ABOUT THE ENSEMBLE
The Academic Song and Dance Ensemble of the University of Lodz "KUJON" is one of the student organisations at the University. As an organisation, it is subordinate to the Vice-Rector for Student Affairs, and structurally to the head of the Department of Living Affairs of Students of the University of Lodz. "KUJON" is the holder of the "Honorary Badge of the City of Łódź" awarded for promoting folklore and the city.
Funds for the subsidy come from:
- a targeted grant from the Rector of UL
- City of Lodz Office
- paid performances
- sponsor grants
- implementation of programmes and grants
The ensemble members have the possibility of participating free of charge in preparatory and advanced group classes.
Upon the decision of the Rector of the University of Lodz of 2007, participation in the classes of the Academic Song and Dance Ensemble of the University of Lodz "KUJON" allows for completion of the obligatory physical education classes.
The Academic Song and Dance Ensemble of the University of Lodz "KUJON" was established in 1987 on the initiative of students and lecturers of the Didactic and Scientific Teams in Lodz of the Academy of Physical Education in Warsaw.
Since 1991, after the reorganisation of studies, it has been an ensemble of the University of Lodz. “KUJON” is the only student folklore ensemble in academic Lodz, and its members are students of the University of Lodz, Lodz University of Technology, Grazyna and Kiejstut Bacewicz University of Music in Lodz and other Lodz universities.
The name of the ensemble comes from the name of the dance from the vicinity of Łowicz (łowickie kujony - Łowicz nerds).
In it repertoire, “KUJON” has national and regional dances: Łowicz, Opoczno, Lublin, Rzeszów, Kraków and Nowosądeckie voivodeships and based on urban folklore of Lodz, a musical and dance story "Na majówce w Mani Lesie".
Multiple performances in the country and at festivals, including in such countries such as: Italy, Algeria, Russia, Turkey, France, Spain, Macedonia, Scotland, Ukraine and South Korea, Thailand, Belarus, Slovakia, Portugal, Sardinia brought the ensemble awards and distinctions including: a special award for choreography (1999) at the Folklore Festival in Samsun - Turkey, Grand Prix (2000) at the Festival in Sidi Bel Abbes - Algeria and the sympathy of the audience.
- Jolanta Dąbrowska - artistic director and choreographer
- Ryszard Kruszyński - music director, band director and accompanist
- Krzysztof Dąbrowski - ensemble leader
- Marta Papis - preparatory group instructor
- Włodzimierz Jakiel - accompanist of the preparatory group, member of the ensemble
The classes are held on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6.30 p.m. in the gym of the University of Lodz, ul. Tamka 12 (tram stop of lines 15 and 43).
The objective of the classes is to shape the aesthetics of movement, correct body posture, awaken musical sensitivity, acquire movement habits useful in dance and stage presentation, learn basic steps and dance figures with particular emphasis on Polish national and regional dances, get to know the dance and vocal repertoire of the ensemble.
We encourage students from the last classes of high schools, students of the University of Lodz and other Lodz universities to take part in the classes. You will make new friends. You will spend your time in an interesting and creative way, and gain skills that you will appreciate during, for example, your wedding. Time spent together during rehearsals, or during the events (on St. Andrew's Eve, Christmas Eve, Shrove Tuesday, during Easter) will enable you to gain new acquaintances and friends (thanks to the ensemble 14 couples who finally got married met :))
Bring a comfortable outfit, sneakers, ballet shoes, a towel (the possibility of showering after class) to the classes.
The classes are held on Mondays and Wednesdays from 8.00 p.m. in the gym of the University of Lodz, Łódź ul Tamka 12.
The objective of the classes is to improve dance and vocal skills, learn and improve dance routines, participate in performances in the country and abroad. The classes are attended by those qualified from the preparatory group or those who have had an internship in other teams and have relevant knowledge and dance skills.
“KUJON” belongs to the Polish section of the International Council of Organizations of Folklore Festivals and Folk Arts CIOFF and the Polish Academic Folklore Association PASF.
- Polonaise (duration: 3:20 min.)
- Mazur (duration: 3:50 min.)
- Od Łowicza jedziemy (duration: 13:30 min.)
- Suite of dances from the vicinity of: Lublin (duration: 7:30 min.)
- Dances and chants of Opoczno (duration: 8:24 min.)
- Dances of Nowy Sącz (duration: 12:30 min.)
- Topi mi się topi - dances and chants of the Spiš region (time approx. 11 min)
- "W Staromieściu" - Rzeszów dances (duration: 13:30 min.)
- Kraków dances (duration: 6:00 min.)
- Lodz city folklore "Na majówce w Mani Lesie" (duration: 9:15 min.)
- Na polu (duration: 3:20 min.)
- Gdzie się dwóch bije (duration: 4:30 min.)
- "Czerwone jagody"
- "Jadą goście"
- "Jedzie Jasiu"
- "Kochanie, kochanie"
- "Kukułeczka kuka"
- "Świeci miesiąc"
- "Zachodzi słoneczko"
and many more.
The repertoire of the Christmas period includes not only carols known to everyone such as "Bóg się rodzi" or "Lulajże Jezuniu" but also carols and pastorals of highlander nature such as "Gore gwiazda Jezusowi".
Artistic programmes of the Academic Song and Dance Ensemble of the University of Lodz "KUJON" and performances of the band can grace occasional meetings, conferences, promotional events of goods and services, jubilee celebrations, official meetings, opening of new headquarters and institutions.
The concert performance of all dances (with sung breaks) takes about 2 hours. However, depending on the needs and preferences, we can dance (or sing) selected items from our repertoire.
For schools we have a special offer as part of the educational path "Dziedzictwo kulturowe w regionie" [Cultural heritage in the region], broadcasts entitled: "Polish national and regional dances" carried out in institutions. During the broadcast, students will get acquainted with the canon of Polish national and regional dances.
Payment for performances is agreed individually with the ordering party. The price depends on:
- the type of performance,
- participation of dancers or musicians.
All information about the performances is provided by the ensemble leader:
P: +48 502 722 426 or +48 42 661 62 45
Academic Song and Dance Ensemble "Kujon"
University of Lodz
ul. Narutowicza 65
P: +48 502 722 426 or +48 42 661 62 45