State Dancing Company of Dagestan
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Mikhail Nokhov Gymnasium # 1 Khasavyurt

For ages Dagestan has been famous for its folk crafts. Of remarkable beauty and truly invaluable are the works of art produced by the Kubachi and Gotsatli goldsmiths, the Lezgins and Tabasarans carpet-weavers, the Untsukul wood-carvers, and the Balkhar potters, all of which have earned worldwide fame. Paris, Brussels and other cities were smitten by the beauty of this unique works of art.

The people's culture, however, is not only the product of its skilled goldsmiths, carpet-weavers or potters. It is transmitted from one generation to another in its poetry, songs and dances. The mountain people's Lezginka dance is truly national and popular, and no holiday can do its merry fiery temperament.

They say that the Dagestan people dance from the cradle. This is certainly a bit of an exaggeration but there is no denying that upon learning to walk Dagestan child usually makes his first dancing steps. And children dancers win the greatest admiration of the viewers - abroad and at home, in their native town or village. The impetuous whirling Lezginka dance leaves no one indifferent and its elegant graceful movements are as exhilarating as they are unique.

It is after this traditional popular dance that the Lezginka Ensemble has been named. Lezginka, the Merited State Dance Company of Dagestan, was founded in 1958. For more than 20 years organizer and leader was People's Artist of the USSR Tankho Israilov. This is what Rasul Gamzatov, People's Poet of Daghestan, wrote about the emergence of the Lezginka Ensemble: "With the birth of the Lezginka Ensemble each of us experienced a feeling that comes with the birth of a long expected child. And a healthy, handsome and talented child it was. Its first performance brought tears of joy to our eyes. As one watches a Lezginka concert one cannot help repeating the words of our mountain folk: "Indeed, even the dead can be revived by this dances..."

The Lezginka Ensemble offers an extensive program of fiery, temperamental dances of the numerous peoples inhabiting this Mountain Country. All its choreographic and musical works convey the might and noble endeavors of the Daghestan peoples that are treading the highroad of national development in the multinational family of Caucasian peoples. The visitor of the concert will see a picturesque carnival of sparkling national costumes and hear the magic sounds of unique national instruments: zurna, agach-kumuz, tara, kemancha.

The mountain folk say that the people's soul lies in its music, songs and dances. This can be confirmed by anyone who has been to the Lezginka concert. Its dances express boundless love for one's native land, its heroic past and wonderful present, they reflect the power of human love, the people's heroic struggle for their happiness and pride for their country.

The program comprises of traditional dances and their modern arrangement. The concert is organized with great artistic taste and offers a broad variety of dances. The stage interpretation of traditional folklore motives, the artists' high performing mastery and emotional pitch, along with the novelty of the subjects of the dances, leave an indelible impression

The Lezginka Ensemble acquaints audiences with the customs of the Daghestan people, its courage and noble-mindedness, proud and staunch nature and unique national character.

Each concert program presents a wealth of choreographic compositions imbued with an original national color: "Welcoming Lezginka", the dances "Maskha", "Ailonai", "Antsukh", "At the Spring", the comic miniatures "Holiday in Mountain Village", the maidens' lyrical dance "Gaftar", to name only a few.

Each concert is a festival of dance, elegance and beauty. The Lezginka Ensemble with its art director and choreographer Iosif Mataev, People's Artist and winner of G.Tsadasa State Prize of Daghestan, have created a program that brings forth the people's culture, traditions and high performing mastership in all their brilliance. The repertoire always involves the careful studying of unique national traditions and folklore.

The Lezginka Ensemble has performed with invariable success in all over the Soviet Union, Germany, Poland, Czech Republic, Yugoslavia, Bulgaria, Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco, Libya, Syria, Jordan, Iraq, Kuwait, France, Great Britain, Turkey, Belgium, Holland, Italy, Taiwan, Spain and USA.