Ukrainian National Folk Dance
Pavlo Pavlovych Virsky was a dancer, ballet master, choreographer, and founder of the P. Virsky Ukrainian National Folk Dance Ensemble, whose work in Ukrainian dance was groundbreaking and influenced generations of dancers.

The main objective of the National Honoured Academic Dance Ensemble of Ukraine im.P.Virskogo is to collect, study and preservation of national traditions, customs and traditions of the Ukrainian people, the creation on this basis, folk dance and new choreographic miniatures to large canvases from the past and present life of Ukrainian.Primary sources include the construction of an ensemble by June 1937.Famous choreographers Pavel Virsky and Mykola Bolotov first time in Ukraine on the 'united around a choreographic collective folk dance, which in 1940 was reorganized in Song and Dance Ensemble of Ukraine.

In October 1951, after decades of Ukrainian art and literature in Moscow, he was again reorganized into the State Dance Ensemble of Ukraine.Organizer and permanent director of the ensemble from 1955 to 1975 was a People's Artist of USSR, State Prize Laureate of USSR, laureate of State Prize of Ukraine. Shevchenko - Pavel Virsky.

Based on the popular national traditions P. Virsky created more than five concert programs, which included vivid choreographic composition "We are from Ukraine," "Dolls," "Sailors," Hopak, "" Sisters, "" Chumatski joy "," Oh, under the cherry "," povzunets "," Podolyanochka, "" What a willow crying, "" The Cossacks "," We Remember "and others.Since 1980 the ensemble was headed by National Artist of Ukraine, Laureate of Taras Shevchenko National Prize - Miroslav Vantuh. Major in his work - directed creative research. Due to set up a team atmosphere, the art director made by artists of high performance skills, vivid imagery, creative and demanding attitude towards their work. MM Vantuhom at this time created new choreographic works, which were included in the golden treasury of Ukrainian folk dance.

Among them - the "Ukrainian dance with a tambourine," "In peace and harmony", "Ukraine, my Ukraine", Ukrainian lyrical "Summer of the young", "Carpathian Mountains", "Volyn Polka", "Gutsulka" and others, have updated the ensemble's repertoire and have great success with audiences both in Ukraine and far beyond. Under the leadership of M. Vantuha of the creative legacy of P. Virsky reopened more than 10 rooms of the program.In the formation of Ukrainian Dance Ensemble, artistic design of its programs participated famous artists: A. Petritsky, F. Nirody, T. Yablonskaya, G. Nesterovskaya, L. Pisarenko, N. Tsirikus, L. Vigue, L. A. Home and Khimich . Therefore, the concert of the audience enjoys not only excellent performance but also the wonderful costumes, which, of course, are an integral part of the show.

Processing of music and folk music to dance created and create a lot of Ukrainian Composers. In particular - People's Artist of Ukraine Zavgorodnii, Y. Levitsky, AA Helemskii, J. Lapinsky, B. Yarovinsky and others. All dances are accompanied by a symphony orchestra, which for years led the associate VP Virsky, composer, People's Artist of Ukraine Igor Ivashchenko. Since 1994, the orchestra Honored Artist of Ukraine Vitaliy Redko, and since 2001 the orchestra led by a gifted musician, talented composer, honored artist of Ukraine Alexander Cheberko.

In 1959 the ensemble was awarded the Diploma of the World Peace Council. In the same year for his services to the development of Ukrainian choreographic art team was given the honorary title "Honored", and in 1971 for high performance art - the "academic." In 1987 the team was awarded the Order of Friendship of Peoples.The team visited more than 60 countries, in particular: B 'Vietnam, Korea, China, Cuba, Austria, Britain, Canada, USA, Belgium, France, Spain, Italy, Greece, Brazil, Argentina, Venezuela, Portugal, Switzerland , Denmark, Andorra, Japan, and others where it is always with honor demonstrated achievement of national culture, to make a contribution to world culture.According to the contract dated 15 February 2001, signed by an American company to organize concerts Columbia Artitst Management Incorporated and the National Honoured Academic Dance Ensemble of Ukraine named. P. Virsky team spent a tour in the U.S. and Canada from September 13 to December 6, 2004 in the amount of 84 persons.

For 84-day stay on tour ensemble successfully performed with 72 concerts in 58 cities in the U.S. and Canada. Effervescent Ukrainian choreographic art of standing up, knocking his hand to redness, by exclamations of delight applauded around 100 thousand grateful American and Canadian viewers.Today is National Honoured Academic Dance Ensemble of Ukraine im.P. Virsky in the prime of his creative powers, and under the leadership of the Hero of Ukraine, People's Artist of Ukraine, People's Artist of Russia, winner of the National Prize of Ukraine. Shevchenko, professor, academician Miroslav Vantuha actively working to improve their professional level, adds to the repertoire with new works, and is active creative life, promoting the Ukrainian choreographic art both in Ukraine and abroad.

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