Moreska Korcula

Korcula is a lovely island northwest of Dubrovnik, with a walled city fortress and history going back hundreds of years.  Francesco Da Mosto did a documentary (Francesco’s Mediterranean Voyage Ep.3) including the Moreska Korcula or the traditional sword dance of Korcula. In this land narrated by its history of invaders, this story is about a lovely girl who is captured by the Black Prince and saved by the Korculean prince.

We were in Korcula on the night the Moreska was playing and had a most interesting evening. First people watching as every seat was taken in the ‘theatre’ space, the welcome by  a CJ Craig* look alike MC in five languages, traditional songs sung acapella by the Korcula equivalent to the Circular Quay chorus and finally the  Moreska itself. Here are a few photos.

Moreska Pageantry
Moreska Pageantry
The Black Prince taunting the Korculeans
The Black Prince taunting the Korculeans
Face Off with the Princess in the background
Face Off with the Princess in the background
The Korculean Prince is winning!
The Korculean Prince is winning!

Sparks fly off the swords, the good guys win but the interesting fact is that this is a family tradition. These men are following in the footsteps of their fathers, grandfathers and other ancestors.   Croatia is a land of tradition and new beginnings.

* CJ Craig of West Wing, played by Alison Janney.