Artistic career of the ensemble:
The Folk Ensemble JISKRA ( = "Spark") was founded in 1958. Since its foundation this group has performanced and interpreted the folklore of the southern-west Bohemia. It prefers the areas: Plzeň, Chodsko and Žinkovy.
The ensemble JISKRA consists of 3 parts - music (violins, contrabass, clarinets, bag-pipes, "fanfrnoch" and "vozembouch"),
singers and dancers - together there are cca 35 members.
Since 1997 JISKRA with the Town of Plzeň is the main organizator of the International Folklore Festival in Plzeň.
JISKRA belongs to the best amateur ensembles in the Czech republic. It takes part of recording in the broadcasting studio of Czech Radio Plzeň, it cooperated with the Czech Television.
JISKRA is the member of the Folklore Association of Czech Republic.
The Folk Ensemble JISKRA has made, until now, tours in these countries:
1968 - FRANCE - Paris
1976 - GERMANY - Gera
1981 - GERMANY - Gera
1983 - BELGIUM - Dendermonde
1985 - BELGIUM - Dendermonde
1985 - ENGLAND - Folkestone
1986 - RUSSIA - Sverdlovsk - Moskva
1987 - POLAND - Zakopané
1987 - SYRIA - Damašk
1989 - BELGIUM - Jambes - Dendermonde
1989 - KOREA - Pchjongjang
1993 - GERMANY - Gera - Mintraching
1994 - DENMARK - Hjertebjerg - Bogo
1995 - ITALY - Penna Sant' Andrea
1996 - FRANCE - Lamballe - Le Donjon - Nouzier
1996 - GERMANY - Hirschau
1998 - BELGIUM - Dendermonde - Edegem
1999 - GERMANY - Mühldorf
2000 - FINLAND - Turku
2000 - GERMANY - Mühldorf
2000 - SLOVAKIA - Liptovský Mikuláš
2001 - POLAND - Zywiec - Wisla - Ujsoly - Osvětim - Sczyrk - Andrychow
2001 - GERMANY - Mühldorf
2001 - SLOVAKIA - Oravská Polhora, Mutené
2002 - AUSTRIA - Guttenbrun, Hirschbach
2002 - FRANCE - Limoges
2003 - GERMANY - Regensburg
2003 - GERMANY - Lužice- Bausitz, Crostwitz, Nebelschütz
2003 - BELGIUM - Bissegem
2003 - GERMANY - Mühldorf
2005 - NORTH CYPRUS - Lefkosa, Girne
2005 - GERMANY - Mühldorf
Regulary, it takes part in the most important folk festival in the Czech Republic - Karlovy Vary, Domažlice, Pardubice, Klatovy, Červený Kostelec, Strážnice.
Information about a programme:
The repertory includes folk songs, music and dances from the areas written above. There are typical costum for each area.The choreography
of dances is based on the original folk custom and dances, they are particulary modificated.
The ensemble gives into its performances circle and figural dances. You can find there some dances which presents the typical old crafts - for example: brick - makers, shoemakers, innkeepres, witches etc.
This group has prepared some performances which are connected with the familiar and calendary customs ("Roving and st. Lucie", "The night Philip - Jacob's - magic and thaumaturgy", Christmas in Plisen, "Forman's road", "Shoemakers", "Military song").