Balkan Music and Dance Workshop

Sunday, March 3, 2013

1:00 - 3:30pm
Ida Noyes West Lounge


Lecture: Balkan Music and Rhythms
1:00 - 2:30pm
Ida Noyes West Lounge


John Kuo, the leader of the Chicago-based ensemble Balkan Dances, and his wife Galia Kuo, a professionally-trained folk dancer in Bulgaria, will give a demonstration and lecture Balkan Music Rhythms, focusing especially on dance rhythms. Balkan music is most known for its uneven beats, such as 7/8. John and Galia demonstrate the unique musical rhythms of different areas in the Balkans and teach the audience how to recognize, count, and understand them. Many have said that the lecture taught them to think about uneven beats in new ways. John Kuo will bring hand-made instruments from the region from masters who are no longer working, he will play music and show videos. There will be CD prizes. John Kuo’s 2009 lecture is available for viewing on CHIASMOS.


Balkan Dance Workshop
Ida Noyes West Lounge


The entire Balkan Dance ensemble will line up to teach students and guests the steps of the most popular Balkan dances. Each of these dances will be introduced by a brief explanation of the specific area from which it comes, as well as the contexts in which it is performed. By the end, most guests will be able to dance some of the easier dances along with the ensemble. At 3:30, the ensemble will start its regular rehearsal, which we are invited to observe.



The event is sponsored by the Arts Planning Council, CEERES, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, and Department of Music.