The dances are not dead as long as there is at least one dancer alive
The story speaks of a man's fight, and also a fight of one micro - community, to preserve the old dances of a small region in Montenegro - the city of Kolasin with the environment around it. Montenegrin archaic dances never were studied on a scientific basis. After the end of World War II and the arrival of the Communist Party to power in Yugoslavia, whose part becomes The Republic of Montenegro, state management considers unwanted the archaic/traditional elements of heritage. One man, we can say accidentally, starts to deal with Montenegrin traditional dances and realizes that the old dances were danced completely different and that there is almost no serious scientific research about that. He starts to go around the villages and countrysides, asking old people, filming their stories and with every day realizing the real truth about the dance heritage of his birthplace. And now, how to show that truth to the public? After college, he goes back to his birthplace, gathers a dance group and together they learn old ways of dancing and singing. The goal of this small group in Kolasin is for more people to get to know their dances. They are, after the death of most story tellers, "the last keepers of tradition". Today, they also have an international Ethno-camp where students and professors from different countries exchange the knowledge of old dances and music. Hidden deep beneath the Montenegrin hills, one small dance group gives a new life to the heritage and wants Europe and the world to find out about her...
Community engagement, Diversity, Education, Cross-frontier collaboration