As a blue tape the river
Turiec meanders through the landscape, having given its name not only to
the region, but also to the folk ensemble affiliated with the House of
The ensemble came into
being on the initiative of a small group of admirers and fans of folk
dance and song. The core of the team, now already having over 50 members
is made primarily of students and employees in various enterprises in
Martin. The ensemble has a dance and song group, a folk music band and a
typical rustic band of Terchova.
At its beginnings the
ensemble drew inspiration for its program from the most typical areas of
Slovakia. From the mid seventies, however, it has systematically focused
upon retrieving and adapting the material from the Turiec region and from
the neighboring folk regions of Kysuce, Liptov and the Upper Nitra.
During the years of its
existence the ensemble took part in a variety of festivals and
competitions and worked its way up among the top ensembles in Slovakia.
The success of the ensemble at its performances abroad, in Germany,
Hungary, former Yugoslavia, Italy, Greece and many more countries, bears
proof of the steady increase of its artistic level and the good
representation of Slovak folk art abroad.
At the present, the
ensemble concentrates upon two regional-thematic complexes. The program is
bat around scenic arrangements of seasonal traditional customs based on
field research in the Turiec.
The program with folk
traditions of Northern Slovakia radiates with joy and creative optimism.
I have met the members of
the folk dance group Turiec many years ago at festivals in Vychodna and
Detva and we are friends.
In February, during my
visit in Martin I have learned that they have been invited to perform at
both festivals again this year, but because of the economic situation of
the ensemble, they were not sure if they will be able to go.
I have read their
invitation and without any big talk the Slovak Heritage and Cultural
Society of British Columbia and Under Video Productions become proud
sponsors of folk dance group Turiec to these festivals.
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TO FOLKLORE GROUPS
Published in the Slovak
Heritage Live newsletter Volume1, No. 2, Summer 1993
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