Dunjaés music has been used in several theatre performances: Budi se lijepa and Mrtva svadba at Teatar ITD, Zagreb, Cezar (directed by Branko Brezovac), ... jer bez tebe nema mene (a dance performance coreographed by Barbara Novkovic.

A theatre performance titled Ogledam se (I Am Looking Around Me) where children dance to her recorded music was featured during the International Children's Festival in Sibenik in 1997.

Dunja also has two performances where she is the sole author and only performer.

First one is autobiographic monoplay named WHY I BECAME A FOLK SINGER AT 47 OR THE FEAR OF CLONING (with singing in croatian, english, indonesian and russian).

Second is a performance for children: THE STORY ABOUT FORGOTTEN SONGS OR A MUSICAL JOURNEY AROUND THE WORLD.

These performances can be performed in English.

 


WHY I BECAME A FOLK SINGER AT 47 OR THE FEAR OF CLONING
(WITH SINGING IN CROATIAN, ENGLISH, INDONESIAN, AND RUSSIAN)


The first performance took place on May 3, 1997 at the Rupa student club, Faculty of Philosophy in Zagreb.

The word monodrama actually stands for performance/concert/narration. While the basic story and procedures remain the same, Dunja adapts her interpretations to the place where she is performing and each performance is different.

In the regular morning news JUTARNJA KRONIKA by Hrvatski radio (Croatian Radio), Maja Saboliż, Croatian Radio editor, comments Dunjaés monodrama performance on January 28, 2001 at Mala dvorana Vatroslava Lisinskog (smaller hall of the two major concert halls in Zagreb):

A musician sometimes has the need to express himself in other ways, not only through singing as in Dunjaés case. Although Dunja Knebl began singing at 47 and entered the Croatian musical scene with a repertory of traditional, mainly MeŢimurean folk songs, she felt the need to express herself with a performance that may be defined as a concert in a much wider sense of the word.

Chronologically, during an hour ÷ often with self-irony, using concise sentences and singing folk songs from America, Indonesia, Russia ÷ and of course ÷ Croatia , Dunja leads us on a journey through her own life.

THE STORY ABOUT FORGOTTEN SONGS
OR A MUSICAL JOURNEY AROUND THE WORLD


A concert performance for children of all ages: from kindergarten children to school children. The first two performances took place in Zabok in October, 2001: one for the Zabok kindergarten, and one for the Zabok elementary school children.

What is the performance about?

­ traditional folk songs from Croatia and other countries (while Dunja sings and plays the guitar or percussions she also talks about folk songs and musical instruments)
­ Dunja tells the story of her life by singing songs from the countries she has lived in (USA, Russia, Indonesia, Croatia)

What does it look like?

­ Dunja sings songs from the countries she has lived in and changes details of her attire characteristic for the countries where the song she is singing comes from
­ There is constant interaction between Dunja and the children so the children also get the chance to sing or talk
­ Dunja teaches the children to sing a song from the region where the performance is taking place
­ Dunja performs the songs accompanying herself on the guitar, percussions or she sings with no accompanyment

Age:

­ the performance is adapted to the age of the audience

Goal:

­ as there is a vast amount of information and music coming from abroad, the performance aims at making young people become interested in their roots and music