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MARKERS IN TIME: COSTUME AND SCENIC CHARACTERISTICS OF MOCK COMBAT SWORD DANCES PERFORMANCES

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Institute of Ethonology and Folklore Research
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  • Moreška
  • Korčula
  • Meksiko
  • Moreška
  • Croatia
  • Mexico

Abstract

This study presents speculations about the Korčula moreška based on comparative observations of mock combat sword performances in Mexico. Three markers are identified: the Roman military style theatrical costume, two unequal length swords, and staging characteristics of oppositional groups. Although these "markers" are noted in unrelated ethnographic geographical contexts, they direct us to look into historical periods of the markers: the costume, swords and staging of the Korčula moreška. The moreška as it is performed currently is unique to Korčula, but the comparison with selected features (markers) have historical relationship to mock combat sword performances introduced into Mexico during the 16th century.

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