Els Tornejants
 
 
 
 
Dexterity, mystical and gallantry appointment at the beginning of the religious part of the procession are given. Els are tornejants, next to the Muixeranga, most characteristic dance party Algemesí. Knights solemn and deftly danced to the Mare de Deu.
 
HISTORY
 
While you can observe the existence of a formal partnership with dances presentational / reverential type as are the Basques Aurreskus and other dances of the Italian Piedmont, we can not venture a direct connection of our dance with these two. However, we must point it.
Present, but with other developments in Morella (Dansa dels Torners) and until the first decades of the twentieth century in Ontinyent, the first written reference to the dance in Algemesí date of 1800, when she comes to participate in Agullent (centenary celebrations in honor of St. Vicente Ferrer), made the record that the dance already performed previously in Algemesí, being possibly the families of the rural nobility of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries (Curcă, Tarragona, Folqués, Mercer, Alapont, Cerveró, Medos and Carrasco) their introducers.
Within the personal history of dance teachers are remembered Vicent Ivanyes (1830-1843), Ignasi Martínez (from 1834) and Francesc Castanyer (1867). In the twentieth century they are, in the first half, Silvestre and Cacau, who passed the baton to the families of the Silvestrets, the Corello and Pardals.
 
DANCE
 
A page, as a harbinger, opens the march steadily marked by dry tabal touches. With arms stretched horizontally holds a sword to shoulder height. With the other hand, covering the tip, holding a heart-shaped shield with the image of the Mare de Deu. They are followed by dancers, which number six with two kinds of evolution: florets and Fugue.
Florets: They are danced by one, two or four dancers in the categories of carreretes, Cadireta, crussà, quatre cantons, mags and quatre cares.
Leakage: The dance of longer duration. You need the participation of the six dancers. It consists of passeig, torneig i cabriolets. Symbolically recalls a medieval tournament and ends with a reverential genuflection before the Guió of the Mare de Deu.
Dancers accompany the botargas, children who are responsible for holding, collect and provide els tornejants wands with these running dance.
 
DRESS
 
The suit tornejant consists of: body or vest (with footbridges on his back in the shape of flowers and kilt silver tissue, recalling the breastplate), calzones black velvet (below above), white socks of green beans artistic; shoes with long streaks that are tied over stockings and helmet (of the same fabric as the body, with a summit of flowers forming the cross of St. George, the anagram of the Mare de Deu the frontispiece and mask or mask wire on the face).
Complement clothing, essential for the performance of dance, are Wands, vibrating wooden slats as a lance make els tornejants serve.

 

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