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A Vattute e ll’astreche

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Folk dance which revives the creation of the domed roof. A vattute e ll'astreche - ballo tipico ischitanoIn the island of Ischia, as in much of the Mediterranean basin, was used to build up to the 50s the roofs of the houses small barrel-shaped or hemispherical domes, called Carusiello, relevant to the greek architectural culture - Arabic. The construction was done according to standards , the outline was prepared with the frame of chestnut poles on which were resting

the “penicilli”(Bundles of dried vines), the surface is covered with clay (clay or other lava material) on which were supported the pumice stones (volcanic rocks also compact and lightweight but strong). After this stage, the owner of the house very early hoisted a flag, was the signal with which they were called to gather up family, friends, neighbors, classmates, ... well almost the whole country was involved and happy to contribute to the realization of the new house. Everyone who attended brought with them a strut, large pole with a larger part, this tool was used to compress the wet lime white lapilli living up to make it waterproof. This enormous effort lasted for three days, day and night without interruption. The stuters to alleviate these immense labors sang, told stories, rhymes, ... usually those who could play any instrument came. The houses now are built of reinforced concrete, a different story among illegal and devastation of our land, fortunately this tradition is being revived with this folk dance and dance for us that it almost seems that we build a house, given the enthusiasm and passion we put into this dance. The dance sequences are as follows: it begins with a song mercy seat: Jesc sole, and then to singing saluta allu padrone, to come to gossip prince of our country that Nu sacce succise a Murupane. The head master, in order not to lose the rhythm repeats from time to time: one, two and three, if someone lost the rhythm, since everyone had the same names, the head master called them and they followed the rhythm of others, if drinking and eating were slow to get they used to remember the chaos with a song: all of them there at miezziurn sunat. Then some rigmarole to get a new drink, this time quoting the vegetables and the vegetables. Following the anthem of stuters Sartulella ending with the Tarantella lu Ceras. Once the roof is used to throw the grain from time to time to avoid the appearance of small cracks. Meanwhile, the women came numerous, they delighted in the kitchen preparing delicious dishes and loved by all. The stuters after three days were happy, because finally they ate good and plentiful, all flocked to this final eaten, no one had financial compensation for this work. The dishes, both required and desired, were cooked to ditch the rabbit stewed in a tomato, wine and herb sauce and zeppole. The rabbit caught in the ditch with the "chienga" was killed and left in the wind for one night, the day after it was cut inside and browned the pork fat with whole heads of garlic, once you reach the color you put on her pink and white wine were added around the inner wound with parsley, red pepper and other spices, was just about to consume the white wine were added the tomatoes and basil prunnella or pointed. The rabbit was cooked in clay and shards of wood. The sauce that was obtained was used to dress the bucatini or ziti. Zeppole, naturally leavened flour for hours after mixing, once grown were cooked in boiling oil and assumed diverse shapes, once cooked was thrown on a layer of sugar. The men commented on the plates and expressed their opinions on the food, all washed down with homemade wine (the homeowner) based biancolella grapes, Uncle Bacchus Forastera and white wine, while red was made from the grapes Foot red, Guarnaccia, cammamele, ... After the great meal we started to dance (tammurriate and tarantella) and sing for a whole day with a parade of boats or baskets full of donuts. The people were happy because another citizen had managed to build a roof and then the nest where the prosperity of the family. Our wish is to buy a house with a moneybox and turn it into a museum of rural civilization why we ask you all to help us realize this dream, which allows us to preserve a heritage that is slowly disappearing. Dance of the scuola del Folklore.

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