Brussels, Strasbourg, Luxembourg
23 November 2016
Performance of Lúčnica dance ensemble / Strasbourg
Slovak culture reflects the diversity of influences from the length and breadth of Slovakia, as the vivacious east meets the culturally and economically advanced west, and the melodies of the sunny south merge with the secretive magic of the north. Folk songs, music, dance, and traditional costume – still handmade to this day – are manifold and different in each region, retaining their own poetry and lively spirit.
The Slovak artistic ensemble Lúčnica, which has garnered top accolades in Slovakia and abroad, embodies the quintessence of Slovak folk art. It represents the original culture of the nation and is an artistic and generational link between past traditions and the present.
Lúčnica is eternally young – the ensemble's members come from the ranks of students at secondary schools, colleges and universities in Bratislava, adding up to over 2 000 members since 1948. The ensemble's artistic direction emanates from traditional folklore art. Its one-of-a-kind professional staging is the work of its artistic leader and chief choreographer, Professor Štefan Nosáľ.
Lúčnica's artistry, beauty, youth and liveliness have captivated audiences in more than 60 countries in Europe, Asia, Africa and America and in Australia. Lúčnica has evolved into a cultural phenomenon and an ambassador of sorts for Slovakia, representing the country in the most universal of languages – its original national culture.
The programme Lúčnica – Forever Young, which will be presented during the Slovak Presidency, features Lúčnica's dance ensemble, chorus and orchestra. A wide array of unique dance choreographies from diverse parts of Slovakia will be on show. The performance will feature 16 pairs of dancers, four singers and 11 orchestra members. Also featured are musical pieces incorporating the ‘fujara’ – a type of fipple flute unique to Slovakia – and cimbalom, so often used in Slovak folk music.
PHOTO: P. Brenkus