The basic principle of the Ensemble is to maintain authenticity. The choreographers get their ideas by visiting Serbian villages and towns and by watching and analysing steps and dances. They adapt slightly the steps, without changing the original style. The number of choreographies is not limited since the Ensemble constantly enriches its repertoire.
The Ensemble owns a rich collection of traditional folk dresses. Some of them date back from the late 19th century and are a national treasure. In this regard, ‘KOLO’ is often referred to have a transferable museum.
The goal of the Ensemble is to inform young people about traditional values and protect their cultural heritage. Each year the management of the Ensemble recruits new young musicians and dancers who continue the tradition. The group has been successful in encouraging young people to appreciate folk music.
The young, eighteen-year-old actress Mirka Vasiljevic is one of the famous promoters of folk dances. Having taken the lead role in Srdjan Dragojevic’s film ‘We are not angels 2’, she has gained the respect of a younger audience. She has been dancing in the folk ensemble for 10 years, attracting a lot of interest from her peers and encouraging them to follow in her footsteps.
The associates of the Ensemble, such as Olga Skovran and Milorad Miškovic, are among the best known choreographers in Serbia. Also the musicians, composers and conductors like Stevan Hristic or Dušan Skovran, are well-known in the country. ‘Kolo’ has toured on all continents, hosted over 5,000 concerts with over 10,000,000 visitors, and performed at some of the most prestigious concert halls including the Metropolitan, Carnegie Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Opera House in Cologne, Theatre Fenice, Bolshoi Theatre, Opera House in Amsterdam, and Cambridge Theatre.
This organisation has created a unique way of communicating a universal language for every person, regardless of their race, religion, language and culture. What the Ensemble aims for is to bring people together just as they do while dancing Kolo. Therefore, ‘KOLO’ is the guardian and the ambassador of Serbian folk art.