Review for the festival Baltica'03, Riga,
15 December 2002
On Saturday, December 14, in Imanta Culture house a Baltica's review
of Riga ensembles (more correctly - their half, it was impossible to show all
of them in one day) and also some Tukums district's groups was held.
By first performed Laiva - with songs about the Mother of ground
and ghosts. As always, the ensemble has pleased with large number of
participants, and all of them were "at busines" - both sang and played.
The ensemble sang well, but knowing the pedantic attitudeof leader to
tuning of instruments, I was surprised that psalteries were not in tune.
Skandinieki sang about different mothers - Mother of road, Mother of
happiness, Mother of bushes, Mother of moderation and even about the own mum.
Interestingly, that the leader of ensemble Helmi Stalte did not performed, and the program
was leaded by a daughter Julgi - obviously, the mother with intention transfers
ensemble to the daughter beforehand.
the repertoir of the last disc.
This time the program already "has stuck" to the men - they did not confuse
the words. Convinced faces and strong voices of the performers have created
a very powerful impression.
Dandari have shown a program of Livonian dances. The performance
was very balanced and natural, without any excesses; it was much better
than performances on other reviewes of the last four years.
Vilcenes sang, how a girl leaves the father's house and that her
expects in a marriage. Is felt, that She-wolfs have worked and
improved their singing, but, anyway, it was not a good choice to let to
sing solo some women who have not a talent for singing.
Tukums' ensemble Pūrs sang about honey and bees. The participants were
dressed summerly - in linen clothes (though some were not authentic), barefooted.
The musicians played accordion, tuba and violin. The group sang well, but the
the performance itself was with strangenesses, for example, gray-haired women
ran and buzzed as bees.
sang about rye and - the girls - about lads. The comments of the leader were
hearty and witty. They sang well, but, unfortunately, played so-so.
four young fellows, have pleasantly surprised us: all sang loud and in tune.
However, the manner of palpation of the drum was nontraditional.
is the same as Pūrs (both ensembles has the same leader), however, in a increased
quantity (in ensemble there are 40 participants!). Though the subject was completely another
- shepherds and a work with hay, it looked, that all is the same, except the people.
Children's ensemble Pērkonītis from Zakumuizha sang about "the dairy way"
- from a shepherd's rod up to a tub of butter. Both the teenagers, and very small
children sang beautifully and in tune.
Riga Dance club
The Riga Dance club
performed the last. They made an impression that the performance is not polished -
the program had not enough unity (both thematic and choreographic), the dancers have
not danced and musicians have not played together enough too.
Article: Ansis Ataols Bērziņš, 12 January 2003
Photos: Ansis Ataols Bērziņš