|IVAN GORAN KOVACIC||Zagreb|
The collection of folk costumes includes about 450
outfits. They were carefully chosen and bought and some had to be
carefully redone. Some of those outfits have historical value.
The group toured Australia, Austria, Belgium,
Brasil, Canada, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland,
Israel, Italy, Macedonia, Moldavia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway,
Poland, Portugal, Slovak Republic, Spain and the USA, where it was well
received and obtained great reviews.
During the aggression on Croatia the group held a
number of charity concerts in Croatia and abroad with the cooperation of
DD Pliva and the Croatian Ministry of Defense.
During 1993 and 1994 the group went on a very
succesful tour of Autralia, New Zealand and Brasil. There they held many
concerts for the Croatian immigrants. The Croatian community had the
opportunity to enjoy their cultural heritage for the first time.
‘.. The folk group Goran raised interest and
admiration from the french audience. In the concert in L’Arbresle the
mayor said to the young Croatians: ‘We are trilled and impressed. This
was such a great performance that it is difficult to believe that it was
performed by amateurs. The performance was on a high professional level.
The song, movement, music and the beautiful folk costumes were in such
harmony that I have only one word: Fabulous...’
‘...At the international folk competition in Poland there were 20 groups
from 14 European and Asian countries; among them Zagreb folk group Ivan
Goran Kovacic. Although the competition was strong Goranovci won the
second price The Silver Axe. A special prize for the high level of
arrangements and performance ( a wooden sculpture) should be added to this
‘...At the international folk competition in Poland there were 20 groups from 14 European and Asian countries; among them Zagreb folk group Ivan Goran Kovacic. Although the competition was strong Goranovci won the second price The Silver Axe. A special prize for the high level of arrangements and performance ( a wooden sculpture) should be added to this great success...’
‘...The first visit of a Croatian culture group in Belgium after the
international recognition of Croatia was in the centre of attention of the
Belgian public and the number of Croatians...’
The seat of the ensemble is in
In the 50 years of its existence, LADO has
travelled the lengths and breadths of the Worid, and has performed on the
world's most prestigious stages and in its most famous concert halls,
never fging to win the highest acciaims of delighted audiences, from
prominent names in the fields of culture, art and polities, as weil as
from professional critics, who rate LADO as being one of the most superb
folklore ensembles anywhere in the world.
In its endeavours, LADO engages not only the best
ethno-choreologists and choreographers, ethno-musicologists, music score
writers and folkloiists, but also composers and conductors whose work is
inspired by folklore music. This approach has resulted in an impressive
choreographic and musical repertoire, which cherishes above all, original,
autochthonous folklore art, and which has in tum made LADO recognised and
famous throughout the world.
Being what they are, it is hardly surprising that
LADO owns a quite unique collection of authentic folklore apparel of
exceptional beauty and value, amounting to more than
a thousand complete outfits, thereby complementing
their presentation of songs and dances with a festival of traditional
The Ensemble's repertoire comprises over a hundred
different choreographies and several hundred vocal, instrumental and
vocallinstrumental numbers, with as many as thirty-flve superb dancers,
all of whom are equally brilliant singers, who can effortlessly svách
from a folklore dance ensemble to a trily wonderful folklore choir. They
are accompanied by fourteen highly qualified musicians who are able to
palay a total of forty different instruments between them.