Orebic - (peninsula) Peljesac
The video fragment shows the dance named Kapetanski ples (Captain's dance) performed by the local folk dance group Poloneza. This is the example of the newly reconstructed and invented tradition that became an unavoidable sign of the Orebic identity.
Like numerous coastal or island communities, settlements such as Orebic have a special term in the Croatian language. Misto identifies a settlement that is a mixture of urban (town - grad) and rural community (village - selo). This small community characterizes a friendly atmosphere where everybody knows each other. On the other hand, most of Orebic's inhabitants live modern urban lives following all recent urban trends (fashion, standard of living). To better understand the present way of life in Orebic we should look at historical and recent economic resources and circumstances, which are comparable to most Dalmatian island (coastal) towns. Agriculture, and shipping trades were main economic resources in the past. Shipping trade was the most important financial source. The golden age of shipping trade was the second half of the 18th and 19th century. The navigation is still important feature of Orebic. Today, its captains are still sailing all over the world.
The folklore movement started in 1964, with the
increasing interest for the new source of economic dependency - tourism.
Matko Zupa, the chief of the tourist office at the time, started a folk
dancing group, in desire to contribute to the tourist offering. For the
first performance of the folk group, Matko invented Kapetanski ples
Choreography of the dance includes elements from various dances
informally performed in Orebic in the past: malfrina, polka,
mazurka, poloneza, sotis ("Scottische") and
valcer (Vekaric 1975:129). The dancers formed two parallel rows with
the capo in front of the group. The capo commands the
figure changes and leads the group through the space. The reconstruction
of costumes has been designed according to the old photos of the Orebic
nobles of the late 19th century. Thanks to their captains, the textile
and clothing materials, at that time, came from sea ports all over the
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