The Office.Zivili: Dances and Music of the Southern Slavic Southern Slavic can refer to:
Zivili is dedicated to preserving the folk music folk music: see folk song.
Music held to be typical of a nation or ethnic group, known to all segments of its society, and preserved usually by oral tradition. Knowledge of the history and development of folk music is largely conjectural. and dance of the ethnic regions in what was Yugoslavia. Melissa Pintar Obenauf, the company's general manager, and Pamela Lacko Kelley, the artistic director, came up with the anniversary idea of commissioning Morris, who began his career with the Seattle-based Koleda Balkan Dance Ensemble A group of dancers preforming under a common name: the dance equivalent of a band. Examples would be Riverdance and Shuvani. . [See Presstime press·time
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The Office brings Zivili smack into the late twentieth century. It severs the company from its colorful peasant garb and from its usual tamburitza tam·bu·rit·za
A Balkan stringed instrument similar to a mandolin in shape and sound.
[Serbo-Croatian tamburica, diminutive of tàmbura, stringed instrument accompaniments for the first time. Musicians from the Columbus Symphony Orchestra The Columbus Symphony Orchestra is a symphony orchestra of the United States, based in Columbus, Ohio. Its Music Director is Junichi Hirokami.
The orchestra was founded in 1951 as the Columbus Little Symphony following the demise of the Columbus Philharmonic. performed Dvorak's Five Bagatelles, op. 47.
The work opens with five dancers dressed in drab street clothes sitting in folding chairs, as though in a waiting room. All five dance to the first bagatelle. A little nervousness, perhaps, is suggested by quick looks over the shoulder and the occasionally frantic speed of the steps. At the conclusion of the first bagatelle, a woman with a clipboard A reserved section of memory that is used as a temporary holding area for data that is copied or moved from one application to another using the copy and paste and cut and paste (move) menu options. Each time you transfer something into the clipboard, the previous contents are deleted. comes onstage, a name appears to be called, and the woman and a performer leave the stage. After a brief hesitation, the music and the dancing begin again. The woman with the clipboard reenters after each section until only one dancer is left.
Morris has given Zivili a work filled with familiar language--lines, hopping steps, partnered twirls, circles. He even seems to refer to one of the company's better-known works, the high-flying duet Gypsy, in the last bagatelle. But the choreography is all Morris, in its formal wedding to the music, its subtle emotional content, its uncommon treatment of common folk steps, and the way the simplest gestures come together to speak volumes. As the number of dancers decreases, the technical demands and emotional textures increase, and the piece moves to a whirling climax with a silent coda.