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90 minutes program for concert in Brentwood, New York in 2009

01. "SUBBOTEYA" ("" - Saturday Affair) - Russian folk song. In this song young girl explains to her boyfriend how he should behave: "You have to bring me gifts, take me out all the time, you should not kiss me, but only hug".
(costume character #1 "Petushok")


 
02. "BARYNYA" ("") - original Russian folk dance with short "Chastushki" (four line folk verses). It was the first number in the program that was presented by ensemble back in 1991. The Barynya dance is an alternation of limericks and frenetic dancing. The content is always humoristic. The dancing consists mainly of fancy stomping and traditional Russian squat work. In old times in Russia the word "Barynya" (Landlady) was used by simple folks as a form of addressing to a woman of higher class.


 
03. "Kamarinskaia" or "DEVOCHKA NADYA" (" " - Nadya, Little Girl) - Russian Two Step dance performed by musicians (instrumental). Solo on Russian folk instrument balalaika.


 
04. "NANAITSY" (" " - Fight of two kids) - idea of this dance belong to Igor Alexandrovich Moiseyev, famous Russian choreographer (1906-2007). The sumo-style kind of wrestling match is the favorite sport of the Nanai people who inhabit the frigid Northern region of Russia. This dance has a very special secret that will be revealed in the end of the performance.
(track#1)
(costume character#2 "Nanaitsy")


 
05. "METELITSA" ("" - The Snowstorm)- traditional Russian song and dance.
"...Snowstorm is blowing along the street, My sweetheart is walking there, Please stop, do not walk, dear!, Let me look at you, my joy!..."


 
06. "KOROBUSHKA" ("" - The Peddlers) - Russian favorite folk song. Lyrics are by the great Russian poet Nekrasov. A countryside peddler has a basket filled with attractive prints and brocades. At first-sight he falls in love with a pleasant girl. He is ready to lay at her feet all his worldly goods for a glance from her dark eyes and a kiss from her ruby-red-lips.


 
07. "YABLOCHKO" ("" - Sailors' Dance) - this world famous dance was performed by many Russian troupes for international audiences all over the world. The dance represents genre of "Socialist Realism". Socialist Realism began as a popular movement in the Soviet Union, attracting a general audience by representing so called "real life". In the effort to connect performing arts to the Soviet life style, artists, composers and writers looked for themes and plot lines from Soviet life and history. Stories that showed workers promoting socialism were prized by Stalin, Khrushev, Brezhnev and most of the Communists Party of USSR leaders. Dance of Russian Sailors ("Yablochko") remained in the repertory of Soviet companies for decades.
(track#2)


 
08. "EI, UKHNEM" (", !" - Volga Boatmen) - well-known traditional Russian song. It is a genuine barge-haulers' shanty. The song, also called The Volga Burlak's Song. The song has been a favourite concert piece of Russian singers. American jazz musician Glenn Miller took the song to #1 in the US charts in 1941.


 
09. "KAZACHIY" (" " - Cossack dance) - Cossack songs and dance. Kazaki are better known outside of Russia as Cossacks (Turkish word meaning Outlaw, Adventurer or freebooter/freeman). The Don Cossacks had their own independent republic for most of the 17th century, and in 1835 reached an agreement with the Russian czar, according to which they would provide him with highly trained soldiers in return for land and special privileges. Kazaki (Cossacks) are first mentioned in the 15th century as freedom-loving exserfs, Tatars and descendants of Scythian warriors living on the open plains of southern Ukraine and Russia's Don River basin. Many Hollywood movies depict fearless, captivating warriors, quite lively, dancing with their sabers.


 
10. "SVETIT MESYATS" (" " - Shining Moon) - variations on Russian folk song: "The Moon Is Shining Brightly" (sometimes translated as "The New Moon is Lighting") written by the "Father of Russian Balalaika" Vasily Vasileyevich Andreyev (1861-1918). Instrumental.
...The moon is shining, shining brightly
The white nightfall is shining too,
My pathway is eliminated
All the way to the dear's house...


 
11. "OCHI CHERNYE" (" " - Dark Eyes) - popular Russian Gypsy traditional song.

Dark eyes, burning eyes
Frightful and beautiful eyes
I love you so, I fear you so
For sure I've seen you at a sinister hour

Dark eyes, flaming eyes
They implore me into faraway lands
Where love reigns, where peace reigns
Where there is no suffering, where war is forbidden
(costume character#3 "Gypsy Fortune Teller")


 
12. "GOPAK" ("" - Hopak) - national dance of Ukraine is also referred to as Gopak or Cossack dance. Hopak has been incorporated into larger artistic opuses such as operas and ballets.
(track#3)


 
13. "VDOL' PO PITERSKOI" (" " - Along The Piterskaya) - popular Russian folk song.


 
14. "DANILA COOPER" (" " - Daniel Cooper) - dance of the Russian Nobility during Napoleonic wars (1803-1815).
(track#4)


 
15. "PODMOSKOVNYE VECHERA", "KATYUSHA" (" ", "" - Moscow Nights, Katyusha) - two popular Russian songs. (Instrumental)
 
16. "EVREISKAYA SVAD'BA" (" " - Jewish wedding in Odessa") - Jewish wedding dance from Odessa region of Ukraine. Klezmer music courtesy of Richard Bernard (www.KlezmerLosAngeles.com, www.RussianBalalaika.com).
(track#5)


 
17. "DOROGOY DLINNOYU" (" " - The Long Road) - popular Russian song. Music B. Fomin (~1800), lyrics K. Podrevsky: "By the long way in full moon light with that song that's calling me far away".


 
18. IVAN KUPALA (" ") dance inspired by celebration of "Ivan Kupala" Day in Russia, Belarus and Ukraine.
(track#6)


 
19. KAMARINSKAYA ("") - popular Russian traditional dance. (Instrumental)
(costume character#4 "Dancing Bear")


 
20. "DVE GITARY" (" " - Two Guitars) - famous Russian Gypsy song and dance.
"Beyond the wall two guitars Sorrowfully wailed...
That memorable tune from childhood:
Darling, is that you?
Ekh, once, then once again,
And still many, many more times..."


 
21. "KAY YONE" (" " - Where are they?) - fast dance of Roma Gypsies.


 
22. "STENKA RAZIN" - (" ") - an ancient folksong about the famous Cossack brigand STEPAN (Stenka) RAZIN who went to war against Russian Tsar.
 
23. "KALINKA" ("" - Guelder-Rose Tree) - the most famous Russian folk song and dance.

Juniper, juniper, juniper, my juniper,
In the garden there's the berry, my raspberry.

Under the pine, under the green pine,
Lay me down to sleep

Oh you dear pine, oh you green pine,
Don't you rustle so loud over me

Beautiful maid, dear maid,
Please fall in love with me!

The Community Theatre at Mayo Center for The Performing Arts. 100 South Street, Morristown, NJ 07960, February 22, 2009, 3pm.

01. Varen'ka - Cossack songs and dance.
02. Kazatsky - male dancers performing Cossack dance routine with acrobatic tricks.
03. Balalaika lesson (instrumental) - Alex Siniavski solo.
04. Metelitsa (The Snowstorm) - "...Snowstorm is blowing along the street, My sweetheart is walking there, Please stop, do not walk, dear!, Let me look at you, my joy!..."
05. Nanaisky - siberian kids wrestling dance.
06. Ei Ookhnem ("Volga Boatmen", " ") - the Song of the Volga Boatmen is a well-known traditional Russian song. It is a genuine barge-haulers' shanty. Glenn Miller took the song to #1 in the US charts in 1941.
07. Yablochko (Dance of Russian Sailors) - famous dance of Russian Sailors is performed by every Russian dance troupe for international audiences all over the world represents genre of "Socialist Realism".
08. Lara's Theme - famous song written for Russian balalaika.
09. Dark Eyes - Russian Gypsy folk song.
10. Barynya - Russian folk dance.
11. Pidmanula - Ukrainian song and dance.
12. Hopak - national dance of Ukraine.

PART TWO

13. Along The Piterskaya - popular Russian folk song. Solo Alexander Menshikov.
14. Danila Cooper - dance of the Russian Nobility during Napoleonic wars (1803-1815).
15. Korobushka (The Peddler) - Russian favorite folk song. Lyrics are by the great Russian poet Nekrasov. A countryside peddler has a basket filled with attractive prints and brocades. At first-sight he falls in love with a pleasant girl. He is ready to lay at her feet all his worldly goods for a glance from her dark eyes and a kiss from her ruby-red-lips.
16. Jewish wedding dance from Odessa region of Ukraine. Klezmer music courtesy of Richard Bernard (www.KlezmerLosAngeles.com, www.RussianBalalaika.com).
17. Ivan Kupala dance inspired by celebration of "Ivan Kupala" Day in Russia, Belarus and Ukraine.
18. Kamarinskaia - poular Russian song and dance.
19. Kazanka - a young guy has to choose between three women: old grandma, widow and young beautiful girl.
20. Those Were The Days - popular Russian song. Music B. Fomin (~1800), lyrics K. Podrevsky: "By the long way in full moon light with that song that's calling me far away".
21. Two Guitars - - "Beyond the wall two guitars Sorrowfully wailed... That memorable tune from childhood: Darling, is that you? Ekh, once, then once again, And still many, many more times..."
22. Kai Yone - fast dance of Roma Gypsies.
23. Russian Tongue Twisters performed a capella by Mikhail Smirnov, director and founder of the ensemble "Barynya".
24. Kalinka - most popular Russian folk song and dance.

Ensemble Barynya concert program Midwest Tour 2008

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01. "SUBBOTEYA" ("Saturday affair" - "") - Russian folk song performed by full ensemble. In this song young girl explains to her boyfriend how he should behave: "You have to bring me gifts, take me out all the time, you should not kiss me, but only hug".

02. "BARYNYA" - ("") - original Russian folk dance with short "shastushki" (four line folk verses). It was the first number in the program that was presented by ensemble back in 1991. The Barynya dance is an alternation of limericks and frenetic dancing. The content is always humoristic. The dancing consists mainly of fancy stomping and traditional Russian squat work. In old times in Russia the word "Barynya" (Landlady) was used by simple folks as a form of addressing to a woman of higher class. Performed by full company: all musicians and dancers.

03. "DEVOCHKA NADYA" ("The Girl Nadya", " ") - Russian Two Step Dance. Lev Zabeginsky solo on Russian folk instrument Balalaika.

04. "METELITSA" ("The Snowstorm", " ") - "...Snowstorm is blowing along the street, My sweetheart is walking there, Please stop, do not walk, dear!, Let me look at you, my joy!..."

05. "NANAIKA" ("Nanaisky Fighters", " ") - idea of this dance belong to Igor Alexandrovich Moiseyev, famous Russian choreographer (1906-2007).

06. "RUSSKIE SKOROGOVORKI" ("Russian Tongue Twisters", " ") - performed a capella by Mikhail Smirnov, director and founder of the ensemble "Barynya".

07. "YABLOCHKO" ("Small Apple", "") - famous ance of Russian Sailors was performed by many troupes for international audiences all over the world represents genre of "Socialist Realism".

08. "KOROBUSHKA" ("The Peddlers", "") - Russian favorite folk song. Lyrics are by the great Russian poet Nekrasov. A countryside peddler has a basket filled with attractive prints and brocades. At first-sight he falls in love with a pleasant girl. He is ready to lay at her feet all his worldly goods for a glance from her dark eyes and a kiss from her ruby-red-lips.

09. "ORESHINA" ("The Nut Tree In The Field", " ") - Russian Cossack folk lullaby.

10. VAREN'KA (", , ") - Cossack songs and dance.

11. "EI OOKHNEM" ("Volga Boatmen", " ") - the Song of the Volga Boatmen is a well-known traditional Russian song. It is a genuine barge-haulers' shanty. Glenn Miller took the song to #1 in the US charts in 1941.

12. "BILA MENE MATY" ("Angry Mother", " ") - traditional song of Ukraine... Performed by two singers with accompaniment of the Garmoshka (Russiasn folk button accordion).

13. "HOPAK" (Ukrainian: ) - national Dance of Ukraine.

INTERMSSION

14. "VDOL PO PITERSKOI" ("Along the Piterskaya Street", " ") - popular Russian folk song. Solo Alexander Menshikov.

15. "DANILA CUPOR" ("Daniel Cooper", " ") - dance of the Russian Nobility during Napoleonic wars (~1800).

16. "TY ZARYA" ("The Daybreak", " , ") - authentic Cossack song performed by Valentina Kvasova, ensemble Barynya choreographer, dancer, and singer

17. "BAYAN SOLO". Bayan is a Russian button accordion. Solo performed by bayan virtuoso Yan Khmel.

18. "KAZANKA" ("Along The Kazanka River", " "). What happens in this song takes place near Kazanka River in the middle of Russia. Young guy has to choose between three women: old grandma, widow and young beautiful girl.

19. "STAKANCHIKI" ("Table-Glasses", " ") - Russian Gypsy Roma song from repertoire of famous Russian singer Piotr Leshenko.

20. "OCHEE CHYORNYE" ("Dark Eyes", " ׸") - one of the most popular Russian songs.

21. "DVE GITARY" ("Two Guirars", " ") - "Beyond the wall two guitars Sorrowfully wailed... That memorable tune from childhood: Darling, is that you? Ekh, once, then once again, And still many, many more times..."

22. "KAI ONE" ("Where Are They", " ") - fast dance of Russian Gypsies.

23. "NARODNYE PESNI" ("ETHNIC RUSSIAN SONGS", " ") - folk songs recorded by Mikhail Smirnov during his folklore expeditions to remote Russian villages to collect traditional songs, mythology, costumes and music..

24. "DOROGOI DLINNOYU" ("By The Long Road", " ") - popular Russian song. Music B. Fomin (~1800), lyrics K. Podrevsky: "By the long way in full moon light with that song that's calling me far away".

25. "KALINKA" ("-") - most popular Russian folk dance.

Ensemble Barynya concert program Tour 2007

Russian folk song Subboteya
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01. "SUBBOTEYA" ("Saturday affair") - Russian folk song performed by all musicians and singers. In this song young girl explains to her boyfriend how he should behave: "You have to bring me gifts, take me out all the time, you should not kiss me, but only hug"...

Barynya dance
video
02. "BARYNYA" (Barin's wife) - original Russian folk dance with short "chastushki" (four line folk verses). It was the first number in the program that was presented by ensemble back in 1991. The Barynya dance is an alternation of limericks and frenetic dancing. The content is always humoristic. The dancing consists mainly of fancy stomping and traditional Russian squat work. In old times in Russia the word "Barynya" (Landlady) was used by simple folks as a form of addressing to a woman of higher class. Performed by full company: all musicians and dancers

Waltz Daydreams
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03. "DAYDREAMS WALTZ" composed by the "Father of Russian balalaika" Vassily Vassilievich Andreev (born 186l). Balalaika solo. The Waltz is performed by all musicians (instrumental)

Mikhail Smirnov 04. "NATALIYA" is a Russian Tongue Twister solo song from Siberian region. In this song a young man falls in love with so awesome a beauty Natalia. In jest he thinks to kill himself, then he rethinks to kill her. Moral is the knife is broken, the pitchfork is bent and Natalia is still alive. Performed a capella by "Misha" (Mikhail Smirnov) - director of the ensemble "Barynya".

Ensemble Barynya 05. "OCHEE CHYORNIE" (DARK EYES) - very popular Russian Gypsy traditional song. Performed by all musicians and singers.

Russian Dance
videoclip
06. Russian folk dance METELITSA
Dancers Olga Chpitalnaia and Ganna Makarova.
"...Snowstorm is blowing along the street
My sweetheart is walking there.
Please stop, do not walk, dear!
Let me look at you, my joy!..."

russian folk tune
video
07. SERGEY GUSAROV - funny rhythmic about Russian lifestyle. Music A. Siniavski, lyrics M. Smirnov. All musicians and singers.

Barynya 08. "Son Stepana Razina" (Stenka Rasin`s Dream) - an ancient ballad about the famous Cossack brigand STEPAN RAZIN who went to war against Russian Tsar. According to the legend, Stenka (STEPAN) had a dream in which a furious wind blew his black hat off his head. Razin`s colonel quickly foretold the ataman's imminent death.

GOP SO SMYKOM
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09. "GOP SO SMYKOM" - Russian folk song from town of Odessa (beginning of the last century). "GOP SO SMYKOM" (literally "Hop With A Violin Bow") is an untranslatable slang nickname of a criminal character, roughly "High-Spirited Hop". In the opening stanza he introduces himself: "Gop So Smykom happens to be me, Listen well, friends. For my trade I've chosen theft. I am hardly ever out of prison, and when I am, the prison misses me. But whatever prison I may be in, not a minute passes without me singing. I stick my hands in my pockets, And walk around, singing out of boredom...

10. RUSSIAN SAILORS' DANCE

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RUSSIAN SAILORS' DANCE DIDEO

Russian traditional dance "YABLOCHKO" (Small Apple). Arrangement written by Alex Siniavski. This famous Dance of Russian Sailors was performed by many troupes for international audiences all over the world represents genre of "Socialist Realism".

russian folk tune
video
11. "RUSSIAN BALALAIKA LESSON" - Balalaika virtuoso explains basic techniques how to play the balalaika while performing famous piece written for Russian balalaika "The moon is shining brightly" (SVETIT MYESYATS). Recording made on Sunday, April 15, 2007 at the Beck Center for the Arts. 17801 Detroit Avenue, Lakewood, Ohio. Performed by ensemble Barynya musicians on balalaika, balalaika contrabass, Gypsy guitar and buben (tambourine).

Ukrainian folk song dance Pidmanula
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12. "PIDMANULA" ("You Stood Me Up") - playful authentic Ukrainian folk song and dance.
Fellow's girlfriend never keeps her promises.

Ensemble Barynya 13. "ANGRY MOTHER" (BILA MENE MATY) - traditional song of Ukraine... Performed by two singers with accompaniment of the garmoshka (folk button Accordion).

14. Ukrainian folk dance "Hopak"

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Hopak
HopakHopak
4 min 25 sec Ukrainian traditional dance Hopak recorded October 19th, 2006. Ensemble "Barynya" live performance at John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, WI

INTERMISSION

15. Russian Cossack Dance "VAREN'KA" (full company)

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1 min 24 sec Russian Cossack Dance "Varen'ka" recorded June, 2006
performance at PEPSI world headquoters in Purchase, New York

I met you
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16. "YA VSTRETIL VAS" (I Met You) - popular Russian romance. Lyrics by poet Fedor Tyutchev, music of unknown author. Balalaika solo. Instrumental. Performed by all musicians.
"I met you and the past
came back to life in my dead heart.
Remembering a golden time,
my heart became so warm..."

Barynya Russian band
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17. "DOROGOY DLINNOYU" ("By The Long Road") - Russian Gypsy song. Music B. Fomin (~1800), Lyrics K. Podrevsky. Russian Gypsy folk song performed by all musicians and singers.
"By the long way
In full moon light
With that song
That's calling me far away"

Mikhail Smirnov 18. "IZVOZCHIK" (Moscow's Cabman) - popular Russian song from the repertoire of famous in the last century singer from Ukrainian town of Odessa Leonid Utyosov (1895-1982). Performed by all musicians and singer Mikhail Smirnov.

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19. "KALINKA" (Guelder-Rose Tree) - Russian traditional song and dance. Lyrics are by the great Russian poet Nekrasov. Russian favorite for 150 years. A countryside peddler has a basket filled with attractive prints and brocades. At first-sight he falls in love with a pleasant girl. He is ready to lay at her feet all his worldly goods for a glance from her dark eyes and a kiss from her ruby-red-lips.
"...Under the pine, under the green pine,
Lay me down to sleep
Oh you dear pine, oh you green pine,
Don't you rustle so loud over me
Beautiful maid, dear maid,
please fall in love with me..."

Czardas
20. "CZARDAS" (Hungarian-style dance) written by Vittorio Monti. This dance begins slow and easy and then ends up in a fast whirling and turning.. Barynya musicians Alex Siniavski (balalaika), Mikhail Smirnov (guitar) recorded during ensemble "BARYNYA" concert on March 8, 2003 at the Smithsonian Institute of America. Baird Auditorium, National Museum of Natural History. Washington, DC. "Czardas" was written by Vittorio Monti for either violin or mandolin and piano. It was soon arranged for all kinds of instruments including the balalaika. Not many people remember Vittorio Monti these days, but everyone will be familiar with his Czardas.

NE BUDITE 21. "NE BUDITE" (Do Not Wake Me, The Young One, Up) - Russian Gypsy song of 20th century. Performed by all musicians and singers.

22. Russian Gypsy folk dance and song "TWO GUITARS"
23. Gypsy traditional song and dance "KAI ONE"

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3 min 59 sec Russian Gypsy folk dance "Two Guitars" recorded October 19th, 2006. Ensemble "Barynya" live performance. John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, WI

Mikhail Smirnov 24. "ETHNIC RUSSIAN SONGS MEDLEY". Folk songs recorded by Mikhail Smirnov during his folklore expeditions to remote Russian villages to collect traditional songs, mythology, costumes and music..

balalaika trio
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25. "AKH, TY, BERYOZA" (Oh, You, Birch-Tree) - Russian folk tune. Instrumental. Balalaika solo.

Korobushka
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26. "KOROBUSHKA" (The Peddlers) - Russian traditional song. Lyrics are by the great Russian poet Nekrasov. Russian favorite for 150 years. A countryside peddler has a basket filled with attractive prints and brocades. At first-sight he falls in love with a pleasant girl. He is ready to lay at her feet all his worldly goods for a glance from her dark eyes and a kiss from her ruby-red-lips. Performed by all musicians and singers.

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27. "KAZANKA" - Russian folk songs and dance. Full company

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Russian folk song Subboteiya
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01. "SUBBOTEYA" ("Saturday affair") - Russian folk song performed by all musicians and singers. In this song young girl explains to her boyfriend how he should behave: "You have to bring me gifts, take me out all the time, you should not kiss me, but only hug"...

Barynya dance
video
02. "BARYNYA" (Barin's wife) - original Russian folk dance with short "shastushki" (four line folk verses). It was the first number in the program that was presented by ensemble back in 1991. The Barynya dance is an alternation of limericks and frenetic dancing. The content is always humoristic. The dancing consists mainly of fancy stomping and traditional Russian squat work. In old times in Russia the word "Barynya" (Landlady) was used by simple folks as a form of addressing to a woman of higher class. Performed by full company: all musicians and dancers

Waltz Daydreams
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03. "DAYDREAMS WALTZ" composed by the "Father of Russian balalaika" Vassily Vassilievich Andreev (born 186l). Balalaika solo. The Waltz is performed by all musicians (instrumental)

Mikhail Smirnov 04. "NATALIYA" is a Russian Tongue Twister solo song from Siberian region. In this song a young man falls in love with so awesome a beauty Natalia. In jest he thinks to kill himself, then he rethinks to kill her. Moral is the knife is broken, the pitchfork is bent and Natalia is still alive. Performed a capella by "Misha" (Mikhail Smirnov) - director of the ensemble "Barynya".

Ensemble Barynya 05. "OCHEE CHYORNIE" (DARK EYES) - very popular Russian Gypsy traditional song. Performed by all musicians and singers.

Russian Dance
videoclip
06. Russian folk dance METELITSA
Dancers Olga Chpitalnaia and Ganna Makarova.
"...Snowstorm is blowing along the street
My sweetheart is walking there.
Please stop, do not walk, dear!
Let me look at you, my joy!..."

russian folk tune
video
07. SERGEY GUSAROV - funny rhythmic about Russian lifestyle. Music A. Siniavski, lyrics M. Smirnov. All musicians and singers.

Barynya 08. "Son Stepana Razina" (Stenka Rasin`s Dream) - an ancient ballad about the famous Cossack brigand STEPAN RAZIN who went to war against Russian Tsar. According to the legend, Stenka (STEPAN) had a dream in which a furious wind blew his black hat off his head. Razin`s colonel quickly foretold the ataman's imminent death.

GOP SO SMYKOM
video
09. "GOP SO SMYKOM" - Russian folk song from town of Odessa (beginning of the last century). "GOP SO SMYKOM" (literally "Hop With A Violin Bow") is an untranslatable slang nickname of a criminal character, roughly "High-Spirited Hop". In the opening stanza he introduces himself: "Gop So Smykom happens to be me, Listen well, friends. For my trade I've chosen theft. I am hardly ever out of prison, and when I am, the prison misses me. But whatever prison I may be in, not a minute passes without me singing. I stick my hands in my pockets, And walk around, singing out of boredom...

10. RUSSIAN SAILORS' DANCE

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RUSSIAN SAILORS' DANCE DIDEO

Russian traditional dance "YABLOCHKO" (Small Apple). Arrangement written by Alex Siniavski. This famous Dance of Russian Sailors was performed by many troupes for international audiences all over the world represents genre of "Socialist Realism".

russian folk tune
video
11. "RUSSIAN BALALAIKA LESSON" - Balalaika virtuoso explains basic techniques how to play the balalaika while performing famous piece written for Russian balalaika "The moon is shining brightly" (SVETIT MYESYATS). Recording made on Sunday, April 15, 2007 at the Beck Center for the Arts. 17801 Detroit Avenue, Lakewood, Ohio. Performed by ensemble Barynya musicians on balalaika, balalaika contrabass, Gypsy guitar and buben (tambourine).

Ukrainian folk song dance Pidmanula
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12. "PIDMANULA" ("You Stood Me Up") - playful authentic Ukrainian folk song and dance.
Fellow's girlfriend never keeps her promises.

Ensemble Barynya 13. "ANGRY MOTHER" (BILA MENE MATY) - traditional song of Ukraine... Performed by two singers with accompaniment of the garmoshka (folk button Accordion).

14. Ukrainian folk dance "Hopak"

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4 min 25 sec Ukrainian traditional dance Hopak recorded October 19th, 2006. Ensemble "Barynya" live performance at John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, WI

INTERMISSION

15. Russian Cossack Dance "VAREN'KA" (full company)

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1 min 24 sec Russian Cossack Dance "Varen'ka" recorded June, 2006
performance at PEPSI world headquoters in Purchase, New York

I met you
video
16. "YA VSTRETIL VAS" (I Met You) - popular Russian romance. Lyrics by poet Fedor Tyutchev, music of unknown author. Balalaika solo. Instrumental. Performed by all musicians.
"I met you and the past
came back to life in my dead heart.
Remembering a golden time,
my heart became so warm..."

Barynya Russian band
video
17. "DOROGOY DLINNOYU" ("By The Long Road") - Russian Gypsy song. Music B. Fomin (~1800), Lyrics K. Podrevsky. Russian Gypsy folk song performed by all musicians and singers.
"By the long way
In full moon light
With that song
That's calling me far away"

Mikhail Smirnov 18. "IZVOZCHIK" (Moscow's Cabman) - popular Russian song from the repertoire of famous in the last century singer from Ukrainian town of Odessa Leonid Utyosov (1895-1982). Performed by all musicians and singer Mikhail Smirnov.

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19. "KALINKA" (Guelder-Rose Tree) - Russian traditional song and dance. Lyrics are by the great Russian poet Nekrasov. Russian favorite for 150 years. A countryside peddler has a basket filled with attractive prints and brocades. At first-sight he falls in love with a pleasant girl. He is ready to lay at her feet all his worldly goods for a glance from her dark eyes and a kiss from her ruby-red-lips.
"...Under the pine, under the green pine,
Lay me down to sleep
Oh you dear pine, oh you green pine,
Don't you rustle so loud over me
Beautiful maid, dear maid,
please fall in love with me..."

Czardas
20. "CZARDAS" (Hungarian-style dance) written by Vittorio Monti. This dance begins slow and easy and then ends up in a fast whirling and turning.. Barynya musicians Alex Siniavski (balalaika), Mikhail Smirnov (guitar) recorded during ensemble "BARYNYA" concert on March 8, 2003 at the Smithsonian Institute of America. Baird Auditorium, National Museum of Natural History. Washington, DC. "Czardas" was written by Vittorio Monti for either violin or mandolin and piano. It was soon arranged for all kinds of instruments including the balalaika. Not many people remember Vittorio Monti these days, but everyone will be familiar with his Czardas.

NE BUDITE 21. "NE BUDITE" (Do Not Wake Me, The Young One, Up) - Russian Gypsy song of 20th century. Performed by all musicians and singers.

22. Russian Gypsy folk dance and song "TWO GUITARS"
23. Gypsy traditional song and dance "KAI ONE"

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3 min 59 sec Russian Gypsy folk dance "Two Guitars" recorded October 19th, 2006. Ensemble "Barynya" live performance. John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, WI

Mikhail Smirnov 24. "ETHNIC RUSSIAN SONGS MEDLEY". Folk songs recorded by Mikhail Smirnov during his folklore expeditions to remote Russian villages to collect traditional songs, mythology, costumes and music..

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25. "AKH, TY, BERYOZA" (Oh, You, Birch-Tree) - Russian folk tune. Instrumental. Balalaika solo.

Korobushka
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26. "KOROBUSHKA" (The Peddlers) - Russian traditional song. Lyrics are by the great Russian poet Nekrasov. Russian favorite for 150 years. A countryside peddler has a basket filled with attractive prints and brocades. At first-sight he falls in love with a pleasant girl. He is ready to lay at her feet all his worldly goods for a glance from her dark eyes and a kiss from her ruby-red-lips. Performed by all musicians and singers.

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27. "KAZANKA" - Russian folk songs and dance. Full company

Waltz Daydreams
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01. "DAYDREAMS WALTZ" composed by the "Father of Russian balalaika" Vassily Vassilievich Andreev (born 186l). Russian Balalaika solo. The Waltz is performed by all musicians (instrumental)

Korobushka
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02. "Korobushka" (The Peddlers) - Russian traditional song. Lyrics are by the great Russian poet Nekrasov. Russian favorite for 150 years. A countryside peddler has a basket filled with attractive prints and brocades. At first-sight he falls in love with a pleasant girl. He is ready to lay at her feet all his worldly goods for a glance from her dark eyes and a kiss from her ruby-red-lips. Performed by all musicians and singers

Ensemble Barynya 03. "STAKANCHIKI GRANYONYE" ("VODKA GLASSES") - popular Russian Gypsy song from the repertoire of Piotr Lescenko - King of Tango. Performed by all musicians and singer.

Russian folk song Subboteiya
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04. SUBBOTEYA ("Saturday affair") - Russian folk song performed by all musicians and singers. In this song young girl explains to her boyfriend how he should behave: "You have to bring me gifts, take me out all the time, you should not kiss me, but only hug"...

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05. "BARYNYA" (Barin's wife) - original Russian folk dance with short "shastushki" (four line folk verses). It was the first number in the program that was presented by ensemble back in 1991. The Barynya dance is an alternation of limericks and frenetic dancing. The content is always humoristic. The dancing consists mainly of fancy stomping and traditional Russian squat work. In old times in Russia the word "Barynya" (Landlady) was used by simple folks as a form of addressing to a woman of higher class. Performed by full company: all musicians and dancers

Mikhail Smirnov 06. "NATALIYA" is a Russian Tongue Twister solo song from Siberian region. In this song a young man falls in love with so awesome a beauty Natalia. In jest he thinks to kill himself, then he rethinks to kill her. Moral is the knife is broken, the pitchfork is bent and Natalia is still alive. Performed a capella by "Misha" (Mikhail Smirnov) - director of the ensemble "Barynya".

Ensemble Barynya 07. "OCHEE CHYORNIE" (DARK EYES) - very popular Russian Gypsy traditional song. Performed by all musicians and singers.

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08. "AKH, TY, BERYOZA" (Oh, You, Birch-Tree) - Russian folk tune. Instrumental. Balalaika solo.

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09. Russian folk dance METELITSA
Dancers Olga Chpitalnaia and Ganna Makarova.
"...Snowstorm is blowing along the street
My sweetheart is walking there.
Please stop, do not walk, dear!
Let me look at you, my joy!..."

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10. SERGEY GUSAROV - funny rhythmic about Russian lifestyle. Music A. Siniavski, lyrics M. Smirnov. All musicians and singers.

Barynya 11. "Son Stepana Razina" (Stenka Rasin`s Dream) - an ancient ballad about the famous Cossack brigand STEPAN RAZIN who went to war against Russian Tsar. According to the legend, Stenka (STEPAN) had a dream in which a furious wind blew his black hat off his head. Razin`s colonel quickly foretold the ataman's imminent death.

GOP SO SMYKOM
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12. "GOP SO SMYKOM" - Russian folk song from town of Odessa (beginning of the last century). "GOP SO SMYKOM" (literally "Hop With A Violin Bow") is an untranslatable slang nickname of a criminal character, roughly "High-Spirited Hop". In the opening stanza he introduces himself: "Gop So Smykom happens to be me, Listen well, friends. For my trade I've chosen theft. I am hardly ever out of prison, and when I am, the prison misses me. But whatever prison I may be in, not a minute passes without me singing. I stick my hands in my pockets, And walk around, singing out of boredom...

13. RUSSIAN SAILORS' DANCE

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Russian traditional dance "YABLOCHKO" (Small Apple). Arrangement written by Alex Siniavski. This famous Dance of Russian Sailors was performed by many troupes for international audiences all over the world represents genre of "Socialist Realism".

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14. "RUSSIAN BALALAIKA LESSON" - Balalaika virtuoso explains basic techniques how to play the balalaika while performing famous piece written for Russian balalaika "The moon is shining brightly" (SVETIT MYESYATS). Recording made on Sunday, April 15, 2007 at the Beck Center for the Arts. 17801 Detroit Avenue, Lakewood, Ohio. Performed by Alex Siniavski (balalaika), Leonid Bruk (balalaika contrabass), Mikhail Smirnov (guitar)

Ukrainian folk song dance Pidmanula
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15. "PIDMANULA" ("You Stood Me Up") - playful authentic Ukrainian folk song and dance.
Fellow's girlfriend never keeps her promises.

Ensemble Barynya 16. "ANGRY MOTHER" (BILA MENE MATY) - traditional song of Ukraine. Performed by two singers with accompaniment of the garmoshka (folk button Accordion).

Ensemble Barynya 17. "MAROUSYA" - Ukrainian folk song. Ancient marching song of Ukrainian soldiers. "Marousya Raz, dva, tri" - "Marousya one, two, three!" Performed by all musicians and singers.

18. Ukrainian folk dance "Hopak"

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4 min 25 sec Ukrainian traditional dance Hopak recorded October 19th, 2006. Ensemble "Barynya" live performance at John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, WI

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Ensemble Barynya 19. "DEVOCHKA NADYA" (Girl Nadya) - Traditional song from Odessa region. Performed by all musicians

VALENKI 20. "VALENKI" (FELT BOOTS) - Russian folk song Valenki are traditional Russian winter footwear. Valenki literally means, "made of felt". Valenki are still a part of the Russian army uniform. Performed by all musicians and female singer.

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21. "DOROGOY DLINNOYU" ("By The Long Road") - Russian Gypsy song. Music B. Fomin (~1800), Lyrics K. Podrevsky. Russian Gypsy folk song performed by all musicians and singers:
"By the long way
In full moon light
With that song
That's calling me far away"

22. Russian Cossack Dance "VAREN'KA" (full company)

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1 min 24 sec Russian Cossack Dance "Varen'ka" recorded June, 2006
performance at PEPSI world headquoters in Purchase, New York

I met you
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23. "YA VSTRETIL VAS" (I Met You) - popular Russian romance. Lyrics by poet Fedor Tyutchev, music of unknown author. Balalaika solo. Instrumental. Performed by all musicians.
"I met you and the past
came back to life in my dead heart.
Remembering a golden time,
my heart became so warm..."

Mikhail Smirnov 24. "IZVOZCHIK" (Moscow's Cabman) - popular Russian song from the repertoire of famous in the last century singer from Ukrainian town of Odessa Leonid Utyosov (1895-1982). Performed by all musicians and singer Mikhail Smirnov.

Ensemble Barynya 25. "BRODYAGA" (Vagabond) - Traditional Russian song. Performed by all musicians and singer

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26. "KALINKA" (Guelder-Rose Tree) - Russian traditional song and dance. Lyrics are by the great Russian poet Nekrasov. Russian favorite for 150 years. A countryside peddler has a basket filled with attractive prints and brocades. At first-sight he falls in love with a pleasant girl. He is ready to lay at her feet all his worldly goods for a glance from her dark eyes and a kiss from her ruby-red-lips.
"...Under the pine, under the green pine,
Lay me down to sleep
Oh you dear pine, oh you green pine,
Don't you rustle so loud over me
Beautiful maid, dear maid,
please fall in love with me..."

Czardas
video
27. "CZARDAS" (Hungarian-style dance) written by Vittorio Monti. This dance begins slow and easy and then ends up in a fast whirling and turning.. Barynya musicians Alex Siniavski (balalaika), Mikhail Smirnov (guitar) recorded during ensemble "BARYNYA" concert on March 8, 2003 at the Smithsonian Institute of America. Baird Auditorium, National Museum of Natural History. Washington, DC. "Czardas" was written by Vittorio Monti for either violin or mandolin and piano. It was soon arranged for all kinds of instruments including the balalaika. Not many people remember Vittorio Monti these days, but everyone will be familiar with his Czardas.

NE BUDITE 28. "NE BUDITE" (Do Not Wake Me, The Young One, Up) - Russian Gypsy song of 20th century. Performed by all musicians and singers.

29. Russian Gypsy folk dance and song "TWO GUITARS"
30. Gypsy traditional song and dance "KAI ONE"

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3 min 59 sec Russian Gypsy folk dance "Two Guitars" recorded October 19th, 2006. Ensemble "Barynya" live performance. John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, WI

Mikhail Smirnov 31. "ETHNIC RUSSIAN SONGS MEDLEY". Folk songs recorded by Mikhail Smirnov during his folklore expeditions to remote Russian villages to collect traditional songs, mythology, costumes and music..

Ensemble Barynya 32. "LARA'S THEME" recurring musical cue written by composer Maurice Jarre for "Doctor Zhivago" motion picture. It has become an internationally known tune and remains a favorite to this day. Instrumental. Performed by all musicians

VARENICHKI 33. "VARENICHKI" (Ukrainian Dumplings) - traditional Ukranian jocose song. The hungry husband begs his wife to prepare Varenichki. The lazy wife finds every possible excuse to refuse him... Performed by all musicians and singers

VARENICHKI 34. "MOSKOVSKAIA KADRIL" (Quadrille of Moscow suburbs) - traditional Russian folk dance. Performed by all musicians and dancers

Ensemble Barynya 35. "KUPETS" (Bold merchant was returning from the market...) . This is a city romance from the 19-century. Performed by all musicians and singer.

Ensemble Barynya 36. "POLYUSHKO-POLE" (MEADOWLANDS) is a well-known Russian folk tune performed by all musicians.

russian song 37. "VO KUZNITSE" (At the Blacksmith's) - authentic Russian blacksmith's work song accompanied by rhythmic folk instruments

Ensemble Barynya 38. "Podmoskovnye Vechera" (Moscow Nights) - popular Russian lyric song.
39. "KATIUSHA" - Popular Song from the period of W.W.II

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40. "KAZANKA" - Russian folk songs and dance. Full company

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First official record of Russian dancing is related to year 907 when Great Russian Prince Oleg (Vechshiy Oleg) celebrated his victory over Greeks in Kiev. During the Gala Dinner 16 male dancers dressed as bears and four bears dressed as Russian dancers performed for the guests. After the dinner was over Great Prince commanded to release the bears into the wild and to execute all the dancers.

As it became clear later on, Vechshiy Oleg, who was purblind, has mistaken the dancers for the ambassadors from the Northern Tribes (Severyane) who owned him a few hundred skins of marten - Russian tiger-cat... read full article

Danila Cooper - dance of the Russian Nobility

"Daniel Cooper" (also sometimes spelled as "Danila Kuper" or "Daniel Kupor") is the dance of the Russian Nobility during Napoleonic wars (in Russian version, "Danilo Kupor") was an actual dance - to be more precise, contradance, an old English dance characterized by quick and easy movements. F.F. Wiegel in his "Memoirs" (part 1, M., 1864, p. 62, first published in "Russky Vestnik", 1856) wrote that "One of these contradances was named a Danilo Kupor, probably after its composer, a certain Englishman Cooper".

Daniel Cooper dance was briefly mentioned in world-known novel by Leo Tolstoy "War and Piece": The dance grew livelier and livelier. The other couples could not attract a moment's attention to their own evolutions and did not even try to do so. All were watching the count and Marya Dmitrievna. Natasha kept pulling everyone by sleeve or dress, urging them to "look at Papa!" though as it was they never took their eyes off the couple. In the intervals of the dance the count, breathing deeply, waved and shouted to the musicians to play faster. Faster, faster, and faster; lightly, more lightly, and yet more lightly whirled the count, flying round Marya Dmitrievna, now on his toes, now on his heels; until, turning his partner round to her seat, he executed the final pas, raising his soft foot backwards, bowing his perspiring head, smiling and making a wide sweep with his arm, amid a thunder of applause and laughter led by Natasha. Both partners stood still, breathing heavily and wiping their faces with their cambric handkerchiefs.
"That's how we used to dance in our time, ma chere," said the count.
"That was a Daniel Cooper!" exclaimed Marya Dmitrievna, tucking up her sleeves and puffing heavily.


In 2008 Russian dance ensemble Barynya from New York re-introduced "Danila Kooper" dance during the Russian Nobility Ball 2008 in New York City (Hotel Pierre, Grand Ball Room), May 9th, 2008... read more, view video

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The Russian Collection Dance Ensemble from San Francisco, California provides a selection of thrilling and colorful Russian folk dancing, enchanting Russian folk music, and Russian magical illusions. Group was founded in 1945 and has performed in Europe, Asia, North and South America

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Revival - Russian dance ensemble from Toronto Canada is available in Canada and the United States of America to provide live entertainment for corporate events, parties, weddings, and all other events. Artistic Director Ekaterina Kornienkova

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Zhenya Shevchenko & Barynya 2008Legendary Russian Gypsy singer Zhenia Shevchenko and ensemble Barynya DVD. Concert was recorded in New York City on January 26, 2008. Fifteen performers: six dancers, three singers, six musicians. Performers: Sergey Ryabtsev - violin, Mikhail Smirnov - garmoshka, vocal, guitar, Alex Siniavski - Gypsy guitar, balalaika, Alexander Menshikov - Russian Gypsy singer, tambourine, Leonid Bruk - balalaika-contrabass, Gennady Gutkin - bayan, Lev Zabeginsky - balalaika, Andrij Cybyk - dancer, choreographer, Ganna Makarova - dancer, Olga Chpitalnaia - dancer, Vitaliy Verterich - dancer, choreographer, Valentina Kvasova - dancer, singer, Mikhail Nesterenko - dancer, Victoria Pichurova - singer, Gabriel Yakubov - Gypsy dancer. Musical instruments: Balalaika, garmoshka, bayan, violin, balalaika-contrabass, Gypsy guitar, Russian 7 string guitar. Program of Russian Gypsy songs, music, Russian, Gypsy, Cossack and Ukrainian folk dancing... more info, video samples, order

Barynya Ohio 2007This DVD was recorded at live performance of Russian music and dance ensemble Barynya (Artistic Director/Founder Mikhail Smirnov) in Lakeside, Ohio at the Hoover Auditorium in July 2007. List of performers: Mikhail Smirnov - vocal, garmoshka, guitar , Alex Siniavski - balalaika, Gypsy guitar, musical director, Andrij Cybyk - dancer, choreographer, Valentina Kvasova - dance captain, dancer, Leonid Bruk - balalaika contrabass , Alexander Menshikov - singer, tambourine, Victoria Pichurova - singer, Natalia Ejova - dancer, Natia Rtveliashvili - dancer, Stefan Kuziw - dancer, Alex Sizov - dancer.... more info, videoclips, order

Barynya Wisconsin 2006This DVD is from live performance of Russian dance, song and music ensemble Barynya from the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, Wisconsin in October 2006. PROGRAM: Russian, Gypsy, Cossack, Ukrainian traditional dances, folk and popular songs, virtuoso performances on musical instruments with explanation of the program in English. INSTRUMENTS: balalaika, garmoshka, contrabass, buben, Gypsy and classic guitars... more info, videoclips, order

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Russian folk dance and music trio Barynya Ensemble Barynya, 1998. Live performance in cabaret "Moscow", Lexington Ave/54 street, New York City. Russian, Cossack, Ukrainian, Klezmer music and dances. Runtime: about 35 minutes.
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Russian, Cossack, Ukrainian and Gypsy dance DVDRuntime: 60 minutes. On this DVD ensemble Barynya dancers are performing Russian, Cossack, Gypsy and Ukranian folk dances including "Kalinka", "Katyusha", "Barynya", "Two Guitars" and others. more info, videoclips, order

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First official record of Russian dancing is related to year 907 when Great Russian Prince Oleg (Vechshiy Oleg) celebrated his victory over Greeks in Kiev. During the Gala Dinner 16 male dancers dressed as bears and four bears dressed as Russian dancers performed for the guests. After the dinner was over Great Prince commanded to release the bears into the wild and to execute all the dancers.

As it became clear later on, Vechshiy Oleg, who was purblind, has mistaken the dancers for the ambassadors from the Northern Tribes (Severyane) who owned him a few hundred skins of marten - Russian tiger-cat... read full article

Danila Cooper - dance of the Russian Nobility

"Daniel Cooper" (also sometimes spelled as "Danila Kuper" or "Daniel Kupor") is the dance of the Russian Nobility during Napoleonic wars (in Russian version, "Danilo Kupor") was an actual dance - to be more precise, contradance, an old English dance characterized by quick and easy movements. F.F. Wiegel in his "Memoirs" (part 1, M., 1864, p. 62, first published in "Russky Vestnik", 1856) wrote that "One of these contradances was named a Danilo Kupor, probably after its composer, a certain Englishman Cooper".

Daniel Cooper dance was briefly mentioned in world-known novel by Leo Tolstoy "War and Piece": The dance grew livelier and livelier. The other couples could not attract a moment's attention to their own evolutions and did not even try to do so. All were watching the count and Marya Dmitrievna. Natasha kept pulling everyone by sleeve or dress, urging them to "look at Papa!" though as it was they never took their eyes off the couple. In the intervals of the dance the count, breathing deeply, waved and shouted to the musicians to play faster. Faster, faster, and faster; lightly, more lightly, and yet more lightly whirled the count, flying round Marya Dmitrievna, now on his toes, now on his heels; until, turning his partner round to her seat, he executed the final pas, raising his soft foot backwards, bowing his perspiring head, smiling and making a wide sweep with his arm, amid a thunder of applause and laughter led by Natasha. Both partners stood still, breathing heavily and wiping their faces with their cambric handkerchiefs.
"That's how we used to dance in our time, ma chere," said the count.
"That was a Daniel Cooper!" exclaimed Marya Dmitrievna, tucking up her sleeves and puffing heavily.


In 2008 Russian dance ensemble Barynya from New York re-introduced "Danila Kooper" dance during the Russian Nobility Ball 2008 in New York City (Hotel Pierre, Grand Ball Room), May 9th, 2008... read more, view video

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Russian dance ensembles and dancers, Russian, Cossack, Ukrainian, Klezmer and Gypsy traditional dance descriptions, videos, photos, Russian dancers and dance troups wanted... to directory

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Barynya
 

Barynya - Russian music, song and dance ensemble from New York is a unique group of top soloists: musicians, singers and dancers who were trained and performed with Don Cossacks of Rostov, Andreev State symphonic balalaika orchestra, Moscow State center of "Russian Song"

Russian dancers from San Fransisco
 

The Russian Collection Dance Ensemble from San Francisco, California provides a selection of thrilling and colorful Russian folk dancing, enchanting Russian folk music, and Russian magical illusions. Group was founded in 1945 and has performed in Europe, Asia, North and South America

Russian dancers Toronto Canada
 

Revival - Russian dance ensemble from Toronto Canada is available in Canada and the United States of America to provide live entertainment for corporate events, parties, weddings, and all other events. Artistic Director Ekaterina Kornienkova

Russian, Moldovan, Ukrainian, Gypsy and Jewish folk dance
 

Canary dance ensemble from Los Angeles, California performs Russian, Moldovan, Ukrainian, Gypsy, Armenian and Jewish folk traditional dances

Russian traditional dance and music program
 

Russian traditional dance and music program NY, NJ, CT, PA, MD designed for smaller budget venues with limites space for the dancing. 3 dancers, 1 musician perform Russian, Cossack, Ukrainian, Siberian folk dances, songs and music... more Russian dance ensembles

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Zhenya Shevchenko & Barynya 2008Legendary Russian Gypsy singer Zhenia Shevchenko and ensemble Barynya DVD. Concert was recorded in New York City on January 26, 2008. Fifteen performers: six dancers, three singers, six musicians. Performers: Sergey Ryabtsev - violin, Mikhail Smirnov - garmoshka, vocal, guitar, Alex Siniavski - Gypsy guitar, balalaika, Alexander Menshikov - Russian Gypsy singer, tambourine, Leonid Bruk - balalaika-contrabass, Gennady Gutkin - bayan, Lev Zabeginsky - balalaika, Andrij Cybyk - dancer, choreographer, Ganna Makarova - dancer, Olga Chpitalnaia - dancer, Vitaliy Verterich - dancer, choreographer, Valentina Kvasova - dancer, singer, Mikhail Nesterenko - dancer, Victoria Pichurova - singer, Gabriel Yakubov - Gypsy dancer. Musical instruments: Balalaika, garmoshka, bayan, violin, balalaika-contrabass, Gypsy guitar, Russian 7 string guitar. Program of Russian Gypsy songs, music, Russian, Gypsy, Cossack and Ukrainian folk dancing... more info, video samples, order

Barynya Ohio 2007This DVD was recorded at live performance of Russian music and dance ensemble Barynya (Artistic Director/Founder Mikhail Smirnov) in Lakeside, Ohio at the Hoover Auditorium in July 2007. List of performers: Mikhail Smirnov - vocal, garmoshka, guitar , Alex Siniavski - balalaika, Gypsy guitar, musical director, Andrij Cybyk - dancer, choreographer, Valentina Kvasova - dance captain, dancer, Leonid Bruk - balalaika contrabass , Alexander Menshikov - singer, tambourine, Victoria Pichurova - singer, Natalia Ejova - dancer, Natia Rtveliashvili - dancer, Stefan Kuziw - dancer, Alex Sizov - dancer.... more info, videoclips, order

Barynya Wisconsin 2006This DVD is from live performance of Russian dance, song and music ensemble Barynya from the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, Wisconsin in October 2006. PROGRAM: Russian, Gypsy, Cossack, Ukrainian traditional dances, folk and popular songs, virtuoso performances on musical instruments with explanation of the program in English. INSTRUMENTS: balalaika, garmoshka, contrabass, buben, Gypsy and classic guitars... more info, videoclips, order

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Russian folk dance and music trio Barynya Ensemble Barynya, 1998. Live performance in cabaret "Moscow", Lexington Ave/54 street, New York City. Russian, Cossack, Ukrainian, Klezmer music and dances. Runtime: about 35 minutes.
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Russian, Cossack, Ukrainian and Gypsy dance DVDRuntime: 60 minutes. On this DVD ensemble Barynya dancers are performing Russian, Cossack, Gypsy and Ukranian folk dances including "Kalinka", "Katyusha", "Barynya", "Two Guitars" and others. more info, videoclips, order

"Trepak" Russian dance from Tchaikovsky's Ballet Nutcracker -

Anya Zeenenko and Boulat Moukhametov performing Russian dance Trepak from "Nutcracker" ballet by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky during Aspen Santa Fe Ballet company's winter tour 2010.


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