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During its performances the Group dances a "tarantella": it is a lively, vivacious, direct and liberating dancing, widespread in all southern Italy with different characteristics in every area.


Our tarantella is vibrant and unbridled thanks to the classic 6/8 and to the instruments such as tambourine and "gran cascia".
The sound of the accordion is wrapped by the unconditioned use of the murtali, tambourines, palu and zampogne (reed-pipes).
The dancers’ costumes are magic.
With their typical red and black colours able  to  create   among   colours  and


images ancestrals desires that it is hard to forget.

We think that the name "tarantella" had origin from a medieval frenetic dancing due to a tarantula’s bite. Who were bitten shook himself in order to remove the spider’s poison before going mad.


:: The most famous folkloristic dances ::
Tarantella du Pollino

The most representative dancing is certainly the "Tarantella du Pollino" in which harmony, strength and liveliness are elements that transpire in our culture.
This tarantella was danced yesterday and today in our little and friendly village. Mormanno is at the centre of Parco Nazionale del Pollino: all these elements the mountain, its culture and the beautiful views get the living tradition and overall protected from external influences. This determined a pure specialization and differentiation in dancing and singing for every little village of Pollino.
The elliptical and circular movement of dancing describes the beginning and the end of every thing, something like implying cosmic perfection...


The "Quadriglia" is perhaps one of the most famous dancing known in the world; it is a dance rich in figures and images.
"Quadriglia" is a typical dance of weddings. A curiosity: many years ago the music was only live and who hadn’t friends had to call little orchestra; they were paid by the "cumpari" (the witness) who had to “direct the dance”.


The "Fagona" is a particular tarantella danced on the occasion of Saint Joseph’s anniversary (on 19th March of every year).

During this occasion the children picked up holy bread from religious families that not only give out bread but every person could lunch with them. It was a particular lunch, rich in life, tradition and overall love toward the neighbour. Usually table-companions tasted these types of dishes: "fasuli russi n'dra pignata" (beans cooked in a typical clay pot called "pignata"), "laganu cu ciciri" (a special and typical pasta of Mormanno spiced with excellent chickpeas cultivated at Pantano) and "baccalà frittu" (fried stockfish).

During the previous month the children of the village had to pick up large quantities of wood in order to make a big and beautiful bonfire in saint’s honour. At the end of the day every person could celebrate dancing around the bonfire until late in the night.


During its long life Mormanno saw a lot of people: Longobards, Basilians, Normans, Spaniards, Angevins, Aragoneses and the French etc.
All of these people left an important mark on the Mormanno culture. This type of dance confirms what has been said: a Minuet of French origin was danced in the lords’ houses to celebrate the engagement rite.
Mormanno people not only acquired the dance but mixed it with an ancient alchemic process through tarantella creating a rich in colour dancing steeped in history and tradition.

Ballu da spica russa

It is a dance created by the group in order to recall an event of joy: the "spannocchiatura".
Little moments where left to peasants for celebrating, in particular way for the young people eager to know the girl forever loved and never known. During the "spannocchiatura" who found a "spica russa" (that is to say a red ear of wheat), could dance with a beloved girl and therefore declare his own love.

Ballu da fratellenza

During our long trips we are always looking for richness of other people: our lives become rich of new sounds, new way of view the world.
In this way every time we give hospitality to a new culture we desire to “listen to”, through their language, their music, their usages and customs. During their stay in our little village of Mormanno, in a dance dedicated to our guests, we received many “gifts”….
Why? It’s simple: because “Diversity is Wealth”. Hate and Intolerance wouldn’t find fertile soil if everyone of us know better himself and therefore the others.