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Zagreb Folk Ensemble Concert (Milwaukee, 11/15/16)
Alverno College Pitman Theatre
Milwaukee, WI
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Zagreb Folk Ensemble Concert (Milwaukee, 11/15/16)
About the Ensemble (The Zagreb Folk Dance Ensemble Dr. Ivan Ivancan)

From its very beginning in May 1945, the ZFDE (The Youth Cultural and Artistic Society Joza Vlahovic at that time) was dedicated to performing artistically formed folklore of certain villages or areas. The foundations to such approach were laid by the first art director and choreographer, prof. Zvonimir Ljevakovic, who called exclusively the dancers and musicians of the ZFDE to the new Ensemble of the national songs and dances of Croatia Lado which he founded in 1949 (it was called the Choir of national dances and songs). One of the founders of the ensemble and the successor of prof Zvonimir Ljevakovic as the art director and choreographer, Dr. Ivan Ivancan, Ph.D. went the same path. A choreographer chooses themes from the traditional folklore origins by being present at village festivities, and by writing down parts of the national inheritance. The ensemble constantly includes a choice of different national costumes that are always authentic into its program, and special care is paid to adequate national costume, the decorations and the headgear. The musical instruments are used in the program the same way. Besides tambura (a string instrument) other instruments are used: string instruments like ljerica, samica, dangubica, wind instruments like sopile, dvojnice, surle, diple, windpipes like gajde, dude, misnice, vidalice, and the drums.

The Zagreb folk dance ensemble Dr Ivan Ivancan is the largest and the most successful promoter of the Croatian folklore. A continuing high quality of the ensemble has resulted in many travels and performances on almost all important festivals and competitions in the world. It should be mentioned that the ZFDE has won one or more prizes on all competition festivals in which it took part:

- Prague (Czech Republic) 1947  silver medal

- Agrigento (Sicily)  1957  1st place

- Moscow (Russia)  1957  bronze medal

- Helsinki (Finland)  1962  gold medal

- Sofia (Bulgaria)  1968  two silver medals

- Bucharest (Romania) - 1969  1st premium, gold medal and the laureate title

- Szged (Hungary)  1975  bronze medal

- Valjevo (Serbia and Montenegro) - 1986  gold medal

- Middlesbrough ( United Kingdom )  1990  three first prizes, two second prizes and one third prize

- Middlesbrough (United Kingdom)  1992  one 1st prize, two 2nd prizes and three 3rd prizes

- Dijon (Burgogne, France)  1992  bronze medal

- Llangolen (Wales, UK)  1997  1st place and the Gwynn Williams Trophy

- Dijon (Burgogne, France) - 1997 - bronze medal

- Zakopane (Poland) - 2003 - three 1st prizes and one second prize

The ZFDE also performed at many world festivals that were not competitive: Luneville, Monterejeau, Quimper Isoire, Haguenau, Concarneau, Bourg  Madame (France), Kairo, Ismailia, Luxor (Egypt), Carthage (Tunis), Istanbul (Turkey), Lisabon (Portugal), Barcelona  Rubi, Madrid, Vitoria, Puigcerda, Durango, Ciudad Real, Badajos (Spain), Enschede, Soest, Beverwijk, Leiden, Amserdam (the Netherlands), Kiel, Bittburg (Germany), Koper, Portoro (Slovenija), Valjevo (Serbia and Montenegro), Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Schoten, Antwerpen, Liege, Mons (Belgium), Diekirich (Luxemburg), Messina, Como, Udine, St. Vincent, Marostica, Valdagno, Bologna, Vicenza, Agrigento (Italy), Sidmouth, Scunthorpe, Birminmgham (England), Martigny (Switzerland), Drummondville, Ottawa, Hull, Toronto  Brampton, Cornwal (Canada), Detroit (USA), Tokyo (Japan), Peuh (Hungary), Rosario (Argentina), Lima (Peru).

Program wise, the greatest strength of the ensemble are two-hour concerts where the concept, beauty and the value of the choreography, songs, music playing and technical performance, the stature and the youth of the ensemble comes to its full bloom. All those things make their performance impressive, and artistically valuable. Their ability to perform such shows many times in a row is a quality of top performers.

The ZFDE has confirmed that on numerous concert performances all over the world, presenting Croatian traditional culture in the famous concert halls: Queen Elizabeth Hall in Londonu and Town Hall in Birminghamu (England), Sapru House and Music Concert Hall in New Delhi, and Homi Babha Auditorium in Bombay (India), Liaknuat Memorial Hall in Lahore , Islambad (Pakistan), Radio Concert Hall in Bagdad (Irak), Amphiteatre Romain in Tunis (Tunis), Pitman Theater in Millwaukee (Wisconsin, USA), Hart Plaza in Detroit (Michigan, USA), Duquesne University in Duquesne, Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania, USA), Hilton in Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania, USA), Georgetown University in Washington (Washington D. C., USA), Kemal Ataturk Concert Hall in Istanbul (Turky), Deutsches Teater and Prinzregenten Teater in Munich, Stadtteater in Ingolstadtu, Palmengarten in Frankfurt (Germany), Arnele Romane in Bucharest (Romania), Nationaltheatre in Luxor (Egypt),  De Doelen in Rotterdam and Vondel Park in Amstedamu (the Netherlands), Expotheater in Montreal (Canada), Teatro Municipal in Madrid, Gihon i Valladolid (Spain), L odet Palace in Quimper and Lino Ventura in Nice, "Opera house" in Antibes (France), "Teatro Peruano Japones" in Lima (Peru), "Auditorio Belgrano" in Buenos Aires (Argentina), Teatro El Globo in Buenos Aires (Argentina), Colegio Mallinckrodt in Buenos Aires (Argentina), El Circulo in Rosario (Argentina), Auditorio SODRE Nelly Goitio in Montevideo (Uruguay), Teatro La C├║pula in Santiago (Chile), El Teatro Municipal in Antofagasta (Chile), "Hemicolo Teatro Municipal de Iquique" in Iquique (Chile), Teatro Santa Ursula in San Isidro - Lima (Peru), Hungarian National Opera House in Budapest (Hungary) and in many others. The ensemble regularly performs at the Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb.

The ZFDE has also made special programs for television around the world, such as BBC, RAI, ZDF and in Canada, Portugal, Spain, Egypt, Switzerland and elsewhere.

The constant performance, and the success of the ensemble since its foundation (in May 1945) are not accidental, but a result of the attitude towards the artistic profile of the ensemble, on part of the greatest Croatian folklore expert, researcher and etnochoreologist, dr. Ivan Ivancan, Ph.D. and his followers in the ZFDE. During his time as the art director, he was first assisted by Hanibal Dundovic (he later became the art director of the Ensamble of the national dances and songs of Croatia Lado). His second assistant was dr. Stjepan Sremac Ph.D. (he was also the art director of the ZDFE and the general manager of Lado) Dr. Stjepan Sremec was succeeced by Josip Zivkovic, who led the ensemble for ten years, and he was succeeded by the present art director and the choreographer Andrija Ivancan in 1989.


Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?
The concert is open to the public. Student IDs are required at the door to take advantage of discounted student pricing.

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
Ample FREE parking is available in the Pitman Theatre parking lot next to the venue.

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Please contact the organizer, Vokalna Skupina Korijeni, at with any questions about this event.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
Yes, please bring your tickets with you to the concert.

What is the refund policy?
Tickets are non-refundable.


Alverno College Pitman Theatre (View)
3431 South 39th Street
Milwaukee, WI 53215
United States


Arts > Dance
Arts > Performance
Arts > Theatre
Music > All Ages
Music > Choral
Music > Folk
Music > World
Other > Family-Friendly

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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