Monday, May 21, 2012
Now we know what the Sardana looks like
Today at noon we arrived at the ballroom in the village for another event in the St. Baldiri festival. It was sardanes dancing, a Catalan folk dance that is a symbol of Catalonian pride. We had no idea what to expect but there up on the stage was the orchestra, called a cobla, which is specific to the sardana. It was comprised of two trumpets, two trombone-type instruments played like trumpets, a double bass, a flabiol i tambori, which is a piccolo-type instrument played with one hand while the other beats a small drum. It was rounded out with tible and tenora, Catalan members of the oboe family.
We had read that the dance would be followed by a 'vermut passeig' which we translated hopefully as 'vermouth walk'. After our experience with the chocolate walk, we approached this with caution. Potato chips, olives and quantities of cava -- Spanish sparkling wine, which comes mainly from Catalunya -- were laid out on tables for everyone to enjoy. No vermouth, but a lovely ending to the sardana dance.