The town of Verges, near Girona, is famous for its Dansa de la Mort (Catalan for “Dance of the Death” or “Macabre Dance”) celebrations every Holy Week, probably the last remaining Dance of Death in Europe, performed uninterruptedly since the Middle Ages.
The Dance of the Death is a medieval allegorical concept of the all-conquering and equalizing power of death, expressed in the drama, poetry, music, and visual arts of western Europe, mainly in the late Middle Ages. It is a literary or pictorial representation of a procession or dance of both living and dead figures, the living arranged in order of their rank, from pope and emperor to child, clerk, and hermit, and the dead leading them to the grave. It was given impetus by the Black Death and the Hundred Years’ War. Though depictions declined after the 16th century, the theme was revived in literature and music of the 19th–20th centuries.
WHEN?: Western Easter Week
The audio is in Catalan yet the video will give you an idea on what to expect when visiting the event.
How to get there from Barcelona
Video: © Marco Zouvek