JOC NATIONAL FOLK DANCE COMPANY
HONORED COLLECTIVE OF THE REPUBLIC OF MOLDOVA
The company can present from 50 to 60 shows, involving from 65 to 75
artists (dancers and musicians) within 2-2.5 months. They must have a day of
rest after every 6 workdays. 2 shows can be presented on the 6th day, provided
that they are performed on the same stage.
Duration of show: 2 hours, with a 20-minute pause after the ﬁrst hour.
The cost of a show (including per diem allowance, accommodation, and
remuneration) can be set by agreement of the parties - the impresario and the
Moves from one city to another within the distance of 200-300 km are
possible (as return trips by bus). To guarantee high artistic quality of shows,
long-distance moves are not recommended.
In the cities where several shows are to be presented, it is desirable that a
stage be placed at the company’s disposal to rehearse the ﬁrst show.
To assure the normal course of performance, it is necessary to have a faultless
stage, suffcient lighting, and good acoustics. The minimal dimensions of the
stage in a theatre or concert hall must be 12 m wide and 14 m deep. For an
open-air stage: 16 m wide and 12-14 m deep.
The advertising of shows by radio and TV can consist only of performance
fragments and must not exceed 3 (three) minutes.
Other conditions: transportation of the artists and their properties; medical
insurance of the company members, baggage insurance.
We are at your disposal, dear impresarios, to ﬁx the date of the tour (month,
year) and the number of shows.
General Director and First Ballet-Master People’s
Artist of the Republic of Moldova and USSR State Prize winner of the USRR
Conductor of Orchestra Honored Artist of the Republic of Moldova
|No 2, str. Mesager, Chişinău. |
Tel./fax: (+373 22) 740268.
The word joe, just like good old romanian “hora”, comes
from the Latin jocus and can be translated as «joy», «mirth»,
«pastime with music and dance».
Founded in August 1945, the National Folk Dance Company
JOC, an honored collective of the Republic of Moldova, winner
of national, union (in the time of the USSR) and international
competitions, has established itself as an association that
actually maintains and develops the beautiful and valuable
traditions, customs, rites, and practices of Romanians who live
in the Republic of Moldova, thus undertaking a noble task to
represent the national art and culture.
Folk dancing makes up an integral part of the national
folklore. It is rich in diverse characters and styles which reﬂect
life, express aspirations and feelings of the people, their
centuries-old history. The value of this wonderful folklore
promoted by the National Company JOC consists, ﬁrst of all, in
the truth of life and the beauty it expresses. The art practiced
by JOC is nourished by the oldest and most splendid folk
dances of the Romanian stock.
During the 60 years elapsed since its ﬁrst performance, the
admirable company of JOC has worked with zeal and passion
to make up a large repertoire. 8 concert programs (about 80
dances) were produced. They included the most representative
musical and dancing pieces of the Moldovan land and were
performed before an audience whose total number was over
18,000,000 people. 7800 shows, including 3800 outside the
Republic of Moldova, were presented.
Since 1957, JOC has been led by Vladimir Curbet, a
talented and incomparable choreographer and art director,
national artist of the Republic of Moldova and former USSR,
State Prize winner, passionate ethnographer and folklore
specialist, tireless developer of folk music and dance, artist of
an encyclopedic mold. In the course of years (from 1957 till
2005), Master V. Curbet managed to cull the most beautiful
ﬂowers of dance, music, and national dress in the land of
Basarabia, employing them with a great inspiration in dances
staged by him, raising them to the level of a spectacle, making
them real choreographic chefs d’oeuvre, whose artistic forms
adhered to the style, manner, music, costumes, and spirituality
of the people in all their authenticity.
Thanks to the creative activity of the Master, the company
dancers have experienced a constant growth and commanded
national and international respect. Here are some of the
musical and choreographic masterpieces that have won the
worldwide recognition to the company: “Hora mare” (The Grand
Hora), “Bătuta”, “Hora fetelor” (Girls’ Hora), “Briul” (The Belt), “Sîrba,
Răzeşeasca” (Yeomen’ Dance), “Moldoveneasca”, “Mărunţica”
(Small Dance), “Crăiţele“ (The Princes), “Căluşarii”, “Haiduceasca”,
“Nunta moldovenească“ (Moldovan Wedding), The Carpathian
Suite, The Legend of Mărţişor, the musical and choreographic
Poem of Drăgaica.
During the years of its existence, the company of JOC made
several utterly prestigious tours, achieving resounding success
in more than 63 counties of the world (France, Spain, Italy,
Portugal, Australia, New Zealand, Belgium, Holland, Denmark,
Finland, Germany, Greece, Turkey, Egypt, Libya, Tunisia,
Syria, Lebanon, Canada, Mexico, Venezuela, China, Uruguay,
Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania, Bulgaria, Poland,
Yugoslavia, North Korea, India, Philippine Isles, Sweden,
Norway, etc.). The company has borne with pride and dignity
the inextinguishable torch of Moldovan folk art, which conveys
a hearty and fervent message of friendship to all the nations.
The company’s achievements include: the ﬁrst prize
and the golden medal at the 4th World Youth Festival in
Bucharest (1953); the ﬁrst prize and the golden medal at the
World Youth Festival in Moscow (1957); the ﬁrst prize at the
Folk Festival in Dubrovnik, Yugoslavia (1965); the golden
medal at the World Youth Festival in Berlin (1974); the ﬁrst-
grade diploma and the golden medal at the International
Folk Festival in Burgaz, Bulgaria (1979).
In the fall of 1979, the body of JOC was awarded with
the honorary title of «academic company» for its masterly
performance technique and fruitful artistic activity, for
its outstanding accomplishments in promotion and
development of the musical and choreographic heritage of
the Republic of Moldova.
The golden medal brilliantly earned at the First Delphic
Games, an international cultural competition held in Moscow
in 2000, is an eloquent proof of the company’s permanent
viability and superb performance.
Currently JOC comprises 90 artists, either dancers or musicians,
who studied at specialized schools and institutions and are able
to promote the choreographic art and national music. Among
the solist dancers who enjoy tremendous success and steady
popularity are: Viorica Lupascu, Alexandra Dumitraşcu, Valentina
Moscovici, Ludmila Grigoruţă, Ghenadie Broască, Anatol Cîrlea,
Iana Diacenco, Grigore Paladi, Dragoş Sugac; and soloist
musicians: Sergiu Marian (pipe, horn, ocarina, bagpipe, ﬁfe),
Marian Gheras, (reed pipe), Ghenadie Dabija (clarinet, pan pipe),
Tudor Zotov (violin), Petru Strelciuc (trumpet), etc.
ABOUT US IN THE PRESS
Critics, different in their cast of mind and temperament as
they may be, agree that every performance by JOC is a poem
of joy, a feast for eyes and heart, a triumph of optimism. Here is
a selection of appreciative opinions earned by the company:
- «The Moldovan dancers and musicians demonstrate
a high art on the stage of the Capitol Theater. Their striking
dances follow one another in full beauty, gracefulness, and
All the art presented by JOC is really genuine and makes
us appreciate the company from that small and graceful
republic as one of the most brilliant groups in the world...»
Action Quebec, 1968, Canada
- «We can regard JOC as one of the most valuable and
prestigious folk dance and music groups in the Balkans. I
think I would not be even wrong if I said ‘in the world’...
Ladies and Gentlemen, do you know who these lively
artists are? They are real scions and heirs of the ancient
Thracians and Romans, those who, ﬁnally, bequeathed them
their language which they speak to this very day...»
Antenna, Etnos Weekly of September 10, 1984, review by Angelici Hatzimichaili
- «The attention and love, which
Master Vladimir Curbet manifests
towards the traditions, testify to a
generous nature infatuated with
song and native speech, expressed in
beautiful and matchless scenic pearls,
such as: Hora mare, Mărunţica, Crăiţele,
Căluşarii, Bătuta, The Wedding Show, The
Legend of Marţişor, The Poem of Drăgaica.
They are a visiting card both of JOC and
Moldova Suverană, 2004.
- «JOC has no rival in dance, music,
and national costume, one can only
inﬁnitely admire its spectacle...»
Daily Telegraph, 1975, Australia.
- «The show is picturesque, full
of enthusiasm and dynamism. The
Moldovan folklore is selected carefully
and tastefully by V. Curbet, author of
a choreography exceptionally superb
in its originality and national style...
The success of the show would be
incomplete without the JOC musicians
who form a remarkable ensemble.»
Nice matin, 1975, France.
- «Such is the power of talent
evinced by the JOC performers that
it seems that some invisible threads
are spun to the hearts of enchanted
spectators, carrying them to the world
of beauty up to the end of the show...
JOC can be regarded as a model of folk
Le Patriote, 2000, Belgium.
- «Attending the performance of
JOC group, one becomes convinced
that everything presented by
the Moldovan artists manifests a
magniﬁcent mastery, an intact sincerity
and genuineness full of life and national
originality... Watching this show, one
cannot but realize that only a very
talented people could create such a
charming and original folkloric wealth».
Pravda, 2001, Russia.
- «The dances performed by JOC
amaze and convince that they have a
speciﬁc, authentic, and national original.
This powerful and excellent company
from the north of Romania/Basarbia has
shaken the Mexican public with its art,
beautiful like a ﬂower garden, making
people heartily applaud.»
The Latest Hour, 1991, Mexico.
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