The Bzenec Ensemble of Songs and Dance
„Ensemble of songs and dances Bzenčan“ was founded in April 2015. The name is derived from Bzenec which is the residential town of the ensemble. Bzenec is a lovely town with long tradition of wine making. Its characteris being influenced by persisting traditions on one hand, and by current trends on the other – all of these affecting local architecture and way of life.
The ensemble presents folk culture from its homeland and other ethnographical areas of Czech Republic and Slovakia. The repertoire of ensemble consists of dances „sedlcká“ from the area around Bzenec; „verbuňk“ – an improvised men´s solo dance; „danaj“ from Strážnice; „skočná“ from Kyjov; and another specific local dances, for example „šiml and šotyš“. The ensemble cooperates with live tradition music.
Bzenčan has 25 members aged 15 to 30 years. Members of the ensemble perform in costume which is there construction of semi-urban clothing from the late 19th century. The group yearly performs up to 15 programs on various international and local festivals. The leader of the ensemble is Lucie Hacarová.