The Ball de Bastons, a tradition that a group of young people have recovered for the city of Mataró

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Pau Benítez, a member of the group, tells us how the Mataró Cane Dance was born. From its beginnings, with the Esbart Dansaire d’Iluro, until they consolidated themselves as an entity of popular culture that values ​​the youth of its members.

The beginning of the Mataró Cane Dance group can be found in the “Vermut de Bastons”, the event that has been incorporated into the program of Les Santes, our Festa Major, for some years now. At the time, they were a group of dancers from the Iluro Squad.

The first news of a pole dancing in the Catalan Countries is in Tortosa in 1558. Pau Benítez explains in the interview how they have been maintained and recovered in the Maresme region. We will learn about the role of characters such as Joan Tomàs and Esteve Albert.

In addition to the music, in Mataró with a large amount of flabiol paper, the model is different depending on the territory. Items such as the number or size of the sticks may differ from place to place.

The Ball of Batons does not have a special interest in going to dance outside the city, which the Bastoners of Mataró already do. They continue to dedicate their efforts to the Santes event which was their origin and which they share with the Bastoners gang.

Looking to the future, Pau Benítez trusts in the addition of new people to the gang and that its current members will not be essential.

Here you can listen to the entire program.

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