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Zebeljan, Isidora: Polomka quartet 



Basic information

  • Title: 
    Polomka quartet
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  • First performance (venue): 
    Canterbury (UK), Gulbenkian Theatre University of Kent
  • First performance (performers): 
    Brodsky Quartet
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  • Program notes: 

    Some of the traditional dances from the Balkans, especially the ones of the Vlachs (an East Balkan population scattered across different countries), are distinguished by characteristic movements, all of which induce the dancers to be transported into a state of mesmeric trance. Polomka is one of the most popular dances in Eastern Serbia. The noun polomka is derived from the verb polomiti (to break) therefore this dance could be described as a one in which the body “breaks” to the rhythm of a rather fast tempo and virtuoso playing, in other words – a “traditional Serbian break-dance”. This particular dance contains in itself an element of pagan trance. The piece Polomka quartet is inspired by the author’s visual impression of these dances. That impression has transcended into an idea of a dance of an imaginary people, of a non-existent region. Polomka quartet is commissioned by University of Kent and is dedicated to the Brodsky quartet, who premiered it in Canterbury in 2009.



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