April 13, 2009

Episode 1: Invitation to Dance

"...where every Friday is Friday the 13th!"

The new show "Danse Macabre" on radio Kanal 103 (Skopje, Macedonia) kicked off in gory style on Friday, March 10. Hosted by Ivica Serdarot and a revolving door of ├╝bercool friends, from now on the show will be casting magic spells via FM radio every Friday at midnight.

"Danse Macabre" is the French phrase for the widespread concept/allegory known as the Dance of Death in the English language, Danza Macabra in Italian and Spanish, and Totentanz in German. La Danse Macabre consists of the personified death leading a row of dancing skeletal figures from all walks of life to the grave. In the late-medieval period, the concept was produced to remind people of how fragile their lives were. Its origins are postulated from illustrated sermon texts, the earliest known artistic example found in a Parisian cemetery dating from 1424. 

As the visual image of Death personified, the Dance of Death is nowadays routinely tied to the horror genre and related events such as the annual celebration of Halloween. 

In this sense, the show "Danse Macabre" is a late night radio program with a horror sensibility, a program that pays its respect to the genre by focusing on all of its manifestations and quirks, having fun with its better-known monsters and creatures, introducing its more obscure representatives, and finally, discussing some serious current issues through the prism of the macabre. Oh, and there's some great music, too! :)

Playlist for episode numero uno

Starting from episode 2, blog visitors will be able to download entire show playlist, and if the gods of currently available technology allow us, we'll put entire shows available for download - but be warned! the show usually goes in Macedonian, hehe...

That's it for introductions. Check this space for regular updates, and stay swell in the meantime!

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