Concert Rika Taka, New Balkan Rhythm of Alice in WonderBand presents world music from Balkans in innovative musical arrangements, performed with body percussion and singing.
It represents cultural heritage in a direct, breathtaking and extraordinary way.

World music from the Balkans

Songs from Serbia, Macedonia, Croatia, Montenegro, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary, Albania describe the world and culture of the Balkans, which all people, including minorities from this area share not just by geography.

The music in the concert connects all the countries of the area. Many of those had or have a history of political disputes. The world of Balkans is described with its world music, rhythms and beats, illustrating that the people of the region have a real connection, aside from the political turmoil.

Musical video Mesechinka

RikaTaka, New Balkan Rhythm album is No 7 on World Music Charts Europe and No 10 on Balkan World Music Chart.

Find it: digital platforms or web shop of the publisher CPL Music.

From the Press

“I raise my imaginary hat, the way they brought together the vocals and the varied rhythms extracted from the body instruments (and the minimal instrumental accompaniment), this is really a new sound in Balkan world music.”

Galgóczi Tamás, ekultura.hu

Mit einem unbändigen Elan bringt das Duo Alice in WonderBand aus Serbien einen interessanten Stilmix zu Gehör.”

Michael Brinkschulte, Der Hörspiegel

Always original and inspiring

“Amazing band. Or a miracle of a band.” 
Amir Misirlić

 “… they brought their new musical expression to perfection and to a high artistic value.” 
Dragutin Matošević, Barikada.com

“The Alice in WonderBand duo are constantly chasing through exciting landscapes of art, creativity, ideas and projects like a rushing train… always original and inspiring.”
Marija Vitas, Magazine Etnoumlje, World Music Association, Serbia

Music video Ergen dedo
Musical video Teach me, mother, scold me

“The turning point in their career has happened in 2011, when the landmark of (their) work became the theater, that is, in 2013, when (they) started expressing themselves with the simplest means, voice and body percussion, so „body as an instrument“ has become an appropriate determinant of what they are creating now and their artistic expression has become significantly reduced. This does not mean less effective and expressive, on the contrary.”
Oliver Đorđević, Magazine Etnoumlje, WMAS, Serbia

“…the recapitulation and reorganisation or disintegration not known until now of this (Balkan) tradition…”
Branimir Lokner, TMMzine

About Alice in WonderBand


Alice in WonderBand was founded in 1998 on Fruska Gora in North Serbia and since then the band has been performing world music and educating audience in Serbia and neighboring region. The only artists in this part of Europe who have been developing very specific type of performing arts: it is a unity of music, theater, dance, movement and acrobatics with special art of body percussion.

They have been working with international body percussion artists and developing this technique which uses body as a rhythmical instrument.

Alice in WonderBand is a lifelong project of musicians Ana Vrbaski and Marko Dinjaski, who are partners on stage and in private life for 24 years, which gives their presence and relationship on stage completely new dimension.

Višnja Obradovic, coreographer, is the actress of Serbian National Theater in Novi Sad. She was educated internationally in acting, movement, dance and comedia dell’ arte. She has played numerous rolls in her home theater and has received numerous acknowledgements and awards. She was also working as an assistant professor at the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad, teaching stage movement and comedia dell’ arte.

Performances in Barski ljetopis (Studio Petović), Ethno.com festival (Vodenis Media), Body Rhythm Hamburg festival
(Georg Tedeschi), photos (Igor Stević)


World music concert Rika Taka
New Balkan Rhythm
Performed by Ana Vrbaski i Marko Dinjaski
Musical arrangements/Composition Alice in WonderBand
Coreography Visnja Obradovic
Sound design by Goran Vujicin
Costumes by Jelena Nedeljkovic; Lutkart
Hair style by Budislav Vlajkov / Beastic
Produced by Open circle Novi Sad
Performance duration is one hour.

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Announcements

2023
02/10 Silosi, Beograd, Serbia
03/16 Klub A3, Knin, Croatia
03/17 FUNK (E.T.N.O. production), Koprvnica, Croatia
03/18 Prulček, Ljubljana, Slovenia
05/28 Body Rhythm festival show, Hamburg, Germany
09/07-09 BALKAN:MOST Festival, Veszprem, Hungary

Selected performances

2022
09/22 New Balkan Rhythm festival, Sremski Karlovci, Serbia
08/27 Trznfest, Trzin, Slovenia
08/06 Floating castle festival, Castle Snežnik, Slovenia
06/04 Body Rhythm festival show, Hamburg, Germany
02/13 Močvara klub, Zagreb, Croatia
2021
10/23 Ethno Fusion Fest, Belgrade, Serbia
08/02 Karusel festival, Čačak, Serbia
2020
17/06 Artist Lockdown, online ticketed event
13/06 Stay Home Music festival, online live stream on Facebook
13/01 Doček, Novi Sad, Serbia
2019
02/23 concert in Meta Theater, Munich, Germany
09/28 Ethno.com festival, Pančevo, Serbia
2018
10/11 Freies Musikzentrum e.V. München, Munich, Germany
02/05 New year’s meeting of Kulturforum Rosenheim, City Gallery Rosenheim, Germany
02/04 Cafe Kurkuma, Hallein, Austria
2017
09/28 Festival Week of foreign cultures, Serbian cultural centre, Paris, France

Concert performance at Docek in Novi Sad 2020
Performance at Body Rhythm festival in Hamburg