Romanian dance troupe to perform March 14 at OSU


CORVALLIS - The Ensemble of Somesul-Napoca, a touring group from Transylvania, will present an evening of Romanian folk dance and music on March 14 at Oregon State University.

The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Women's Building on the OSU campus. Tickets, available at the door and at Rice's Pharmacy, are priced at $5 for adults and $3 for seniors. Family tickets are available for $10 (up to five people).

The ensemble is on a month-long tour of the western United States. Featuring 16 dancers and 12 musicians, the group has toured throughout Europe and North America since 1974. It has won numerous awards for its shows, which featured a rich and diverse presentation of Romanian folk traditions.

"The aim of the ensemble's activity is the preservation and cultivation of the rich folk traditions all over Romania, and particularly Transylvania," said Cathy Dark, an instructor of dance with OSU's College of Health and Human Performance. "The ensemble presents only genuine folk songs and dances."

The group's unusual instrumentation includes violin with bugle, taragot, fluier, tympanon, daireaua, and small bells.

The performance is sponsored by OSU's Department of Exercise and Sports Science and the Corvallis Parks and Recreation Hoolyeh Folkdancers.