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Traditions and Transitions; Yesterday Meets Tomorrow in new Croatian Performance Art

  Friday , May 30, 2008         8:00 PM        $10

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We invite you to join us in a gala event celebrating the Croatian contemporary dance ensemble's performance of Angels of Suderac in the San Francisco International Arts Festival. Croatian dancers Sandra Banic, Rina Kotor, Sonja Pregrad, Zrinka Simicic, Liljana Zagorac, Zoran Cica, and Miljecko Bengez  will give a demonstration of the choreography by Croatian American Kate Foley.

There will also be a performance of original jazz by Greg Sankovich and ensemble, and traditional songs by the Dalmacijo Singers.  

Greg Sankovich performs regularly on keyboards with several SF Bay Area ensembles including his jazz-funk band Times 4, bassist Kurt Ribak's jazz ensembles, the Blue Sky Band. He has contributed to an eclectic range of musical projects from jazz to house, hip-hop to pop. Greg has recorded music on over 20 record labels, and music he produced can be found in many TV, radio, and movie productions.

Angels of Suderac is a co-production of Studenski Centar-Teatr & Kultura Promjene, and is funded by the American Embassy in Zagreb, Office for Culture of the City of Zagreb and the FACE Croatia Foundation.

Angels of Suderac will be performed as part of the San Francisco International Arts Festival at the Dance Mission Theater. Thur. May 29, 9:30pm, Sat. May 31, 7:00pm and Sun. June 1, 2:00pm

Advance ticket sales: www.BrownBagTickets.com

katefoleydancers_300In Angels of Suderac Foley mixes contemporay dance with invented archaic folkdance inspired by her investigations into the 17th centruy witch trial documentation on the vilenice (fairy cult healers) of Janjina, autobiographical material and her experience with American popular dance culture.

Zoran Cica, ethnologist, plays the role of a narrator, highlighting new research on the psychedelic shamanism of the vilenice.  Composition and rock guitar virtuoso Adam Semiljalac's hypnotic score mixes contemporary rhythms with recordings of his grandparents'voices.  Prize winning dramaturge Luka Rukavina and editor Jelena Mordic collaborate with Foley and filmmaker Tom rukavina, whose projedted dance footage shot on location at Sudjerac combines horror movie tropes with breathtaking Dalmatian landscapes. Costumes designed by Davorka Dugacki Medvesek, lighting desgn by Miljenko Bengez, sound desgn by Nicolas Cikos.

The Dalmacijo Singers have been delighting audiences since 1986. This choral ensemble has performed in various concerts, ethnic festivals, family gatherings, and Church of Nativity functions. With many of the member's family ties linking to the Dalmation Coast, their repertorie consists mostly of songs from different parts of Croatia.


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