Tuesday 28th June 2022 – Mike Smith
Source: press release – Grup de Danses Portitxol
The Grup de Danses Portitxol exists purely with the clear idea of maintaining the traditional music and dances of Xàbia and the Marina Alta. The group’s main objective is to promote and encourage the customs and traditions transmitted by our ancestors, as well as recover the dances and songs of the region itself and also other Valencian regions.
The group is one of the oldest in Xàbia with more than 50 years of history and two CDs published in recent years, in collaboration with the Generalitat Valenciana. The first of these was “Cançons de la Marina”, a compilation of traditional music of the region, and the second “El Dolçainer del Portitxol”, a story-disc about the mythical origin of the festivities of Sant Joan set in the pandemic of Spanish flu of 1918 recorded by the Colla Portitxol of dolçaines and percussion. The latter has had the participation of prominent figures in Valencian music. Josep Nadal as narrator, Pep Gimeno Botifarra and Sandra Monfort as protagonists and they are accompanied by Xavi Sarrià, Feliu Ventura, Jonatan Penalba, Xiomara Abello, Flora Sempere (El Diluvi), Ivan Gosp and Kiko Tur, (Aspencat), among others.
The 2022-23 course of the Portitxol Schools begins in October and will end in May 2023, but pre-registration is already open. The minimum age for Tabalet (traditional percussion) and dances will be for those born in 2017 and for the other instruments it will be for those born in 2012. Classes will be held Monday and Tuesday for dolçaina and string instruments, Wednesday traditional dances and Thursday tabalet dances.
Registration can be done online here on Google Forms.
For more information or any questions, interested can telephone 636 656 642 (from 10am to 2pm) or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.