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Moreška Sword Dance of Korcula, Croatia

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Moreška Sword Dance of Korcula, Croatia

The island of Korcula, which lies just off the Dalmatian coast of Croatia in the Adriatic Sea, is home to the Moreška 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. 

Enjoy this video, and its overview of Korcula island, footage of the dramatic and highly physical dance, and meet the actors/dancers who portray Bula, and the Red & Black Kings!