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Traditional Dancings

Traditional Dancings

Sant Isidre & La Pila in Taüll

In Taüll, on the 3rd Sunday of July and coinciding with the Festivity, the dance of Sant Isidre is danced: the boys of the village run around the saint to take his riches, while he defends himself with his cane. After taking the "garllà" (a cake) the boys of the village dance in a circle and turning the row of men becomes the base of the pile, a three-story human tower called Pila. In the middle of Taüll Square a base is formed, the first floor and is crowned by a single man who, standing, greets the four cardinal points with his arms raised. Finally, he dances upside down with his feet to the sound of the music on the stack.

Legend has it that in a year of great drought in which there were no harvests and a great famine, the inhabitants of Taüll, in despair, entrusted themselves to Sant Isidre to help them. The saint made his way to Taüll to bring them the remedy, and to endure the long journey, he carried a boot of wine and a cake called Garllà. When he arrived, the young people of Taüll did not recognize him and ran desperately towards him, taking the cake he was carrying to eat.

Ball Pla in Taüll & Durro

The Ball Pla is danced during the celebration of the main festivities of Taüll and also of Durro. The dancers are people from the village, where the couples are made up of a married man and a single woman and a single man and a married woman. The couples stand one behind the other in a row as they move forward and the women turn on themselves. The group of all the dancers opens to the whole square in the form of a fan, in pairs, side by side as they continue to dance and the women spinning. The pace picks up, the couples line up again, and the dance continues along the perimeter of the square.