Els Maduixots: Starting the tradition in Alt Maresme
We have been in Pineda de Mar this last week, to see the rehearsals of a brand new “colla castellera” (human tower building group). This might seem like an easy to explain experience, but we were greatly surprised with what we found, so here I am, the proud spectator of a group willing to arrive... View Article
We have been in Pineda de Mar this last week, to see the rehearsals of a brand new “colla castellera” (human tower building group). This might seem like an easy to explain experience, but we were greatly surprised with what we found, so here I am, the proud spectator of a group willing to arrive as far as possible.
It’s incredible to see more than a hundred people gathered together and compromised with the team, their constant effort and the required patience to fall and get up again. For most of them, this is the first time being part of an experience like that. So they have the added value to start from scratch, paying attention, practicing, and try to reach as high as possible and straighter every time.
The “Castellers de l’Alt Maresme” were formed last November from people coming from places as Calella, Santa Susanna, Malgrat, Palafolls, Tordera and Pineda itself, and even people coming from as far as Blanes to be part of the team. People who has always wanted to be part of a Castellers team, but hadn’t had the chance as there is no other “Colla” in the near surroundings.
Marc Ruiz, an amateur casteller, had the idea to create a new group, and since then up to 160 people have joined him to take part in workshops, twice a week rehearsals and even visiting other starting groups to train and learn together.
Some of them out of curiosity, others convinced to carry on with such a beautiful and impressive Catalan tradition,… the truth is that they all are a group of people with, apparently different reasons to join the team, now connected by the emotion and the desire to learn and improve their performances.
We will surely be back to talk to each one of them and learn a bit more about their individual stories within the group. We’ll keep you posted!
And of course, if you want to be part of the experience do not hesitate to join the group.
We recommend you to keep a close eye on their agenda if you don’t want to miss their public appearances. We are completely sure they will surprise us with their progress. Check the group’s website to keep updated.
Sant Jordi Primary School (Pineda de Mar)
Tuesdays, from 7pm to 10pm
Fridays, from 8pm to 10pm
If you want to read more about the Human towers tradition in Catalunya and its background, check our posts.