Folk Ensemble of Songs
and Dances JISKRA

Soubor písní a tanců JISKRA
Folk Ensemble of Songs and Dances JISKRA
Volksensemble von Liedern und Tänzen JISKRA

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Kolem do kolečka (Round and round)

A programme of music and dances based on folklore of the ethnographic region Chodsko. Rendering of a wedding with musical entertainment in Chodsko. The musical interpretation is entirely dominated by a characteristic folk instrument – the bag-pipe – and an E flat and B flat clarinets combination. 

2018
Choreography: Adéla Dankovičová, Jiří Bísek
Musical arrangements: Miroslav Škarda

Mlynářské rozmarné

A scenic dance showing the hard life in a mill house as well as in a neighbouring house of the miller’s family.

2013
Choreography: Hana Touchová
Musical arrangements: Miroslav Škarda

Májové milostné dostaveníčko (A May Rendezvous)

A lyric May dance for one dancing couple, in which a young man courts a young girl, who looses in the end of the dance her most valuable treasure – her virginity.

2009
Choreography: Hana Touchová, Stanislav Stašek, Adéla Dankovičová
Musical arrangements: Miroslav Šimandl

Mateníky

“Mateníky” for three dancing couples, partly inspired by the melody of the Polish dance “Krakovák”, which the ensemble got to know and rehearsed at the International Folklore Festival Jonava 2007 in Lithuania. 

2008
Choreography: Hana Touchová
Musical arrangements: Miroslav Škarda

Hašteření (Bickering)

A humorous programme about Pilsner women and beer, in which not only the theme of the song “Plzeňská věž” (“Pilsner Tower”) occurs but also the themes of the funny and slanderous songs “Já sem Plzeňák”, “Já ubohá děvečka”, or “Jaká by to hamba byla”.

2006
Choreography: Hana Touchová
Musical arrangements: Miroslav Škarda

Sedavá a kocúr

Interesting arrangement and connection of popular folk dances “Sedavá” and “Kocúr” from the neighbourhood of Postřekov in Chodsko.

2002
Choreography: Hana Touchová
Musical arrangements: Miroslav Šimandl

Vojenská (Soldier Dance)

Dance arrangement of the farewell and military recruitment theme.

2000
Choreography: Hana Touchová
Musical arrangements: Miroslav Šimandl

Filipojakubská noc (Walpurgis Night)

A programme inspired by the mysterious Walpurgis Night, a night of witchcraft, evil forces and witches‘ dances. But the night before the first of May is also the most convenient time for gathering medicinal herbs (Bylinkové sousedské)! After burning the last witch, however, the first May and time of love are coming (Máj, máj, máj; Marjánko, stavějí ti máje). 

1998
Choreography: Milan Kadlec
Musical arrangements: Miroslav Šimandl

Na Dílech u Honců

A programme of music and dances based this time on folklore of the ethnographic region Chodsko. Rendering of the cheerful atmosphere typical for all musical events in Chodsko. The musical interpretation is fully dominated by a typical instrument – the bag-pipe. 

1996
Choreography: Vlasta Černá, Miloslava Žáčková
Musical arrangements: Miroslav Šimandl

Řezaná skočná

A quick dance built up on the dancing basis and elements of folk dances “skočná” and “řezanka”. 

1986
Choreography: Milan Kadlec
Musical arrangements: Miroslav Šimandl

Plzeňská věž (Pilsner Tower)

A slow girls‘ dance performed in festive Pilsner folk costumes. Arrangement of the popular song “Pilsner Tower Overtops the Hills”.

1985
Choreography: Milan Kadlec
Musical arrangements: Miroslav Šimandl

Přástky a rozpřástky

A playful programme of dances set in the time after the Saint Martin’s Feast – the time of spinning (Toč se, kolovrátku!). The ban on spinning at the Saint Lucy’s Day is depicted here in a funny way (My k vám dneska přicházíme s svatou Lucií). Consequently, further characters appear one by one in the dance – a chimney sweep, a miller, a mask of a billy goat.

1985
Choreography: Daniela Stavělová
Musical arrangements: Miroslav Šimandl

Formanskou cestou (On the Coachman’s Way)

An extensive programme of dances dealing with the life of old coachmen, to whom the distances are both mission in life and love. The whole programme tracks in dance and music a real coachman’s way – it begins in Chodsko (Tuším, tuším; Pote se, lidičky, pote se dívat; Já sem forman). A point deserving special attention is the stop in Koloveč where, according to an old tale, a mill house was that ground nine old women to one young girl instead of flour once a year (Mletí bab; Mlynářský řemeslo; Koloveč je hezký město). The journey goes further via Klatovy, where coachman’s ways used to intersect in the past (Klatovák – a dance of proud coachmen who ask girls to dance in a coachman’s pub haughtily. These, however, do not tolerate such a bossy manner and make the coachmen lose their showpiece – the coachman’s scarf) and the coachman’s way comes to a happy end near Pilsen in Tlučná at the coachman’s loved one’s (Minet).

1982
Choreography: Daniela Stavělová
Musical arrangements: Miroslav Šimandl

Ševci (Shoemakers)

A humorous dance making fun of an adherent of shoemaking. An irreplaceable part plays in this dance a folk instrument “fanfrnoch” that is said to emit a sound typical of shoemakers as well.

1981
Choreography: Milan Kadlec
Musical arrangements: Miroslav Šimandl

Písničky a tancování kolem sudu (Songs and Dancing around the Beer Barrel)

A programme from the neighbourhood of Žinkovy singing the praises of beer and anything relating to it (Chmelíčku, chmeli; Pívali naši – píme my taky!; A vy, pane šenkýři; Na růžku v šenku).

1980
Choreography: Jiří Hošťálek
Musical arrangements: Miroslav Šimandl

Plzeňské tance (Pilsner Dances)

A programme of dances and music based on folklore from the neighbourhood of Pilsen.

1962
Choreography: Mariana Klementová
Musical arrangements: Josef Vršecký

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