Be sure when Folkmoot Festival 2018 rolls around to Czech the box of the Folk Ensemble Kašava – yes, of the Czech Republic!
We’re sure Kašava will be a big hit at the 2018 festival!
Folkmoot 2018 opens July 19 and runs through July 29 and will feature performing dance troupes from Ghana, Italy, Czech Republic, Mexico, Thailland and Northern Cyprus and Venezuela as well as Anglo Appalachian and, as always, Cherokee dancers and musicians.
Kašava was founded in 1971 in a village of the same name, situated in the northern part of the Zlin region of the Czech Republic.
Originally connected to the local agricultural co-operative, the troupe has over the years increasingly expanded its focus to the folk ways, customs and dances of western and southern Wallachia (a hilly east-Moravian region) and the surrounding areas of Luhacovice
Zalesi and the flat region of Hana.
Apart from individual dances the repertoire of the ensemble includes scenic items combining music, dance and features of drama. These arise both from folk rituals and customs and folk materials reflecting serious points in the life of past generations from the particular region.
One of the specific features of Kašava’s focus is the reconstruction of extinct Christmas and Shrovetide custom plays. The work of the group’s members is arm in arm with the effort for preserving the ethical and aesthetic values of the traditional folk culture.
Kašava holds thematic folk programs and traditional dance balls for the public, attends annual caroling and takes part in festivals at home, throughout Europe and, now, the United States.
An important part of the Kašava members’ activity is their work with children. Six children’s folk groups have been organized and roughly 150 children participate on a regular basix.
The leader of the troupe is Ondrej Pavlistik. Its music director is Katerina Dlabajova and the choir director is Petra Pavlistikova.
Folkmoot will be pleased and proud to present this summer Kašava!
See one of the troupe’s performances in this YouTube video (please visit their YouTube channel for more):