Mr Ivančan has been a regular lecturer at the Croatian Heritage Foundation’s Croatian School of Folklore where, as a top academy-educated expert and dance pedagogue and choreographer with refined artistic sensibilities for the stage presentation of Croatian folklore, he has earned esteem among both participants and his fellow lecturers.
Professor Andrija Ivančan, a graduate of ethnology and Polish studies, a long tome collaborator of the Croatian Heritage Foundation and the expert head of our traditional Summer and Winter Schools of Croatian Folklore, has been appointed to the post of artistic director of the LADO Croatian dance and music ensemble. He will assume the new post at the helm of the national ensemble on the 18th of April of this year.
Andrija Ivančan began his career in folklore back in 1983 when he signed up to become a member of the Joža Vlahović Folklore Ensemble (now the Dr Ivan Ivančan Zagreb Folklore Ensemble). By 1989 he had assumed the leadership of this ensemble. From 1990 to 1994 he was employed as a member of the LADO ensemble and, from 1994, was the first artist in the domain of folklore choreography to be granted the status of freelance artist. Andrija Ivančan is the only official Croatian instructor for Croatian folk dances with the International Council of Organizations of Folklore Festivals and Folk Arts (CIOFF), the official selector for children’s and adult groups for the national Croatian Culture Assembly Review and the head of numerous county level seminars staged by this institution. He is a member of the Croatian Composers’ Association, the Croatian Pedagogical-Literary Society and the Association of Ballet Artists of Croatia. Since 2007 he has staged expert lectures in the domain of traditional culture at various expert gatherings organised by the Croatian Pedagogical-Literary Society and the Education and Teacher Training Agency.
Since 1994 he has been a regular lecturer at the Croatian Heritage Foundation’s Croatian School of Folklore where, as a top academy-educated expert and dance pedagogue and choreographer with refined artistic sensibilities for the stage presentation of Croatian folklore, he has earned esteem among both participant and his fellow lecturers. In 2001 Andrija Ivančan assumed the role of expert head of the Croatian School of Folklore, proposing a four-year instructional programme covering all four Croatian dance zones and the corresponding theoretical lecture courses – he pooled the best associates to work with and since then this very important CHF programme has seen a string of successes.
Andrija Ivančan saw his greatest achievement in his work as an artist and pedagogue with the Zagreb Folklore Ensemble, staging a series of brilliant choreographies inspired by original folklore content. With the Zagreb Folklore Ensemble he was a guest of the most prestigious international stages and festivals and won numerous awards. The choreographies penned by Andrija Ivančan are now performed by many folklore ensembles across Croatia and by folklore ensembles in the Croatian communities abroad on all continents.
The Croatian Heritage Foundation also values the excellent collaboration it has had with Andrija Ivančan to date in our institution’s other programmes, in particular in the artistic and authorial preparation and realisation of major stage projects related to Croatian traditional culture. From among the many programmes we would highlight the Pivaj sine, da Hrvati žive (Sing Son, That Croatians Live On) concert staged in December of 2012 at the large auditorium of Vatroslav Lisinski Concert Hall dedicated to the traditions of Croatians living abroad, which saw its debut performance feature the Dr Ivan Ivančan Zagreb Folklore Ensemble. Andrija Ivančan’s great artistic merit was responsible for the preparation and realisation of the gala Welcome Concert also staged at the large auditorium of Vatroslav Lisinski Concert Hall in July of 2013 on the occasion of the Croatian Fraternal Union of America and Canada’s Folklore Ensemble Festival.
We congratulate our esteemed associate on his appointment to the post of artistic director of the LADO Croatian dance and music ensemble and wish him great success in his future work!
Text by: Srebrenka Šeravić