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About us

"PYNIMELIS" - Lithuanian Dance and Folk Song Ensemble.

PYNIMĖLIS (a kind of festoon) was founded in 1986. It is an amateur folk dance, song, and music group. PYNIMELIS is the representational folk ensemble for the City of Panevėžys, Lithuania. The repertoire of the ensemble consists of authentic and stylised folk songs, music and dances, which have been composed and arranged by professional Lithuanian composers and choreographers for an exclusive first night performance by PYNIMĖLIS. Talented children are accepted into PYNIMĖLIS when they are 6 to 8 years old. They are taught folklore, Lithuanian customs and traditions, signing, dancing, etc. PYNIMELIS is made up of enthusiasts of Lithuanian folk song, dance and music. It consists of 430 performers - dancers, singers and musicians who are trained and directed by 6 professional instructors.

The dance group is the largest. There are one preparatory and seven performing dance groups. The groups are made up according to the age of the dancers: 6 to 7, 8 to 9, 10 to 11, 12 to 13, 14 to 15, 16 to 17 and 18 to 19 years of age.

The musicians form an orchestra consisting of two groups: one group playing archaic Lithuanian instruments (such as birbynė, lumzdelis, kanklės, skrabalai, skudučiai, ragelis), and the other playing traditional village instruments (accordion, harmonica, violin, clarinet, bass, trumpet, trombone, percussion, etc.).

Most solos are performed by traditional Lithuanian woodwind instruments like the BIRBYNĖ (various sized reed pipes with a horn bell), LUMZDELIS ( a very flexible longitudinal pipe giving similar-to–flute sound)

lPleasant to-the-ear sounds are provided by the KANKLĖS (an ancient string instrument similar to kantele ). The traditional  percussion instrument SKRABALAI (in a way similar to the xylophone), adds a fresh and original sound to the orchestra. SKUDUČIAI – is the most archaic of the Lithuanian instruments – they are wooden single tone pipes, and each member of a group of performers plays two or three pipes to produce homophonic or polyphonic harmony of sounds.

The choir (about 40 singers) consists of two groups: preparatory and principal. The principal choir consists of about 25 singers. In the preparatory group the children are trained to improve their vocal skills.