Folk Ensemble Mali Poligrodzianie
Folk Ensemble Mali Poligrodzianie was established in 1985 as a sister project of Poznan University of Technology Folk Dance Ensemble Poligrodzianie. It brings together about 70 young dancers from 6 to 14 years of age.
The idea behind its establishment was development of artistic sensitivity and bringing up young people in the spirit of popular tradition and respect for Polish culture.
Mali Poligrodzianie successfully participate in many prestigious international festivals in Canada, South Korea, Turkey and other countries. High artistic level of ensemble was very often appreciated in competitions: International Overview “Folk of the World” 2014 in Zduńska Wola (1st Place), International Folk Competition “Flourishing Czech Republic” 2016 in Prague (2nd Place), International Dance Festival in Łódź 2017 by two awards: “Silver Boat” in 10-14 age category and “Bronze Boat” in 7-9 age category.
To arrange dances and chants for performance, only authentic sources are used, as close to Polish folklore “roots” as possible. The character, behaviour and performance pattern distinctive for presented regions are retrieved and the typical arrangement of instruments is preserved. The occasion for each dance and song is a real folk tradition – for instance, “kolędowanie” (carolling) in Żywiec region. Besides nation-wide folk dances such as krakowiak and oberek, the ensemble’s repertoire includes regional dances from Wielkopolska, Silesia, Żywiec, Masovia, Łowicz and Szczyrk regions.
Songs and dances of Lower Silesia
Folklore of the Highlanders from Żywiec
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