A dramatisation of typically Salentine produce-tasting
Cantieri teatrali Koreja (Italy)


Written and directed by Silvio Panini and Paolo Pagliani
Cast: Ivonne Mazzotta (The Tarantata, the person who has been bitten by the spider) and Maria Rosaria Ponzetta (The celebrant, the person who is celebrating)
Organization: Franco Ungaro
Technician: Mario Daniele
Assistant: Jenny di Maio

The duration of the play is 25 minutes. The number of visitors is limited.

The scenery of the What a Tarantula Eats (Il Pasto della Tarantola) performance is made up of a series of tables for a food tasting. The actresses-waitresses guide the audience to discover the typical produces of Salento. They mirror the culture (not just the material one) where they were born. Five produces from Salento are proposed (mùscari, scapèce, dried tomatoes, africani and Negroamaro wine). Who doesn’t get the strong link between the produce of a zone and the earth belonging to that zone? The bitterness of lampascione, the strange taste of scapèce, the sweet acidity of dried tomatoes, the harmony of Negroamaro wine, give an original touch to the Salentine cuisine. In this way the bright light of Salento gets out, its typical stone of the baroque buildings, its geographical condition of very southern Italy and the pilgrimage of tarantolate, women bitten by spiders especially in summertime, when they worked in the countryside. That is culture and cultivation, knowledge and tasting linked together by a common breath supporting a land rich in tradition and future, the Salento.

One of the primary goals of Salentine theatric group Koreja is creating a space for theatre and culture which is open, focused on innovations and the comparison of generations, the kaleidoscopic intertwining of different art disciplines, genres and experiences… In the beloved South, hated at the same time, tradition is still nourished and special attention is paid to the origin and language, but also relationships with others are built on mutual respect.