Author: Ivana Stepanovic
Date: 29th January, 2009
‘KOLO’, the Ensemble of Folk Dances and Songs has maintained the tradition of Serbian folk music and dance for over 60 years. The Kolo dance can be regarded as a trademark of Serbian culture and holds considerable social significance, being customary at weddings and other major celebrations. The Ensemble chose the name to demonstrate the socio-cultural importance of this form of dance. Traditionally, the dancers form a circle, holding hands, which may appear to be similar to a kind of magical ritual. They turn their backs on the outside world, shielding themselves against evil spells. The performance of the dance is thought to facilitate happiness, welfare, fertility, and a good harvest.