Filip Petkovski

Filip Petkovski

Ph.D. in Culture and Performance

Filip Petkovski is a dancer, dance scholar, dance instructor, and theatrical director from Skopje, Macedonia. He graduated from a performing arts high school where he studied dance heritage and ballet, and continued dancing for the ensemble for Eastern European folk dances and songs- Tamburitzans, based at Duquesne University where he studied theater arts. He has performed quite extensively throughout Europe, The United States and Canada and taught many workshops on Macedonian and Eastern European dance heritage, while he also choreographed for various ensembles. Moreover, he has directed eight theatrical productions in Macedonia, Norway and the USA and focuses on American drama from the 20th century. Filip has explored different approaches of staging and choreographing dance in Macedonia during his Master studies of dance anthropology and ethnochoreology at the Choreomundus program: International Master of Dance Knowledge, Practice and Heritage, through a consortium of 4 European Universities: The Norwegian University of Science and Technology based in Trondheim, Norway; Universite Blaise Pascal based in Clermont- Ferrand, France; Szeged University based in Szeged, Hungary and Roehampton University based in London, United Kingdom.

Research Interests

As a Ph.D. candidate, he is working on his Ph.D. dissertation project entitled "From Community to Humanity: Dance as Intangible Cultural Heritage" and he analyzes the historical process of recontextualization in three social dances and how these dances are used as mediums for imagining and local, ethnic, and national identity through UNESCO’s Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. He is the recipient of several scholarships from Duquesne University, The European Commission and UCLA. Filip is now working as a Teaching Associate at the WAC/D department, but has also worked at UNESCO and for the Embassy of Macedonia in the United Kingdom, focusing on cultural policy and art and cultural management.

Published Work

Petkovski, F. (2014). The women’s ritual processions Lazarki in Macedonia. Venets: The Belogradchik Journal for Local History, Cultural Heritage and Folk Studies. Vol. 5. Number 1. pp. 107- 127.

Petkovski, F. (2015). Professional Folk Dance Ensembles in Eastern Europe and the Presentation of Folk Dance on Stage. Proceedings of ICTM’s Study Group on Music and Dance in Southeastern Europe: 2014 Symposium – Petnica, Serbia. pp. 173-178.

Petkovski, F. (2015). Memory and Perspectives: Choreomundus- International Master in Dance Knowledge, Practice and Heritage. Struga’s Music Fall. Proceedings of The Society of Composers of Macedonia- Struga, Macedonia.

Petkovski, F. (2015). Ethnochoreological analysis of the folk dance Raiko through different structural analyses. Etnolog. Nu.17. Macedonian Ethnological Society. Skopje.

Petkovski, F. (2016). Crnogorka- the dance that does not exists. Institutionalized folkloristic and ethnology in Macedonia and Balkans – theory and empiricism. Institute for folklore Marko Cepenkov. Skopje, Macedonia. pp. 369- 378.

Petkovski, F. (2017). UNESCO and the notion of “staged rituals”- The case with The National Ensemble of Folk Dances and Songs of Croatia LADO. Proceedings of ICTM’s Study Group on Music and Dance in Southeastern Europe: 2016 Symposium – Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria.

Petkovski, F. (2017). Chuchuk, Chachak, Chochek: Who inspired whom?. Struga’s Music Fall. Proceedings of The Society of Composers of Macedonia- Struga, Macedonia.

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