On Tuesday, February 21 at 7pm, the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs presents the folklore ensemble Lindjo. The concert, which takes place in the Claudia Cassidy Theater of the Chicago Cultural Center, 77 East Randolph Street, features rousing Croatian songs, vibrant tamburitza music, diverse dances and a variety of stunning national costumes. Admission is free, but seats are limited.
The folklore ensemble Lindjo has a 40-year history in Dubrovnik, the city of stone, sunshine, art, history, tradition and beauty. The members of the ensemble have become Croatian cultural ambassadors. Since 1964, more than 3000 dancers and musicians have contributed to the success of the ensemble. Closely supervised by Art Director Sulejman Muratovic, Lindjo won many prizes wherever they performed, promoting the city of Dubrovnik and the Republic of Croatia all around the world. Lindjo had its international debut in Italy in 1966, soon followed by numerous performances in most European countries, USA, Uruguay, Argentina, Japan and Australia. In 1973 in the French city of Dijon, Lindjo won The Golden Necklace, the dancing performance prize, and The Golden Record, the ethnic music performance prize. This success placed Lindjo among the most prominent European folklore ensembles.
The dancers continue to wear the original national costumes. The ensemble's wardrobe proudly boasts 1500 original items. This performance includes more than 15 different dance choreographies from various regions of Croatia, including their signature dance from Dubrovnik, also called Lindjo.
Lindjo is the most popular dance of the Dubrovnik coastal region, danced to the accompaniment of lijerica, an old South Dalmatian instrument with three strings, which came from the Eastern Mediterranean and Greece in late 18th century and spread on the Adriatic coast in the 19th century. It is now extensively performed in the Dubrovnik coastal region, although it was performed exclusively to the accompaniment of bellows in the past. The dance master plays sitting, with lijerica on his left knee, while stamping with his right foot, thus dictating rhythm to the dancers. They move in a circle around the dance master, who gives commands (in rhyme, humorous and often with double meaning). He also decides who will dance with whom, and dictates change of dance figures, encouraging the dancers to compete in improvisations. The origin of the name Lindjo is of a recent date. While some think that the dance got its name from the legendary dance leader, Nikola Lale Lindjo, others believe that it refers to the local name of a lijerica player.
For more information about this program and future Chicago Cultural Center Presents programs, please call 312.744.6630 or visit www.chicagoculturalcenter.org. For more information on Lindjo, visit www.lindjo.hr.