"jot" singer and dancer
from Huesca (Upper Aragon)
Carlos Vidal Bergés was born
in Huesca August 12 1932 and died October 12 2005 at his native
city. Unquestionable teacher of the Aragonese folclore and creator
of dozens of scenic tables, serenaders and associations, Carlos
Vidal was above all - according to the experts - one of the "joters"
that interpreted the purest "jot" in Upper Aragon.
Founder and director of the Huesca
group Estirpe de Aragonia, Mr. Vidal exercised of song
professor, dance and choreography. The destination wanted that he
was dying precisely the Pilar's day, the day of "jot" for
antonomasia. He left widow and four children, some of which followed
Carlos Vidal dedicated all his
life to defending, teaching and diffuseing the "jot" for
Spain and for the world. He knew how to transmit to students' thousands
his passion for the Aragonese folclore, to which surrendered in body
and soul. He began playing the guitar, he was a component of the Trio
Clavijas that made festivals in Huesca's theaters; then he became
fond to the dance and he ended up obtaining some prize like singer.
He ascended for the first time to a stage when eight years old in
the school of Salesianos of Huesca in whose performances
combined the theater with the operetta. Likewise, he participated
in the band of drums and bugles of this school and he studied sol-fa
and guitar in the School of Youths. In 1942 he entered in the School
of Educación y Descanso to learn with the teacher Mr.
Was Mrs. Ascension García, a
champion of "jot" of Zaragoza who invited him to
learn how to dance. With the Group Eduación y Descanso,
moreover playing in the serenader, he carried out numerous performances
and he had as dance couples to Mrs. Sarita and Mrs. María
Villacampa, Mrs. Angeles Montori, Mrs. Luisa Ferrer, Mrs. Monserrat
Álvarez and Mrs. Merche Gonzalvo. He got first prizes in
some competitions like the Extraordinary of Pilar Holydays.
In his style as dancer were emphasizing
the perfection in the plucking, the slenderness in his figure, the
useing of the legs and the arms. All rhythmic movements with the castanets and
his wide smile He passed for the St Lawrence Group and, after its
disappearance, he joined like teacher in the Santa Cecilia
They were the years 50 XX Centur,
and Carlos Vidal was full with illusion and restlessness, for
what began to travel for the county to give classes. In 1966 he created
the Municipal School of "Jot" in Huesca, in which
imparted dance classes during three decades.
They have been thousands the pupils
that have learned how to sing or to dance the "jot" in his
classes, work that continue in his school big voices and grateful
musicians and interpreters. Another of Vidal's facets was his
concern for the evolution of the folclore. From classic musicians,
based on the popular "jot", he mounted choreographies for
To change the traditional steps and
to adorn them to obtain the spectacular nature in the stage, was a
constant fight during all his life. Also author, reporter and adapter
of the "jots" of Huesca, Tardienta, Almudévar and
Oroel; and of the bolero of Huesca, as well as the creator
of two styles different from "jot": "I have a very
big pain" and "I Come to sing you a 'jot'".
The Aragonese and Huesca institutions
recognized his dedication to the folklore with diverse distinctions.
He obtained several first international awards, between them that
of the "Europeada" of Dortmund (Germany) and many
other national and regional awards, like the extraordinary of the
competition of "jot" of Fuendetodos and the official of the
holidays of the "Pillar" of Saragossa in 1982.