Kriči Kriči Tiček – Croatia

Kriči Kriči Tiček is a popular Croatian folk song.

For lyrics & English translation, go here:

For the sheet music in several keys, go here:


According to the 1992 Folk Dance Problem Solver,  Kriči Kriči Tiček the dance was “collected” by Zvonimir Ljevacović, choreographer for the Croatian national dance troupe Lado, from the Prigorje region, near Zagreb.  It was featured in Lado performances for decades.  Dick Crum learned it in the early 1950’s from “natives in Yugoslavia” (Lado?).  The dance Kriči Kriči Tiček is only slightly different from the basic Drmeš, one of my Most Important Folk Dances.

I suspect the song has no choreography per se.  Croatians sing it on various occasions without dancing.  When danced to, the local village version of Drmeš* was likely the preferred, but not only choreography.

I can find no YouTubes of people dancing to Kriči Kriči Tiček in Croatia, except by this young performing group.

However Recreational Folk Dancers consider Kriči Kriči Tiček a specific dance with  a specific choreography.  Teachers who have introduced dances called Kriči Kriči Tiček include Dick Crum, John Filcich, Anthony Shay, and Dick Oakes.  None of them have claimed to have seen the dance performed in a “village” setting in Croatia.  That makes this choreography 2nd Generation by my definition.

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