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Tonight, the Museum of the National Theater in Belgrade will present the “Olga Skovran” award for lifetime achievement in the field of folk dance, whose first laureate is Bogdanka Boba Đurić, a member and longtime director of the “Kolo” Ensemble, the Serbian Ballet Artists Association (UBUS) announced.

This year, for the first time, UBUS is awarding the Lifetime Achievement Award for a lasting contribution to the artistic game in the field of folk dance. In the explanation of the decision to award the “Olga Skovran” Award to Bogdanka Boba Đurić, the jury emphasized that she “spent her entire working life in” Kola “, playing both on domestic and the most recognized world stages”.

“Playing the entire program of regular concerts, she faithfully evoked the mentalities she interpreted with her movement. She realized the further idea of ​​spreading, transmitting and remembering the tradition of folk dance, song and music in the House of Pioneers of Belgrade, where she selflessly passed on her own knowledge and experiences for two decades “, reads the decision of the jury consisting of: Vera Obradović, professor at the Faculty of Arts in the northern part of Kosovska Mitrovica, Svetozar Krstić, vice-president of UBUS, ethno-choreologist Zdravko Ranisavljević, pedagogue of folk dance Vladan Životić and Miloš Cile Mitić, director of the ensemble “Venac”.

Bogdanka Đurić (Belgrade 1938) graduated from the High Ballet School – classical ballet and ethnology studies at the Faculty of Philosophy in Belgrade. She began her working life in 1958 in the Ensemble of Folk Dances and Songs of Serbia “KOLO”, with which she traveled the world and researched folk art. The Cultural and Educational Parliament of Croatia awarded her the title of choreographer of folk dances. She was the director of the Ensemble “KOLO” for two terms. She is the author of several books, and she is a contributor to many TV shows in the field of folk dance. In 1970, she founded the Studio for Folk Art in the House of Pioneers of Belgrade, which dealt with practical and theoretical work. She is one of the founders of the Children’s Assembly of the original children’s groups of Yugoslavia, the Club of Folk Dance, Song and Music Lovers, as well as the “Joy of Europe” event.

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