The Eagle’s dance is the most majestic and the most appreciated by the people of Berga.
The └liga (Eagle)
The Eagle is without doubt the figure of the Catalan festive bestiary that is most unlike any other. It is the most majestic, the most aristocratic and the most distinguished figure. Previously, the Eagle had a series of privileges, such as dancing in the church’s presbytery or walking in front of the monstrance in the Corpus Processions. The Eagle of the Patum was born somewhat after the other elements of the Festival and, even today, its history is shrouded in mystery. In 1756, Berga Town Council decided to include an Eagle in the solemnities of the Corpus and commissioned the carpenter Ramon Roca to make it. It could still be the same figure, restored and modified, that is used today at the Patum. The Eagle’s dance is the one that offers the greatest choreographic value of the entire event and its music is the most distinguished and monumental. This extraordinary score shares many similarities with a typical Renaissance dance, which could date back to the 16th century, although its melody seems to originate from a Gregorian hymn. The tune of the Eagle’s dance at the Patum in Berga has been defined by some as one of the three most “brilliant” pieces of popular Catalan music.
Han col·laborat desinteresadament entre altres:
Salvador Vinyes - Anna Parcerisa - Berta Francàs - Albert Rumbo - Ma Dolors Santandreu - Jordi
Cohen - Foto Luigi - Toni Sales - Sílvia Massana - Mireia Ferran - Jordi Plana - Antònia Prat
Pascal Hanrion - KAP
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Traductors: Steve Pepper, Jaume Fígols