Akram Khan here explaining Kathak on the Southbank show in 2003
Legends surrounding the origin of Tarantella range from celebration music in Classical Greek holidays honouring Apollo and Dionysus, through to later Roman equivalents. A popular story is that dancing to fast tempo music was prescribed as a cure for a venomous spider bite. I found out about Tarantellas by accident when I was searching Ennio Morricone scores on Youtube. The music from the films Allonsanfan and Inglourious Basterds is a grave tarantella.
This is the dance performace that accompanies Soran Bushi. It looks like loads of fun to dance, I shall learn it.
Soran Bushi (original version) I Found out about this traditional Japanese song recently. It is a sea shanty said to originate in Hokkaido. This piece of music accompanies a dance and is performed during the festival of Obon. I bloody love it.