Workshop | Folk Dances of Calabria with Agata Scopelliti, Mico Corapi and Piero Crucitti

Saturday 6 July, 16.00 – 18.00 | Castello Ursino
Sunday 7 July, 18.00 – 20.00 | Settevoci, Castiglione di Sicilia (CT)


The style taught is exclusively related to the Sonu in Ballu della Valle del Sant’Agata (8km from RC). This area of southern Aspromonte is probably the last area in Calabria where there is a living tradition of music and dance that has managed to maintain itself to this day thanks to the direct transmission from father to son.


Activities of the Workshop


  • Theoretical and practical presentation of dance
  • Observations on the dance in Aspromonte, the historical geographical context, the dance linked to the moments of individual and collective life
  • The rota
  • The figure of the Mastru i ballu
  • The musical instruments
  • Basic steps and postures


This workshop aims to focus in particular on listening to music, rhythm and transposition into dance. Piero Crucitti and Mico Corapi, as musicians, will guide the participants in the interpretation of sounds to understand the dynamics and apply them to the steps. Laboratory useful both to those who are already familiar with the Sonu a ballu, both to those who have little knowledge.


Agata Scopelliti, born and raised in Cataforìo (RC), teaches traditional dance and promotes seminars and meetings on the musical culture of the Sant’Agata valley. He collaborates with the Ass. Cult. Conservatorio Grecanico since its origins. U Stegg’s teacher, over the years he has participated in festivals of music and popular dance both in Italy and abroad. In 2005 he supports and contributes to the birth of Radici del Suono, a festival and workshops of music and traditional dances of central-southern Italy that will give birth in 2007 to Roman Holiday Festival of Popular Music. Since 2010 she has been a founding member of the cultural association Nonsense. Since 2011 she has been collaborating with Spazio Trad in Turin. Teacher of South in Dance at the Popular School of Arts in Rome, association with which he gave birth in 2014 to the Meeting of Popular Dances.


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