Folk dances tell the story and traditions of a country. They are related to cultural roots and customs.
Over time, they changed into ceremonial dances or got associated with social events, but still retain a part of the artistic folk culture.
The folk dance of Apulia is the “pizzica”, a typical dance in southern Italy.
The origins go back a long way until the practices of the Greek worship cult of the god Dionysos.
In ancient times, Dionysos was very present in southern Italy and especially on the Salento peninsula. Legend has it that the god died every winter and was born again in spring. During the festivities, the peoples behaved unrestrainedly, drinking wine (the god Dionysus in Rome was identified with Bacchus) and dancing.
For the cult of the god Dionysus, people bitten by the tarantula were placed in a state of shock. By dancing the effect of the poison was neutralized and they could wake up and recover.
The pizzica was therefore initially a true pagan ritual associated with the Greek cult of the god Dionysus, the god of life energy.
With this tour, we want to honor this ancient tradition and get to know Apulia also through its dance.
Here in Taranto during this workshop you can let yourself be carried away by the music and the good mood.
Don’t miss the opportunity to experience and feel Apulia in an authentic way.
A small tasting of typical products completes the experience.