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Her second post follows:
Continuing from my last post that included Act I, it’s in the next act when the action really begins in la danza Bugabita. In Act II the battle is waged between the Christians and the Moors. It opens with Ganelon, an ambitious and egotistic member of Charlemagne’s troop, drawn by greed to cross over to the enemy line. The Moorish King welcomes him, claiming “Rise and come into my arms, brave renegade.” He then places his crown on Ganelon, the Christian traitor, and Ganelon boldly claims, “I am the King!”
Another exchange occurs from the army of the Moors: Fierabrás, son of the the Moorish King, recognizes that there must be a supreme being that guards over the Christian army. Amazed by their courage and steadfastness, he decides to unite with the Christian soldiers. He presents himself before Charlemagne and surrenders his sword, claiming to only trust in their God, saying, “I am ready to give myself for you, heart, life, and soul.” Charlemange accepts Fierabrás, and as he confessed that he has reformed, imparts baptism upon the converted Moorish soldier, and he joins the Christian side.
Of course, this makes his father, the Moorish King, quite angry, and he turns on Ganelon, believing him to be the cause of his son’s conversion. He orders Ganelon to be tied to a tree and executed. Seeing himself in these dire conditions, Ganelon cries out to God and begs for mercy. Meanwhile, the devil prowls among the lines of the soldiers, making his way to Ganelon because he wants to take his soul. However, the angel appears in order to get rid of the devil, thereby saving Ganelon.
Fierabrás, even more amazed at this Christian God, returns to the Moors to try to convince his father and his people to accept the Christian faith and be baptized. Bravonel responds, “It’s worth more to serve God, so we ask for baptism.” At this point the angel imparts baptism to all of the Moors, and the second act ends with everybody singing together about receiving the blessed sacrament.
The bulk of Act III features a zapateo, which as its name suggests, is a type of dance associated with percussive footwork. There are several different manifestations of zapateos throughout Spain and Latin America, both as a type of music and as a dance form. In this act, all participants perform this dance as a celebration for the conversion of the Moors.
At the end of the dance, as they bid farewell to the pubic with some dialogue, the lines of soldiers leave the plaza together, thus ending this version of moros y cristianos known as la danza Bugabita.
Again, for anyone who would like to see the pictures from the performance on August 30th, 2014, I have them in several albums on my Facebook account!