WHY I BECAME A FOLK
SINGER AT 47
THE FEAR OF CLONING
(WITH SINGING IN CROATIAN, ENGLISH, INDONESIAN,
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
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.
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
Dunja performs the songs accompanying
herself on the guitar, percussions or she
sings with no accompanyment
the performance is adapted to the age
of the audience
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