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Macedonian Cultural Plurality at the Crossroads of the Balkans: Drama, Music and Dance

Faculty of Music, Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje, 1000 Skopje, North Macedonia
Received: 17 May 2020 / Revised: 22 July 2020 / Accepted: 28 July 2020 / Published: 30 July 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Balkan Music: Past, Present, Future)
Defining the Balkans as a geographic, cultural and semantic entity triggers an interpretation of them as some idea, concept, oftentimes even a stereotype. The Balkans are usually interpreted as a singular entity, generalized and set in a single framework. That generalized view is often ambivalent. The Balkans are often interpreted and presented as a ‘powder keg’, a ‘bridge between the East and the West’, a part of Europe that is simply different, a place of strong emotions and attractive forms of music and dance, etc. However, the Balkans represent a set of cultural units that are in constant interaction, with each of the cultures of the Balkans being specific and authentic. Macedonia, as one of the pages of the ‘Balkan story’, will be presented at three levels—regarding its drama, music and dance. The specific characteristics of the music and the dance fields will be presented through their most significant features and examples, and the treatment of the topic of the Balkans in Macedonian drama will be covered as well. The analysis confirms that generalization is impossible even within a single culture, as each artist and medium of performance has its own unique expression. The cultural forms of Macedonian culture are only part of the wider pluralistic representation of the Balkans. It may be offered under the Balkans as the common denominator, but the truth is that this/representation/concept is polyvalent, multicultural, polysemic and extremely rich. View Full-Text
Keywords: dance; music; drama; performativity; Macedonia; Balkans dance; music; drama; performativity; Macedonia; Balkans
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Zdravkova Djeparoska, S. Macedonian Cultural Plurality at the Crossroads of the Balkans: Drama, Music and Dance. Arts 2020, 9, 85. https://doi.org/10.3390/arts9030085

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Zdravkova Djeparoska S. Macedonian Cultural Plurality at the Crossroads of the Balkans: Drama, Music and Dance. Arts. 2020; 9(3):85. https://doi.org/10.3390/arts9030085

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Zdravkova Djeparoska, Sonja. 2020. "Macedonian Cultural Plurality at the Crossroads of the Balkans: Drama, Music and Dance" Arts 9, no. 3: 85. https://doi.org/10.3390/arts9030085

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