KRIČI KRIČI TIČEK I

Croatian

 
PRONUNCIATION: KREE-chee KREE-chee TEE-chehk
 
TRANSLATION: Chirp, chirp, little bird
 
SOURCE: Dick Oakes learned this dance from Dick Crum who collected this version of Kriči Krič Tiček in Croatia, north of Zagreb, in 1954 and presented to folk dancers in the United States in 1955. Mr. Crum taught the dance at the 1976 Idyllwild Weekend. Anthony Shay taught a variant at the 1970 California Kolo Festival. Zvonimir Ljevaković, Lado's choreographer, collected this dance and exhibited it for decades. It has also been taught by John Filcich.
 
BACKGROUND: Kriči Kriči Tiček is from the Prigorje district just north of the Croatian capital of Zagreb. Dick Crum says that the drmeš (pronounced DRR-mesh), or shaking dance, is the most typical dance form in the northwestern part of Croatia. Drmeši are rarely danced today, except at weddings or other celebrations, and usually only by older dancers, dancing as couples or in small circles of three or four. Otherwise, the drmeš is usually only seen when performed by amateur dance groups who may select a tune and some movements culled from the older dancers for presentation to audiences as living museum pieces. Sometimes, groups from adjacent villages will select different movements and sequences for a particular melody common to both, giving rise to what puzzled American folk dancers sometimes think of as conflicting versions of the same dance. Kriči Kriči Tiček is one such dance that has undergone this preservative process.

This circle version of the dance is that taught by Dick Crum. Another version, taught by Dr. Athony Shay in 1970, is danced with joined hands held down at sides in "V" pos, has an additional side-stepping figure, and has arm movements.

MUSIC: Festival Records (45rpm) FM-4002-a
Folk Dancer (78rpm) MH 3021-A

Crum, Dick. "Kriči Kriči Tiček" (sheet music), Vranjanka and Other Jugoslav Songs and Dances, Hargail Music Press, New York, 1954
Geisler, Richard. "Kriči Kriči Tiček" (sheet music), The Yugoslav Collection, The Village & Early Music Society, 15181 Ballantree Lane, Grass Valley, CA 95949-7633
Geisler, Richard. "Kriči Kriči Tiček" (sheet music), Village Dance Music from Around the World, The Village & Early Music Society, 15181 Ballantree Lane, Grass Valley, CA 95949-7633

FORMATION:Closed cir of mixed M and W with hands joined with second person on either side in a back-basket hold ("B" pos). When the cir alternates exactly M, W, M, W, etc., W hands tend to be joined over M arms to allow the M to give better support.
 
METER/RHYTHM: 2/4
 
STEPS/STYLE: During the hop-step-steps, the free leg is stiff and extended. During the walking steps, the cir does not dip (the supporting knee does not bend), but remains completely level throughout.
 

MEASMOVEMENT DESCRIPTION

 
 INTRODUCTION - none
 
I. HOP-STEP-STEPS CW
 
1Facing slightly diag L and moving in RLOD (CW), hop R, extending L leg stiffly out to L about three inches off floor (ct 1); step L directly below its extend pos (ct &); step R across in front of L (ct 2); hold (ct &).
2-8Repeat action of meas 1 seven more times.
 
II. WALKING CW, CCW
 
1Continuing in RLOD (CW), step L (ct 1); step R across in front of L (ct &); step L (ct 2); step R across in front of L (ct &);
2-3Continuing in RLOD (CW), repeat action of meas 1 two more times.
4Continuing in RLOD (CW), step L (ct 1); step R across in front of L (ct &); step L (ct 2); pivot on L, turning to face slightly diag R in LOD, with R extended in LOD in preparation to step in LOD.
5-8Repeat action of meas 1 to R in LOD (CCW) four times with opp ftwk.
 
 NOTE: There is no pivot at the end of meas 8. Wt is taken on L on final ct (ct &) and dancers remain facing slightly diag R.
 
III. HOP-STEP-STEPS CCW
 
1-8Repeat action of Fig I to R in LOD (CW) with opp ftwk.
 
IV. WALKING CCW, CW
 
1-8Repeat action of Fig II in opp dir with opp ftwk.
 
 Repeat entire dance from beg.
 

KRIČI, KRIČI, TIČEK
Croatia

/ Kriči, kriči, tičk, na suhem grmeku. /
/ Kaj je tebi, a moj tiček, kaj si tak turoben? /
 
/ Kriči, kriči, tičk, na suhem grmeku. /
/ Kaj je tebi, a moj tiček, kaj si tak turoben? /
 
/ Kaj si zgubil dragu, kaj te je lubila? /
/ Kaj je tebe a moj tiček, draga ostavila? /
 
/ Nije mene moja draga ostavila. /
/ Nije mene moja mila draga ostavila. /
 
/ Već sam zgubil krila, nem'rem poleteti. /
/ Već sam zgubil laka krila, nemrem poleteti. /
 
/ Zato tebe, draga, v jesen nem'rem zeti. /
/ Zato tebe4, mila draga, v jesen nem'rem zeti. /
 
  Chirp, chirp little bird, on the dry branch.
What’s the matter, my little bird, why are you so sad?
 
Chirp, chirp little bird, on the dry branch.
What’s the matter, my little bird, why are you so sad?
 
Did you lose your sweetheart who loved you?
Did your sweetheart leave you, my little bird?
 
My dear sweetheart did not leave me.
My dear sweetheart did not leave me.
 
I have lost my wings, I can no longer fly.
I have lost my light wings, I can no longer fly.
 
That’s why, darling, I can’t marry you this fall.
That’s why, darling, I can’t marry you this fall.
 

Copyright © 2011 by Dick Oakes