Korcula: Home to the MOreska Sword Dance
The Moreska Sword Dance is a 16th century tradition that evokes Batman Meets Ballet!
The island of Korcula, which lies just off the Dalmatian coast of Croatia in the Adriatic Sea, is home to the Moreska sword dance. In the 16th century, Moreska arrived in Korcula from Italy and neighboring Dubrovnik, and was embraced as the island's own. Through the centuries, performances of the dance disappeared from the Mediterranean and today it is only found in Korcula, where it is has been performed for over 400 years. Moreska tells the story of the battle between the forces of the White King (actually dressed in red) and the Black King over Princess Bula, the Red King’s fiancée who has been captured by Black army.
Meet Mira Francetic Malcic, for a tour of the Croatian Museum of Naive Art in Zagreb. Mira offers insights into this "art of the people" movement and an introduction to how it got started in Croatia in the mid-1930s, now a distinct segment of 20th century art.
Experience Croatia's Brodsko Kolo Slavonski Brod Festival in the Slavonia region of Croatia! Young and old perform complex choreography wearing elaborate costumes in this unique encounter with Croatia's cultural and heritage.
Enjoy BCD’s ‘Faces of Croatia’ photography slideshow. It features photographs of warm smiling faces of locals in the Konavle Valley, Korcula, Slavonski Brod, Ston and Vid!
Ole! Ready to be invigorated by an ancient art form? Prepare to stamp your feet along with the beat! Join BCD for a tour through the history and contemporary practice of Spain’s soulful & exuberant flamenco, recognized by UNESCO as an item of intangible cultural heritage. Visit the classes of Amor de Dios Studio in Madrid and watch aspiring artists learn the subtleties of flamenco’s complex nuances! Connect with flamenco’s Gypsy roots and Andalucian spirit!
Curious about the phenomenon that drives the passion behind flamenco? Welcome to Seville, capital of southern Spain’s Andalusia region and epicenter of the ancient art form of flamenco. Grab a seat for a mesmerizing performance & an education in the fierce spirit of duende! Be regaled with the story of flamenco’s origins; learn how the cultural legacy of 15th century gypsies lives on today in Seville. Witness how duende comes alive with the passionate call & response of palmas, pitos & bailaor at the renowned Tablao El Arenal. Let BCD offer you a unique front row seat to the life-changing experience of duende!
Relish stories of people pursuing their creativity & passion? Meet two artists from the colorful world of flamenco who had the courage to follow their dreams. Renowned flamenco dancer Antoñete reveals how he got his start, and shares how he passes on the art form to others in his studio in the Sevilla neighborhood of La Macarena. Dressmaker Aurora Gavino, who has owned a flamenco dress store for 20 years near Plaza del Triunfo, shares the fashion collections of her successful fashion designer-daughter, also named Aurora, and how a sibling’s death is transformed from tragedy to artistic inspiration. BCD highlights the human connections behind flamenco, showing the power of tradition, culture & self-expression.