Vilnius University Song and Dance Ensemble is a well-known collective in Lithuania. It became famous for reconciling innovative and archaic elements.
Ensemble was found in January of 1940. It started as a group of 16 dancers, but since then it has grown to a big company of artists, combining more than 50 dancers, musicians and singers. For all of them ensemble is their leisure and pleasure, a second family, where they gather together after long lectures, work or exhausting exam sessions. All dancers, musicians and singers know how to live an interesting life. All members plan and combine their studies and free – time successfully. They enrich ensemble of Vilnius University with their youthful energy and sincerity.
A performance starts… Songs, music, dances, high spirits… There is a group of young people on the stage, who love and cherish Lithuanian folk art. Lyric or humoristic dances, cheerful songs and subtle melodies always amaze audience. The inimitable, charming and magic spirits of the performers do not leave the public indifferent. Every piece of a program is always followed by long and sincere applause of the audience. The program of Vilnius University Ensemble is colorful and interesting. It includes unique wedding traditions and merry – making, serious dances of hard work, small episodes of Lithuanian festivals and moments of joy. All that, together with sincere smiles, high fulfillment techniques and unique Lithuanian culture creates unforgettable and marvelous performance on the stage.
Ensemble’s late leader V. Aleksandravičius said: “By appreciating Lithuanian folk art, we also create a new form, a new content for it. Ensemble‘s artistic direction and performances are composed of traditional and modern “language“”.
This year Ensemble of Vilnius University celebrates its 75 anniversary. During those years ensemble has gained victories in competitions of amateur artistic work, deserved the names of laureates in different reviews, participated in the number of concerts and festivals in Lithuania and all over the world.
No matter what part of the world Vilnius University ensemble performs at, it always leaves a small but very bright and unforgettable part of Lithuanian culture there.