|The University Folklore Ensemble "MLADOS" (Youth) celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2001, although its roots of formation and activities date back to 1960s. The coner-stone of the ensemble was laid in the school-year 1959/60 when a Pedagogical Institute was opened in Bansk Bystrica. It was for the first time that musical training for future teachers at basic schools was made possible in Bansk Bystrica, thanks to an establishment of the Department of musical education. In this schoolyear, Dezider Strme founded and successfully conducted a singing choir named "PEDAGG" (Educationist) which became a founding stone of extra-curricular artistic activities at the University. In 1960/61 a dancing ensemble was formed under a leadership of PhDr. Boena Kovaov - former member of well-known folklore groups "Lnica" and "Technik".|
An orchestra was also created at this time and it was led by Eduard Gbor. After affiliation of other artistic components to the singing choir this ensemble of musicians, singers and dancers became known as "BUDCNOS" (Future). Thanks to conscientious work of the art director and of all members this entity rose step by step to a higher artistic grade. Dancers achieved many succesful results in a very short period of time. The ensemble reached the first place in a competition of artistic creativity of Czech and Slovak university ensembles in Prague and the first place in a national competition of artistic creativity of university students in Nitra. The group also took part in traditional folklore festivals in Slovakia.
The time when dancers worked under direction of PhDr. Boena Kovaov can be named as the first functional period of the group. It was her who "set fire" for folk art in students` souls, which was and still is inevitable for such a work and which did not burn out up to this day.
Thanks to an initiative of the Department of musical education a university folklore ensemble MLADOS was formed on 12.10.1971. It kept on the tradition of ensembles Pedagg and Budcnos. In this way a new member of the folklore groups family in Bansk Bystrica was born.
The fact that Mlados is a university ensemble creates a unique atmosphere in the group. The members usually change after 4 or 5 years when they finish their university studies and end up with their activities in Mlados. In this way new generations of folklore fans grow quickly and periodically. However, many former members continue with active participation in cultural happenings after they leave Mlados and some of them create new children folklore ensembles in their home region. In spite of annual changes in the membership, the artistic quality steadily increases. Enthusiasm and dedication of all members are crucial movers of the group. The shift of experience to younger members is automatic and spontaneous.
The ensemble gradually developed its structure into four components :
Dancers A new art director -Dr.
Eleonra Baranov - followed after the group founder PhDr. Boena
Kovaov. She enriched the repertoire with new choreographies which were
appreciated on various festivals and competitions. From 1985 the group was
led by J. Katreniak in co-operation with two choreographers Mria
Koiov - Palasthyov and Marin upka. After their arrival
the group came to a new life and rose to a higher artistic level. In the schoolyear
1989/90 J. Katreniak was substituted by Roman Ruttkay and
from 1990/1991 on, Eleonra Trunekov became the head of the group.
In the next school-year Marin upka came back to work in the group
and later became its art director. Under his leadership MLADOS reached its
biggest success - the title "Laureate of Academic
Nitra" in 1992.
After a departure of M. upka Martin Kolenika acted as a manager and Katarna Onofrejov and Ester kov took care of artistic aspects. After this transitional period the management was finally stabilised. Dr. Jn Macejka became a manager in 1996 and in 1997 came Ing. Miroslav Sitr - a new art director - who brought many innovations with him and contributed to a further elevation of the groups artistic level. In this period the ensemble received a second biggest acknowledgement of its work - the golden medal of the Matej Bel University on an occasion of the groups 30th anniversary. Marin upka was asked to come back when M. Sitr left the ensemble in 2002. Since then he is again a choreographer and an art director with the aim to continue in positive trends.
Singers - women Its activity began
under direction of Jozef Pantlk in 1977/78. The singers acted at
first as a small vocal group accompanying the dancers performance, later
they featured also soloist appearances of songs from the regions "Horehronie"
and "Detva". At the time when the women singing group was led by
PaedDr. Dagmar Michalkov the repertoire expanded to other regions
of Slovakia. The intention was (among others) to create a balance in scenic
composition of the programme, i.e. to raise the singing group from an accompaniment
to a valuable equivalent of dancers and musicians entries. The leadership
of this component shifted in time from Kamila Ulmanov, Ingrid Zibrnov,
Denisa Zambojov to ubica Horkov. In 1999 the group worked
under auspices of Peter Schneider - a member of the State opera in
Singers - men This part of the ensemble is a lot younger than the women`s singing choir. It was founded thanks to initiative of Teodor Duchovi. During the first year it was led by J. Katreniak and since 1989/90 by Rastislav Dud. The activities of men`s singing group became valuable part of ensembles programmes.