Rebeka Kunej, Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, presents "Dance Folklore, Stages and Politics: Slovenian Contexts." This lecture is co-sponsored by the Slovene Research Initiative.
The performative practice of dance folklore presented on the stage has its roots in festivals of peasant culture before the Second World War, where the tradition-bearers themselves performed their own living traditions on stage. In Slovenia, though, folk dance ensembles largely emerged after 1945 as part of the cultural politics of socialist Yugoslavia. Dance was an essential element in the project of creating a new, unified socialist and Yugoslavian culture. After the independence of Slovenia in 1991, this leisure-based activity did not die down. As important part of cultural and social life of many, today folk dance ensembles have an important role, especially on the periphery (in rural areas) and among ethnic minorities.
Rebeka Kunej, PhD, is an assistant professor and research fellow at the Institute of Ethnomusicology of the Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts. She teaches Instrumental Folk Music and Folk Dance at the Academy of Music, University of Ljubljana. Through studies of folk dance and dancing, she examines history of folk dance ensembles and folklore festivals in Slovenia, dance music on 78 RPM records as a source of ethnochoreological research, ethno-identity dance practices in post-1991 Slovenia, and dance as an identity symbol for migrants. She is author of the book Štajeriš: podoba in kontekst slovenskega ljudskega plesa [The Štajeriš: The Form and Context of a Slovenian Folk Dance] (2012*) and co-author of the book Music from Both Sides: Gramophone Records Made by Matija Arko and the Hoyer Trio (2016, 2017**).
* in Slovenian
** 2016 in Slovenian, 2017 in English
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