The most famous popular dance in the world under the Sorrentine interpretation
No one, coming to Sorrento, can miss the temptation to find the pleasures that only the Tarantella performance is capable of offering.
Considered as the most famous popular dance in the world, in fact, the Tarantella itself enables indescribable joy and wellbeing that stand along the streets of the Land of Sirens giving you a magical atmosphere.
The musical intensity that accompanies the dance, the grace of the dancers and their movements, the vibrancy of colors of the costumes, are a genuine anthem to happiness and represent the most authentic expression of the joy of life. This is the reason that several do not consider the Tarantella only as splendid folkloric expression, but also as a very suggestive business card to the Sorrentine Coast.
Difficult to establish if it is easier to be dragged by the music played by instruments as the tambourines, the guitar, the mandolin, the violin, the castanets, the double-bass and the squeeze-box (aside from all other typical local instruments) or to be hypnotized from the beauty of the costumes rich in multicoloured velvet, refined lace and gold embroidery.
Born as a popular dance, the Tarantella, along the years has turned into an original tourist attraction, becoming a point of interest for so many guests that visit Sorrento.
Thanks to this new vocation, nowadays, you can attend organized performances that, with magnificent choreography and scenario cared to the details, propose as background of the stage the panorama of the Old Sorrento landscape.
By being such an ancient manifestation, there are no certain or confirmed origins of this dance, however the fact that the Tarantella is considered the most beautiful love dance, renders suggestive the legend that legitimates the “old sibling” in the Land of Sirens.
According to Anton Giulio Bragaglia, the Tarantella movements would have been used by the Sirens to charm Ulysses. Their sensuality would have provoked the anger of the “Grazie” (famous Greek goddesses) that punished the sirens by transforming their legs into fish tails giving representation to the mythological characters that all know.