The Carnival Tarantella returns on Sunday 11 February to the Auditorium Parco della Musica “Ennio Morricone”, an original project by Ambrogio Sparagna for the Italian Popular Orchestra of the Auditorium Parco della Musica, the Coro Popolare directed by Anna Rita Colaianni and the Group Popular Dancers directed by Francesca Trenta and with the participation of the traditional masked groups, I Giganti degli Aurunci (LT/CE), I Pulgenelle di Castiglione Messer Marino (CH) and Le Maschere Cornute di Aliano (MT).
A great party for everyone, young and old, with the participation of traditional masks and dancers, who will enliven a great concert at 11.00 in Sala Sinopoli to the rhythm of overwhelming and dizzying tarantellas, and will be the protagonists of a masked parade, open to all, at 1.00 pm in the spaces outside the Auditorium.
The protagonists of this eighth edition will be some traditional groups of masks from Campania, Lazio, Abruzzo and Basilicata.
With their large proportions, built with papier-mâché and other poor materials that recall the ancient figures of the Commedia dell’Arte, the Giants of the Aurunci continue to characterize many carnival celebrations in those small villages where the typical popular farce of the “Song of Zeza and Pulcinella”.
The Pulgenelle of Castiglione Messer Marino are the most evocative mask of the traditional Carnival of the Abruzzo village. This Pulgenella is characterized by his original costume in which a large pointed hat stands out which recalls a series of magical ritual meanings typical of the archaic peasant world of the internal area of the central Apennines.
Aliano’s horned masks evoke demonic and clumsy creatures, whose threatening character is mitigated by the colorful hats that decorate their heads. Built with clay and papier-mâché, pronounced horns and enormous drooping noses emerge from the front. At the top of the hats there is a hole decorated with a rooster feather. The groups of traditional masks will parade accompanied by the dizzying dance actions performed by the Auditorium’s Ballet Corps, coordinated by Francesca Trenta, giving life to an engaging show, which will offer all participants a regenerative, hypnotic and overwhelming force for a great popular festival .
Auditorium Parco della Musica “Ennio Morricone”, via Pietro de Coubertin, 30, Rome