State Song and Dance Ensemble “LIETUVA” cherishes and strengthens deep traditions of folkloric art. therefore, besides endless creative searches and discoveries, concert programs ofter include traditional repertoire from the Golden Fund.
On the proffesional stage the Ensemble “LIETUVA” connects several hundred
years old folkloric genres: vocal and instrumental music, choreography and acting. Artists of the Ensemble wear costumes with national patterns that represent patterns and colours of different Lithuanian ethnographic regions.
- 1. Horn glee [RAGŲ SUTARTINĖ], music by Lithuanian folk. This is an archaic, going back to paganism, sutartinė for the horns, the sounds of which were gathering the nation for a battle or important gatherings, link in this case to the opening of the concert.
- Circuitous dance [IŠKILIMGAS APLINKINIS], music by A. Bražinskas, V. Buterlevičiusʼ choreography. During festivities all the guests were expected to dance with everyone maintaining the solemn character of this dance. This is a banquette dance reflecting the times of the XV-XVI century.
- Up-tempo polka [PASIUTPOLKĖ], music by J. Švedas, J. Lingisʼ choreography. No celebration can do without the clunky, windblown polka. This dance was performed by only the best and toughest village dancers, because here there is no time to rest!
- Untytė [UNTYTĖ], music by J. Švedas. This is a very old, but unique Lithuanian sutartinė adopted for a choir and skudučiai (woodwinds) ensemble. Sutartinė reflects the duck bird’s squawks, and the reality, which our forefathers tried to express through the sutartinė genre.
- Rabbit [KIŠKELIS], music by J. Švedas. This is a playful piece for the unique Lithuanian instrument skudučiai, where the members of the orchestra playing masterfully in the beginning are joined at the end of the piece by a choir, which makes this piece even more lively.
- Dance of a swallow [BLEZDINGĖLĖ], music by J. Švedas, J. Lingisʼ choreography. This is a stylisation of the very old Lithuanian roundelay dance, which is successfully developed for a stage performance. This is a rondo type slow-fast-slow female dance, which conveys the wonderful movements of a swallow expressed by the professional choreography.VIDEO
- Stork [STARKUS], music by V. Juozapaitis, V. Buterlevičiusʼs choreography. This is a playful male dance, where the performers are dancing on stilts, which are attempting to recreate the movements of a stork. Later this dance grows into the quarrel of the two sheprder groups, which are expressed in a form of a game. This dance has typical effective stunts, and interesting instrumentation, where one can hear birbynės (reed-pipes), gemshorns and the sounds of various percussion instruments, such as shredder, slapstick, etc. VIDEO
- Ridigdo [RIDIGDO], music by V. Juozapaitis, arr. by G. Svilainis. This is a playful author’s song, which already became a folk song. The song reflects flirting of men and women, which granted this piece even more positive energy. VIDEO
- Kupolinis [KUPOLINIS],music by B. Dvarionas, J. Lingisʼ choreography. Kupolinės is the most popular summer festival in Lithuania. On the evening of the John the Baptist‘s festival young people gather together, sing, make fires, and dance in a ring around them. Girls make garlands from the cow-wheat, a wild flowers, tell fortune and mention their female desires.
- Cuckoo [GEGUTĖLĖ], music by D. Zakaras, E. Stundytėʼs choreography. This composition is a love dance for two expressed by modern choreography. The folk melody, which is developed in a rather modern manner, intertwines with the elements of the modern folk dancing, which reflects the emotions of the youthful games of the lovers.
- Wooden Horse [MEDINIS ŽIRGELIS]. A composition for wooden bells, music by B. Dvarionas. In the past the cows used to wear a wooden bell around their neck in order not to get lost, so the shepherds would sometimes use them to make music. The music instrument Skrabalai is made of 27 such wooden bells. VIDEO
- 12. Slinkis [SLINKIS], music by V. Juozapaitis, V. Buterlevičiusʼs choreography. Everyday shoes typical of the Žemaitija peasants are Clumps made of wooden billets, and our male dancers will demonstrate that one can also perfectly dance in them. This humorous dance combines the elements of a folk dance and effective stunts, which will leave an indelible impression on the audience.
- Race [LENKTYNĖS], music by A Bražinskas. This is the greatest masterpiece for the folk instrument orchestra and the solo of six buribynės. It is meant to express the battle between the two groups of the soloists, who is more masterful. This gives the composition more free flowing emotional energy.
- Wedding Dance [VESTUVINIAI ŠOKIAI],music by J. Juozapaitis and A. Bražinskas, J. Lingisʼ choreography. One of the most colourful celebrations in a Lithuania village is a wedding. The dance laconically pictures the barker, who is inviting the guests to a wedding, and the young people accompanying the newlyweds and the matchmakers to the parents’ of a bride, who greet them with gifts. And of course, the uninvited wedding guests “guogiai” (no wedding without them) throw themselves into a dance and play pranks, wanting to try the matron‘s pie.
- Plait of Songs [DAINŲ PYNĖ], Lithuanian folk music, arr. by G. Svilainis. This is a potpourri of the four most popular Lithuanian songs Gražių Dainelių Daug Girdėjau andSiuntė Mane Močiutė performed by the female choir, Augo Girioj Ąžuolėlis performed by the male choir and Giedu Giesmelę performed by all the choir and orchestra. This plait of songs evokes patriotic feelings in the Lithuanian audience, without which respect and love for their forefathers’ land is impossible to imagine.
- Festive Polka Dance [ŠVENTINĖ POLKA], music by E. Pylipaitis, J. Lingisʼ choreography. This the most effective final dance of all times created for the ensemble repertoire. Clunky, windblown polka ends with the “salute” of the straw hats announcing encore the end of the concert.