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BNTU Art Groups

The BNTU offers excellent opportunities for realizing the students' potential in music, theater, dancing, and creative writing. The Center for History and Culture running numerous art groups shares the University's dedication to serve the students who wish to enrich and broaden their world outlook through cultural activities. Such a stand contributes to training creative member of society.

Any BNTU student can find something to his or her liking among the University art groups. Those interested in instrumental music can enroll in:

People’s Orchestra of Folk Instruments (led by Romuald Ya. Paramon, Honored Art Worker of the Republic of Belarus), the oldest musical group of the University established in 1945. The Orchestra enjoys excellent reputation proven by numerous awards at national and international festivals:

  • 2012 – 1st prize at the International Festival “Together”, Brest;
  • 2013 – Grand-Prix at the International Festival “Slavic Meetings”;
  • 2014 – 3rd prize at the National Student Contest “Art Vacations”.

 

People's Wind Orchestra (Art-Director: Pavel L. Krivokhizha) successfully participating in numerous contests and festivals:

  • 2012 – the Best Creative Group Award at Minsk Savyetski District Contest “Leader-2011”;

In 2014 the Orchestra has celebrated its 65th anniversary.

People’s Violin Ensemble (Art-Director: Olga A. Krivokhizha), the only group of the kind among Belarusian technical HEIs art groups. The concert geography of the Ensemble spreads all over the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and beyond: Yerevan, Riga, Chisinau, Saint-Petersburg, etc. The Orchestra has won awards at various festivals:

  • 2013 – 1st prize at the City Folk Festival “Constellation”;
  • 2014 – 3rd prize at the National Student Festival “Art-Vacations”.

 

The students who have passion for singing can develop their talents enrolling in numerous vocal groups singing a wide variety of musical styles from spiritual music to the 21st century pop.

 

People’s Choir (Art-director: Elena A. Isaykina) established in 1976 as an academic choir now dedicates itself to singing sacred music. The choir participates in thematic events winning numerous awards:

  • 2011 – 1st place at the I National Choir Contest “Echo”

2nd place at the VI Interregional Choir Contest “In All Sincerity”;

Best Conductor and Best Interpretation of a Classical Composition Awards at the International Student Choir Forum “Paparats-Kvetka” (Fern Flower);

  • 2012 – Award for Spreading Values of Modern Belarusian Choir Music at the International Student Choir Forum “Paparats-Kvetka”;
  • Diploma at the XXXI International Sacred Music Festival “Hajnówka-2012”;
  • 2013 – Laureate of the International Television Choir Contest “Horoshow”.

 

Folk Song Ensemble “Kakhanachka” (Beloved) (Art-Director: Irina S. Yermolik) transmitting the beauty and authenticity of Belarusian folk music. Apart from traditional Belarusian songs, the Ensemble performs folk songs in modern arrangements. The Ensemble has participated in various events in Belarus, Russia, and Turkey winning a number of prestigious awards:

  • 2011 – 2nd prize at the Open Arts Festival “Honoring Belaya Rus”;
  • 2012 – Ensemble Soloist won the 2nd prize at the Open Song Contest “Crystal Tuning Fork”;
  • 2013 – 3rd prize at the National Contest “Star Rose in Belarusian Sky”;
  • 2014 – Ensemble Soloists won the 2nd Prize at the Open Song Contest “Crystal Tuning Fork”.

 

Variety Studio “Vlyublennaya Dusha” (Loving Soul) led by Natalia A. Penyaz , Deputy Director of BNTU Center for History and Culture) is a group enjoying immense popularity among the students. The Studio welcomes young people who love music and wish to share their love with the audience. The Studio is a many times winner of national and international contests:

  • 2012 – the Studio’s soloist Alexander Bobrikovich won the 1st prize at the international Festival “Together”;
  • 2013 – Alexander Bobrikovich has won the 1st prize at the II International Children and Youth Arts Forum “Star Show-2013”;
  • 2014 – Studio’s Soloist Ekaterina Makarevich has reached the final of the Belarusian television project “Talent Academy”.

 

Those who have an itch to dance can master their skills in the BNTU dance groups and studios:

Dance Ensemble “Druzhba” (Friendship) (led by Irina Yu. Tokareva and Alexander N. Lisitsky) creates a colorful tapestry mixing traditional, ballroom, variety, and contemporary dance. The ensemble always delights their audience and wins awards in various festivals:

  • 2010 – 1st prize in the II International Folk and Oriental Dance Student Festival;
  • 2011 – 1st prize in the International Student Festival “Together”.

In 2012 the Ensemble celebrated its 60th anniversary with a superbly staged world folk dance concert.

Dancesport Studio “Tango” currently led by Svetlana E. Yartseva was established in 2009 by Pavel Yartsev and Marina Baslyk, winners of the National Championship in Sportdance. The Studio is a BNTU affiliate of Tango Club, one of the leading dancesport clubs of the Republic of Belarus.

The Studio holds several dance events, such as “Gold of the Capital” and “Christmas Ball”.

Tango Studio is renowned for its performing excellence which is proved by numerous awards at various festivals:

2012 – 3rd prize at the National Student Arts Contest “Art Vacations”;

1st prize at the National Dancesport Contest “Dance Boom-2012” in the category “Mass Dancesport”;

2013 - 3rd place at the International Dancesport Contest “Gold of the Capital”;

2014 – Darya Prokopenko and Matvey Smirnov became Minsk Champions in Dancesport.

Contemporary Dance Studio “Talan” led by Ksenia M. Chelei offers friendly social environment for exploring an electric range of contemporary dance. The Studio aims at developing artistic taste in students as well as providing them with quality leisure. The Studio creatively combines traditional Belarusian music in modern arrangements and contemporary dance. The Studio's work was recognized at numerous festivals:

  • 2011 – 1st prize at the International Open Youth Festival “Honoring Belaya Rus”;
  • 2014 – 2nd prize at the National Dance Contest “Dance Power”

Best Choreography Award at the III International Children and Youth Arts Forum “Star Show-2014”

 

Dance TheatreAltana” led by Anna Korzik, the BNTU Architectural Faculty student, is the youngest BNTU art group. Nevertheless, Altana has already won a good reputation at certain festivals:

  • 2014 – 1st prize at the III International University Contemporary Dance Festival “Step Forward”.

The students fascinated by the theatre can go for it enrolling in the troupes of the BNTU theatres:

People’s Theatre-Studio “KoLlizey” led by Victor G. Galynsky was founded in 1973 at the BNTU Architectural Faculty. Each KoLlizey’s performance is a cultural expression and a reflection of the students’ aspirations. KoLlizey has successfully performed at various events and festivals for almost 30 years:

  • 2010 – 2nd prize at the International Student Festival “Together”, Bryansk, Russia;
  • 2011 – Best Pantomime and Best Actress Awards at the International Festival “Students’ Jokes”, Zaporozhye, Ukraine;
  • 2012 – 3rd prize and Best Actor Award at the International Student Festival “Vibrant Show+” (Bryansk, Russia);
  • 2013 – 3rd prize at the Minsk Arts Festival “Constellation”.


People’s Theatre “SaTrAP” led by Valentina V. Kastaltseva was founded in 1975. SaTrAP has staged a number of productions ranging from classical plays known to any theater-goer to outstanding contemporary works. The Theater has participated in a number of festivals:

  • 2010 – Best Actor and Best Director Awards at the International Student Theater Festival “The Earth for People”, Volgograd, Russia;
  • 2011 – Grand Prix and Best Actor Award at the International Youth Theater Festival “Footlights”, Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine;
  • 2012 – Best Actor, Best Actress and King of Episode Awards at the International Youth Theater Festival “Footlights”, Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine;
  • 2013 - 3rd prize at the VI International Amateur Theater Festival “Theatre Begins…”, St.-Petersburg, Russia.

SaTrAP participates in charity events held at orphanages, hospitals, nursing homes, etc.

The students keen on literature can sharpen their creative writing skills enrolling in Literary Association “Polystikh” led by Andrei K. Tyavlovsky, Member of the Union of Writers of the Republic of Belarus, PhD in Engineering, Associate Professor of the BNTU Department “Information and Measuring Technology” (Instrumentation Engineering Faculty).

The BNTU art groups are always invited to perform at University, district, and city events as well as the concerts dedicated to National Holidays.