"Dimzens" 15'th anniversary,
Jelgava, 9 November 2003
was created in middle of September, but, because of repairs of Jelgava Culture house,
it's ten years was observed only on Martin's day. At doors of the hall heros of
anniversary met the visitors by a nice dancing music.
The concert, certainly, began by a performance of the hosts. At first they
have remembered the generations, which have left to us so beautiful songs and
dances (time between the Michael's day and the Martin's day is considered as
a time of souls of deads). Then, together with
they danced a Martin's dance. In
continuation a very successful synthesis of a legend (about Martin, Catherine,
Andrew and Barbara) and songs was shown . Such shows became more and more popular,
and it's not bad - people, not connected with the folklore movement, finds them
Certainly, a birthday without guests is not a birthday, thus, have arrived
almost all folklore ensembles from Latvian Zemgalia and one ensemble from
Lithuanian Zemgalia, from the city of Joniskis.
Only foreigners - the Lithuanian group Kuparas - showed a full performance.
Unfortunately, the ensemble, despite of a plenty of the participants, has made
rather pitiable impression. First, the costumes were gaudy, not appropriate
to the folk traditions: a majority of the women had amber beads, two girls were
in pseudo archeological overalls and tank-boots, the leader was in not-authentic
material's vest. Secondly, the performance itself was with a claim, but the level
of performance did not reach it. For example, the singing was loud, but out of tune
and insincere. Squeeze-boxers played good, but it is not clear, why the groups'
leader has joined them with her poor violin's playing. Psalteries were not tuned
together between themselves and with a pipe (and the leader played very bad on
the pipe too). The guitar sounded so, as it was tuned for the last time three
months ago. In fact, the ensemble has shown some interesting dances, and the
last song sounded well.
Rota from Jelgava
After a roundelay showed by Dimzēns to the stage came an other
group from Jelgava - the children's vocal studio Rota, which
has shown evidently, in what perverted form till now in some places teach
folk songs to children under an accompaniment of a piano children exactly
illustrated a text of songs by motions, and also moved and squated in very
Small barells, large barells...
It was time of speeches of officials: speaked a representative of the State Centre
of Traditional Arts and the chairman of Jelgava City council.
From Latvian ensembles - bearers of congratulations, the first came Trejupe
from Bauska. It is a pity, that they not changed the song, which already has
sounded at the concert. Behind their comic congratulatory song was
Rota from Dobele
The hosts also have congratulated Rota and Puduris from Dobele,
Dreņģeri from Bauska and Vecsaule's, Livberze's (it had in the staff
an authentic player of a well sounding Petersberg's squeeze-box) and
Svitene's (they have presented an alive cock in a crate) folklore ensembles.
After the last going out of Dimzēns all people have invited to an other
hall, where were covered very rich tables. Dances were played by the hosts
and the Lithuanian guests, and all the people danced.
It would be desirable to note, that in honour of the anniversary Dimzēns
has recorded and released a compact disc.
Article: Ansis Ataols Bērziņš, 18 November 2003
Photos: Ansis Ataols Bērziņš