From the Barcelona Auditorium, closure of a New Year’s concert in the late 90s broadcasted by TV3, the Catalan National Television. The sardana named the Santa Espina (‘Holy Thorn‘) composed by Angel Lieder and Enric Morera, is one of the most iconic and emotive sardanes as it praises Catalan patriotism. This sardana was banned under Francisco Franco’s dictatorship.
The sardana is a type of circle dance typical of Catalonia. The dance was originally from the Empordà region, but started gaining popularity throughout Catalonia during the 19th and 20th century. People join hands and dance in a circle in sync with the drum taps. The Sardana Dance Statuary, located in El Mirador de l’Alcalde in Barcelona, is dedicated to celebrate this form of dance. It was created in 1966 by Josep Cañas. Mannequins dressed up in traditional gear against the back drop of well manicured and lush green lawns, makes a pretty picture and it truly represents the ancient dance form.
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