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June 23 – 30, 2018
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Alex Marković

Serbian Dance

Alex Marković holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Illinois-Chicago. He spent 17 months conducting ethnographic fieldwork on Romani ethnic identity and musical performance in Vranje, Serbia, for his doctoral dissertation. His general research interests involve music, dance, and ritual in the Balkans, ethnic identity and nationalism, the anthropology of performance, and ethnomusicology.

Alex has actively researched, performed, and taught folk dances from Serbia and Greece for the past 10 years. His specialties include Serbian music and dance traditions of southeastern Serbia and Kosovo. In addition, he is also interested in Romani dance traditions from southern Serbia, Kosovo, and Macedonia. His research in Vranje, Serbia allowed him to conduct in-depth fieldwork on dance in both the Romani and Serb communities of the area. Alex also researches and teaches a variety of Greek regional dance traditions.

He has taught dance to performing ensembles at various Serbian Orthodox churches in the Chicago-land area and northwest Indiana, as well as for Greek dance groups affiliated with the Pontian Society “Xeniteas” and the Greek Macedonian Society “Makedonia” in Chicago. Currently, Alex is co-instructor and performer with the Greek dance group “Ellas,” and a guest instructor with the Orpheus Hellenic Folklore Society of Chicago. He also offers public dance workshops and presentations on his research in dance and anthropology.

When he is not reading, writing, or dancing, Alex also enjoys playing Balkan percussion on the tapan/goč drum, tarabuka (Turkish-style darbuka/doumbek), and def (frame drum). He is particularly interested in Romani playing styles, improvisation, and dance rhythms from southern Serbia, Kosovo, and Macedonia. Alex lives in Oak Park, Illinois.

Alex recently contributed a fascinating article to EEFC’s Forum Folkloristika:  “Beat That Drum! Exploring the Politics and Performance among Roma Brass Musicians in Vranje, Serbia.”

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Class Description | Serbian Dance (Mendocino)

  • This class will be pitched at roughly a low-intermediate level. Beginners are welcome and encouraged to ask questions. Dances will range from very simple to more complex (in terms of step patterns, additive meters, etc.), and the class pace will adjust to the average abilities/learning speed of the majority of participants.
  • This class is accessible to non-dancer musicians.
  • Line leaders are expected to rotate throughout class.
  • Schedule allowing, I’m available for additional instruction outside of class.
  • The Student Concert is optional, and the class will decide whether we perform.
  • This class plans to collaborate with Brass Band & Trumpet (Demiran Cerimovic) as well as Serbian Singing (Svetlana Spajic).
  • Repertoire will include a regional survey of a variety of dances from different regions of the Balkans where Serbs live or have lived.
  • Class will focus on stylization.

Class Description | Serbian and Macedonian Dance (Iroquois Springs)

  • This class will be pitched at roughly a low-intermediate level. Beginners are welcome and encouraged to ask questions. Dances will range from very simple to more complex (in terms of step patterns, additive meters, etc.), and the class pace will adjust to the average abilities/learning speed of the majority of participants.
  • This class is accessible to non-dancer musicians.
  • Line leaders are expected to rotate throughout class.
  • Schedule allowing, I’m available for additional instruction outside of class.
  • The Student Concert is optional, and the class will decide whether we perform.
  • This class plans to collaborate with Tamburica Ensemble (Ray Ranic); Brass Band (Catherine Foster); Calgija Ensemble (Raim Baki & Husref Said).
  • Our repertoire will include a regional survey of Serbian dances from a variety of different communities as well as the Macedonian urban dance repertoire associated with calgija music in the early- to mid-20th century.
  • Class will focus on stylization.

 

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Alex in Vranje, Serbia, with local Romani musicians