In the late 2013, a study of the history of dance and dance movement and its development in the context of early human history was initiated and on those grounds a conceptual "re"construction of prehistoric dances was created. It was presented in the form of an educational dance performance with the goal of presenting the archaeological heritage through a possible vision of dances and dance movements from few selected prehistoric periods - Neolithic, Eneolithic, and Bronze Age. The project was named The Forgotten Movement.
The research was based on the study of ethnochoreological, ethnoarchaeological, and archaeological literature as well as on consultations with Croatian and foreign ethnochoreologists, choreographers, archaeologists, and ethnologists. Besides the development and history of dance movement, it also covered the archaeologically investigated cultural and economic levels of development of prehistoric communities and their clothes (as clothes are a part of cultural identity closely related to folklore) that were studied in the archaeological context. Although only segmentary, some traces from the life of prehistoric communities provide us with enough elements to reconstruct parts of their everyday life. Knowledge and understanding of the past necessarily requires understanding of not only present-time conditions but also their development, and includes historical and ethnographic understanding as an integral, thoughtful study of processes that have resulted in certain characteristics of space and life in it, both today and in the past. The aim of the project is to animate and educate the general public by depicting a specific segment of life of former communities and by getting acquainted with some of the universal links between the human dance movement and the world in which it is taking place.
Three six-minute choreographies with thirteen amateur and semi-professional dancers were rehearsed and a soundtrack was created in collaboration with professional musicians and in line with the data from the literature about the possible features of instruments and music from the periods in question. Also, costumes were made (based on the data from the literature and the already existing reconstructions) as possible replicas of clothes and jewellery from the mentioned periods. All the clothes were designed and made by Tena Karavidović, and the replicas of the bronze jewellery by Ana Mrazek.
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