Tarantella: Southern Italy's Folk Music and Dance Traditions

The folk music and dance traditions of Southern Italy, widely known as the tarantella, are as diverse as the Italian peninsula and islands’ regional cuisines and languages. This lecture-demonstration and interactive class will introduce the history, legends, rhythms, music, and dance steps employed for centuries by the people of Apulia, Campania, and Sicily. The presentation will connect participants to the timeless power of the tarantella and its exuberance, tenderness, and passion. Students should be prepared to sing and dance, and they will be introduced to the unique technique used for playing Italian frame drums.