7.00 P.M. TOWN HALL SQUARE
MAGICA RONDA - Pizzica workshop organised by the Taranta Dance Band and with the girls and boys of the coop. L'ADELFIA
8.30 P.M. PIAZZA CAVALLOTTI
Taranta Talk MARIA FRANCESCA MARIANO Gender identity between legality and popular culture
Followed by a dance talk with CARMINE D'AMICO and JONATHAN ENEA COSTA
10 PM TOWN HALL SQUARE
ANTONIO AMATO ENSEMBLE
On 19 August, Cutrofiano will host a stage of the travelling festival 'La Notte della Taranta'. It will start at 7 p.m. in Piazza Municipio: dance will be the protagonist with the special project MAGICA RONDA in collaboration with the Coop L'Adelfia di Alessano, included in Taranta per il Sociale: the girls and boys guests of the therapeutic communities will be the protagonists of the special dance involving the community in the inclusive and solidarity round. (Attached are photos of the Magica Ronda rehearsals at the tetro Cavallino Bianco in Galatina).
At 8.30 p.m., a new appointment with Taranta Talk, the novelty of this edition that has seen writers, philosophers as guests of the cultural salons to discuss the theme of Identity. In the city of ceramics it will be the turn of judge Maria Francesca Mariano in Gender Identity between legality and popular culture. Her meeting will be enriched by demonstrative dance interventions that Maria Francesca Mariano herself will offer Carmine D'amico and Jonathan Enea Costa, who will figuratively comment on the dialogue.
At 8.30 p.m. a new appointment with Taranta Talk, the novelty of this edition that has seen writers, philosophers and guests of the cultural salons to discuss the theme of Identity. In the city of ceramics it will be the turn of judge Maria Francesca Mariano in Gender Identity between legality and popular culture. Her meeting will be enriched by demonstrative dance interventions that Maria Francesca Mariano herself will offer Carmine D'amico and Jonathan Enea Costa, who will figuratively comment on the dialogue.
It will continue at 10 p.m. in Piazza Municipio with the music of Le Malmaritate, a true artistic container, formed by Gabriella Grasso (voice and guitar), Valentina Ferraiuolo (voice and drums), Emilia Belfore (violin), Concetta Sapienza (bass clarinet and soprano clarinet) and Elena Guerriero (keyboards and synth),) a journey that began in 2013 at the Centro Culture Zo in Catania and has since led them to tread prestigious Italian stages.
The conclusion will be entrusted to Antonio Amato Ensemble, one of the historic voices of the Popular Orchestra La Notte della Taranta.
Since the Middle Ages and up to the 16th century, the desires of maidens yearning for a husband, the regrets of brides in the aftermath of forced weddings, wrong choices or disillusionments in married life, found an outlet in the songs of 'malmaritate' women, who over time have become cornerstones of our popular history and culture. And it is from these 'cantautrici' (female songwriters) that the Malmaritate project is inspired, a true artistic container, formed by Gabriella Grasso (voice and guitar), Valentina Ferraiuolo (voice and drums), Emilia Belfore (violin), Concetta Sapienza (bass clarinet and soprano clarinet) and Elena Guerriero (keyboards and synth),) a journey that began in 2013 at the Centro Culture Zo in Catania and has since taken them to tread prestigious Italian stages. A path along which, however, they also wanted to confront difficult realities, from the boys at the Bicocca juvenile penitentiary in Catania to the numerous anti-violence centres that support women victims of abuse, with whom they organised live events to raise funds for the cause, fto the meeting with the Associazione Nazionale Volontarie del Telefono Rosa Onlus, which decided to invest them with the role of Ambassadors, also sponsoring the group's first record project, 'Ognunu havi 'n sigretu', released on 25 November last year and featuring four leading artists from the Italian music and film scene: Nada, Claudia Gerini, Carmen Consoli and Donatella Finocchiaro. The album premiered at the Auditorium Parco della Musica in Rome on the International Day Against Violence Against Women and featured two special guests: Claudia Gerini and Donatella Finocchiaro.
Antonio Amato is one of the voices of the Popular Orchestra of La Notte della Taranta. He began singing as a child, accompanying his grandfather, and over the years he honed his singing skills, creating his own personal style of the traditional Salento music repertoire, from serenades to pizziches, from work songs and protest songs to stornelli, from lullabies to death songs, making it his own, personalising it and thus becoming a bearer of the musical tradition and not an aseptic interpreter. Over time, this vocation and passion of his for singing, which he often accompanies with his tambourine, is discovered and grasped by ethnomusicological research workers, who lead him to found his own group, which immediately becomes a point of reference for the younger generations who are approaching this new but very ancient musical world. Since 2004 he has been the lead vocalist of the Notte della Taranta Orchestra and has shared the stage with artists such as Stewart Copeland, Franco Battiato, Gianna Nannini, Francesco di Giacomo, Francesco De Gregori, Piero Pelù, Giovanna Marini, Ambrogio Sparagna, Giovanni Lindo Ferretti, Davide Van De Sfroos, Sonia Bergamasco, Sud Sound System, Pino Ingrosso and all the great guests that have appeared edition after edition.
The 2023 edition of the La Notte della Taranta Festival, which started on 1 August, will cross 25 towns and villages in the Salento region, the Torre Guaceto nature reserve and the iconic Sant'Andrea bay, with over 400 guests including musicians, dancers, actors, writers and philosophers, until 27 August. An edition that promises to be extraordinary and that confirms La Notte della Taranta as the largest Italian travelling festival promoting popular music as a score of emotions born from the dialogue between the arts, interweaving and creating reflections and insights with dance, theatre, literature, philosophy and will lead, stage after stage to the Concertone on 26 August in Melpignano (Le), to the long night with concertmaster FIORELLA MANNOIA and will be broadcast on 2 September on RAI 1, in late evening with direction by Stefano Mignucci, set design by Marco Calzavara and photography by Marco Lucarelli.
The Ragnatela della Taranta continues on 20 August Aradeo for the first time included in the Festival, 21 August Martignano, 22 August Soleto, 23 August Sternatia, 24 August Martano, 26 August CONCERTONE DI MEPIGNANO, 27 August Galatina - Notte delle Ronde. FREE ADMISSION.
The theme of this 26th edition is IDENTITY, inspired by Italo Calvino, the writer whose birth centenary falls this year: "Identity is a bundle of divergent lines that find their point of interest in the individual," wrote Calvino in The Civilisation of Machines. A theme-world to interpret current reality addressed in lectio magistralis by philosopher Umberto Galimberti, guest speaker in Martano on 24 August, by Tlon philosophers Maura Gancitano and Andrea Colamedici on 21 August in Martignano, by criminal judge Maria Francesca Mariano on 19 August in Cutrofiano, by journalist Marcello Veneziani on 23 August in Sternatia, by theologian Vito Mancuso on 8 August in Alessano, by writer Stefano Massini on 17 August in Galatina, by journalist and writer Angelo Mellone on 13 August in Galatone.
Festival 2023 is dedicated to Luigi Chiriatti, the artistic director who passed away recently and who worked until the end of his days on the Taranta Itinerante programme.
The Itinerant Festival is a cultural project of the Notte della Taranta Foundation financed by the PUGLIA REGION and PUGLIAPROMOZIONE with the contribution of the Union of Municipalities of the Grecìa Salentina and the Ministry of Culture and the collaboration of the Diego Carpitella Institute. The Notte della Taranta Foundation thanks the Torre Guaceto Nature Reserve and the municipalities of Corigliano d'Otranto, Calimera, Sogliano Cavour, Nociglia, Racale, Cursi, Alessano, Ugento, Melendugno, Carpignano Salentino, Nardò, Galatone, Zollino, Galatina, Castrignano de' Greci, Cutrofiano, Aradeo, Martignano, Soleto, Sternatia, Martano, Melpignano and the city of Lecce.
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