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Bulgarian Folk Music,
Dance To Be Spotlighted
MAILED: Oct. 8, 1999|
The folk music and dance of Bulgaria will be spotlighted in programs to be presented Oct. 21 and 22 at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
Folklorist Yves Moreau, a master teacher of Bulgarian dance from Montreal, will speak on "Bulgarian Music and Dance Beyond the Mystery" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the Alumni Room, Davies Center. Moreau traveled extensively throughout the southeast European nation between 1966 and 1986 collecting traditional music and dance. He will share memories from this experience and reflect on how folk traditions are evolving in light of political, social, economic and technological changes in the Balkan region. Admission to the lecture is free and open to all.
On Friday, Moreau will open a Bulgarian dance workshop and dance party that will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Spruce-Tamarack Room, Davies Center. His teaching style is thorough, clear and friendly, and he successfully communicates the fun of international folk dancing. At 9 p.m. he will turn the floor over to the Reptile Palace Orchestra, a Balkan "lounge funk" band from Madison that plays an eclectic mix of mostly Balkan folk music with a wacky sense of humor.
"The Reptile sound is insidiously unforgettable, almost viral," wrote Isthmus of Madison. "And it's catching on with a following that's as difficult to categorize as the band itself. It's not unusual to see disaffected grunge babies trading steps at the foot of the stage with wizened folk dancers old enough to be their grandparents."
"Bring your gypsy clothes and dancing shoes, and be ready to sweat," advised City Pages.
Tickets for the Oct. 22 workshop and dance party are $10 ($5 with a UW-Eau Claire student ID) at the door.
The programs are presented in celebration of the Eau Claire International Folk Dancers' 20th anniversary. The group is cosponsoring the events with the University Activities Commission of the UW-Eau Claire Student Senate.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: Oct. 8, 1999