Philippine Performing Arts Company dances LA JOTA CAVITENA at PhilFest 2008, Tampa, Florida. April 5, 2008.
La Jota Caviteña is a Filipino dance which is based on the spanish (spain) dance the "Jota". The Jota is a dance known throughout Spain, most likely originating in Aragon. It varies by region, having characterstic a form in Valencia, Aragon, Castile, Navarra, Cantabria, Asturias, Galicia and Murcia. Being a visual representation, the jota is danced and sung with accompaniment by castanets, and the interpreters tend to wear regional costumes. In Valencia, the jota was once danced during interment ceremonies.
The Jota tends to have a 3/4 rhythm, although some authors maintain that the 6/8 is better adapted to the poetic and choreographic structure. For their interpretation, guitars, bandurrias, lutes, dulzaina, and drums are used in the Castilian style, while the Galicians use bagpipes, drums, and bombos. Theatrical versions are sung and danced with regional costumes and castanets, though such things are not used when dancing the jota in less formal settings. The content of the songs is quite diverse, from patriotism to religion to sexual exploits. In addition to this, the songs also have the effect of helping to generate a sense of local identity and cohesion.
The steps have an appearance not unlike that of the waltz, though in the case of the Jota, there is much more variation. Furthermore, the lyrics tend to be written in eight-syllable quartets, with assonance in the first and third verses.
Link: La Cuidad de Cavite