Thursday, June 18, 2015

La Danza de los Enanos in La Palma: a once-every-five-year chance to see the dwarves dance! | Janet Anscombe

Tickets will go on sale at 10.30am on Thursday 18 June for an event in La Palma on 9 July that is traditional, rare, unusual and very puzzling – La Danza de los Enanos (the Dance of the Dwarves), part of La Palma’s fiesta in honour of the island’s patron saint, the Bajada de la Virgen de Las Nieves (the descent of our lady of the snows). The dwarves only dance once every five years – and 2015 is one such year. Interpretations of the dwarves and their dance vary. Some see it as connected with fertility and the summer solstice, while others see it more in line with the murga parodies and satire of the carnivals.



La Danza de los Enanos in La Palma: a once-every-five-year chance to see the dwarves dance!

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