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Dance folklore group

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In Ethnographical Open-air museum, Riga

      Name: Dandari
          meaning: a boorish man, also - a refrain with unknown meaning of an old roundelay
          recommended transcription in English: Dandari
          approximate pronunciation in English: Dandari
          Listen pronunciation in AU format (13 Kb)

      Created: 14 November 1980
      Location: Riga
      Leader: Ilmārs Pumpurs, Dace Circene
      Number of participants: 19, of them by age:
          from 14 to 24 years: 12
          from 25 to 44 years: 7
      and by gender:
          males: 8
          males: 11
      Forms of activity: sing, play music, dance, play roundelays
      Musical insruments: violins, zither, double-bass, bagpipe, drum.

    The logotype of Dandari.
Simbol's figure (7Kb)

      Description: Folklore dance group Dandari of the University of Latvia unites those who are interested in folklore, especially, folk-dances. Group was founded in 1980 by Ernests Spīčs, well known ethno-choreologist, who was the first to prove that folk dances are still interesting and thrilling to spectators and dancers nowadays. The founder of the group engaged the participants of Dandari into collecting of folklore. The collected materials are an important part in the repertoire of the group.
    The repertoire of Dandari consists of dances from different regions of Latvia, folklore games, and new-made choreographies based on ancient material, starting from habitual social life traditions and seasonal performances till modern folklore theatre show and special programmes made to present Latvian culture.
    The dance and folklore group Dandari studies also singing, spoken folklore and traditions. Many details of their ethnographic costumes are self-made. The musicians of Dandari successfully do their performances in the original way of playing - using ancient musical instruments and imitating the manner of playing used by early folk musicians. Dandari has taken part in many festivals in Latvia: Baltica, Gaudeamus, Sudmaliņas, PEPT.
    They have presented Latvian traditions in Georgia, Poland, Russia (Siberia), Germany, Norway, Sweden, USA, Spain and France; and neighbouring countries - Lithuania and Estonia.
    Dandari has participated in the festival of Folk Life organized by Smithsonian Institute in Washington, USA, in EXPO 2000 in Hannover, Germany, as well as in the activities organized by Latvian embassies.

      Sound sample: Rucavietis (Rutsavan) or Krustdeja (Crossdance) (2000)
Full song in MP3 format (654 Kb)

Photo (37Kb)
Winter 2003

          in Latvian: Ilmārs Pumpurs, Ļermontova 3-3, Rīga, LV-1002, Latvija
          in English: Ilmars Pumpurs, Lermontova 3-3, Riga, LV-1002, Latvia
      Phone: (+371) 7617643, 9138299
      Home page:

      Date of presenting the information: 9 January 2004

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