creating a bridge between Mediterranean and local culture and to spread music and dance from the Mediterranean abroad.