The ensemble is made up of young talented dancers, musicians, and singers. Inspiration is taken from folklore traditions, from the words of the best singers and great lead violinists, and the relation of musical celebrities (e.g. Leoš Janáček, Béla Bartók, Jaroslav Jurášek and others) to the folklore tradition and music and dance is also taken into account. Apart from professional artistic and organizational workers, the ensemble is also made up of amateur dancers, and musical and singing groups.
Thanks to the Armed Forces of the Czech Republic the ensemble can work under professional conditions and therefore it can place greater emphasis on the professional work and expository level of all of its members. Since 1993, the dramaturgy of ONDRÁŠ MAE has focused mainly on the ethnic areas of Moravia and Bohemia. Program numbers inspired by folklore dances and melodies from the regions of Slovakia, Hungary, and Romania etc. often appear in our repertoire. The overall dramaturgy of the ensemble during the creation of individual types of programs is not limited to only the interpretation of folklore programs taken from folklore tradition, but it is also made up of theatre programs with folklore themes and plots (Stories sung with dance – 1999, Čertovinky – 2004). The ensemble also prepares individual music programs both in the form of performances of cimbalom music which is played for listening or dancing, and in the form of musical concerts which often cross musical genres (folklore, classical and ethnic music) and which often incorporate performances of folklore personalities (e.g.
Luboš Holý, Dušan Holý, Lubomír Málek, Bohumil Smejkal, Vlasta Grycová and many others) and also personalities and groups from other genres (e.g. Pavel Šporcl, Zora Jandová, Jaroslav Svěcený, the Boni pueri Czech Young Mans Choir, and the group Natalika etc.). In addition to cooperation with these celebrities the ensemble strives to also find new, talented, but to–date undiscovered, singers and musicians and presents them to a wider audience. The wider artistic approach of this almost 100–member collective is unique in its own way. The ensemble also performs a firm favorite with its audiences, the highly esteemed annual Christmas concert, as well as educational concerts for children. Statistics of the ensemble speak of the fact that ONDRÁŠ holds 150 – 200 performances annually throughout the Czech Republic and has successfully represented themselves abroad where, apart form a range of prizes, they have gained new support (trips named at random include e.g. trips to Israel, Japan, USA, England, France, Holland, Lithuania and others). More info about this ensemble is here: http://www.vusondras.cz/texty/view.php?id=2 Read more on Last.fm.
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