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 company administration.
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
Vladimir CURBET
Conductor of Orchestra Honored Artist of the Republic of Moldova
Gheorghe Şevcişin
No 2, str. Mesager, Chişinău.
Tel./fax: (+373 22) 740268.
E-mail: ansamble-joc@mail.md


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.


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 rhythm...
    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 the nation”.
  • 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 choreography...»
  • 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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