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 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.
People from Balkans share the culture emotionally and historically in this politically unstable area in constant changes.
From the Press
“(Their) authenticity is magical, and what amazes the most are the countless possibilities of body rhythm. The audience is fascinated, delighted, wanting more and wanting to postpone the end of this performance as much as possible, as the performance drawing us in.”
Ines Wagner, Kulturvision Aktuell
“Quick and intensive rhythm of the play that urges audience with its tempo and sincerity to remember the strength that body possesses and could be awaken.”
Nataša Gvozdenovic, theater critic
Always original and inspiring
“The star of this duo from Novi Sad, that have been working for years and building their artistic story and career, seems to be shining very brightly in the past few years with creativity in many public performances.”
“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
“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 Djordjevic, Magazine Etnoumlje, WMAS, Serbia
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)
Photographs: Aleksandar Alempijevic, Karusel festival, Cacak, 2021
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 Natasa Jovicic / Lutkart
Hair style by Budislav Vlajkov / Beastic
Produced by Open circle Novi Sad
Performance duration is one hour.
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06/05 Body Rhythm festival, Hamburg, Germany
11 Voice Mania festival, Vienna, Austria