Student Folk Ensemble MUGURELUL
Babes - Bolyai University in Cluj Napoca

Mugurelul, the student folk ensemble of the Babes - Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca was founded in 1969 by Prof. Ioan Uţiu, the first composition of the ensemble being exclusively made up of students from the Faculty of Physical Education. The choreography was signed by Prof. Ioan Uţiu and the orchestra, composed of students from the "Gheorghe Dima" Music Conservatory, was led by the acordeonist Gheorghe Muresan.

Starting with 1971, the folk ensemble begins to make itself noticed in student festivals; in 1974 the ensemble wins the Greatest Award of Student Art and Creation Festival, folklore section. Afterward, the ensemble had tens and hundreds of performances on the national and international stages.
As for all student ensembles, the youth is a guarantee of quality performances, proven by the successes of the over 40 tournaments on three continents, and by numerous diplomas and awards.

In the 42 years of existence, the ensemble had seven dance instructors and ten bandmasters. In the last 40 years, the ensemble of the University was led by Professor Alexandru Braşoveanu, the director. The present manager is Paul - Alexandru Remeş.

Now, the music is signed by Zamfir Dejeu, PhD in folklore. The dance coreography is signed by Alina and Paul Remeş. Also among the musicians we remind the violinists Dejeu Doru Zamfir, Doru Andrei Coman and Ştefan Ioanovici - a veteran of the ensemble, the accordionist Coman Alexandru, Ioan Cioban who plays the taragot, and the contrabassist Iacob Mazanec.

The dancers have over forty traditional dances in their repertory, which come from almost all folk areas of the country: Valea Drăganului, Valea Someşului, Transylvania Plane, Bihor, Oaş, Codru, Secaşelor Highland, Tîrnave, Făgăraş, Banat, Moldova, Oltenia, Maramureş and the instrumentalists can play an impressive number of songs from our folklore thesaurus. The exact interpretation of the famous Romanian dances (like they were initially danced by Romanian peasants) and of the songs played, comes directly from the folklore researches of Professor Zamfir Dejeu, senior researcher at the Institute "The Folklore Archive of the Romanian Academy" Cluj-Napoca, and proves the characteristics of the traditional Romanian creation. The most complex dances performed are the ones from Transylvania Plain (Tritenii de Jos - Cluj county: "Purtata", "Fecioreasca cu fată", "Târnăveana", "Cioarsa", "Învârtita în două laturi" and "Hărţag", and Fărău - Alba County: "Haidăul", "De purtat de pe Mureş", "Datul fetei pe sub mână", "De ponturi cu fată", "Mureşană", and "Hategană". The rhythms met in these folkloric zones are: binary, syncopated and asymmetrical producing a true polyrhythm on vertical and an unexpected polymetry on horizontal. The dances are performed on melodies interpreted by the classic Transylvanian Trio: violin, contrary and contrabass, and the dancers have a dialogue with shouts on various themes such as dancing. The moments of virtuosity consist of boys' dances. The boys are competing with each other during the dance, and in the end they invite the girls to dance, to the delight of the public. A so-called "artistic euphoria" takes place. The impressive chromatics of the costumes the dancers wear, embroided with all the colors of the universe, contributes to this coregraphic beauty.

All this constitutes a genuine ethnographic document that demonstrates the vitality of the Romanian people.