♫ Russian folk group "Zabava" from Saratov, Russia
The folk ethnographic group “Zabava” was founded in 1987 at Saratov Regional House of Art. “Zabava” does a complex study and keeps the traditions of Russian musical culture, propagandizes it, singing authentic examples of folk songs on the stage. Quantity of participants of "Zabava" – 10-12 persons.
The repertoir of the group includes about 600 old Russian peasant and Cossack songs, dances, quadrilles, games, dances in a ring. "Zabava" shows Russian folklore cheerfully and interestingly. Usually spectators participate in some dances and games.
“Zabava” performs either in real peasant costumes of the end of the XIX-XX centuries, brought from the expeditions in South regions of Russia (homespun skirts, shirts with hand-made fancy work, old female breast decorations: collar and gaitan). “Zabava” studies the material in complex that's why the members of the group do the decorative-applied activity: glass beads plaiting, weaving, and making traditional toys (twist dolls, straw dolls, earthenware whistles and etc.). There is a museum of traditional cultural at the group.
Except for a concert we can do an exhibition (or exhibition - sale) ancient suits of 19 centuries of different areas of Russia, products of national crafts, Russian traditional toys. All these are checked and confirmed by our experience: “Zabava” prepares, studies and then celebrates calendar holidays: Xmas, Epiphany, Christmas-tide, Shrovetide, Red Mountain, Trinity, Shroud.
Participants of “Zabava” play on old musical instruments: accordion, balalaika, tambourine, violin, zhaleyka, horns, reeds and wheel lyre. Leaders of collective can do work-shops on different directions of Russian traditional culture (vocal exercises, choreographies, Russian musical instruments playing, hand - crafts).
“Zabava” leads a big concert activity, often goes to the All-Russia and international folklore festivals. Within 2001-2004 years "Zabava"participated in folklore festivals in Germany, Denmark, Poland, did performances in Holland. The ensemble has written down three CD with traditional Russian music, has taken part in filming 16 folklore films on the Saratov TV.
ФОЛЬКЛОРНО-ЭТНОГРАФИЧЕСКИЙ АНСАМБЛЬ «ЗАБАВА»
Фольклорно-этнографический ансамбль «ЗАБАВА» был создан в 1987 году при Саратовском Доме работников искусств. С 1989 года коллектив входит в Российский фольклорный союз, а с 2000 года – в Европейскую фольклорную культурную организацию. Сейчас в коллективе занимается около 30 человек – студенты и выпускники Саратовского университета, учащиеся лицеев и гимназий. Основной концертный состав «ЗАБАВЫ» - 10 - 15 человек.
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«ЗАБАВА» занимается комплексным изучением и сохранением традиционной русской музыкальной культуры, пропагандирует её, исполняя аутентичные образцы фольклора.
В творческом багаже коллектива около 600 старинных русских крестьянских и казачьих песен (плясовых, протяжных, исторических, календарно-обрядовых, свадебных), танцев, кадрилей, частушек, игр, хороводов. «ЗАБАВА» демонстрирует фольклорный материал весело и интересно, привлекая зрителей к участию в песнях, танцах, играх и хороводах.
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.
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