The Astrakhan State Song and Dance Ensemble were established in January 2008. They were founded by the innovation of the Governor of the Astrakhan Region, A.A. Zhilkina. The ensemble’s repertoire includes Russian and Cossack folk songs, songs originating in the Astrakhan region, national dance songs of the region and songs of the war years.
The ensemble have previous prepared concerts and performances including “Victory Day”, “Best-women”, “Astrakhan multinational”, “Queen of Russian song,” (in memory of Lyudmila Zykina), “There is the Russian state,” “Winter-Enchantress!” and “I do not remember all the gifts of Russia” for the 200th anniversary of Russia’s victory in the Patriotic War of 1812.
The ensemble consists of young, talented singers, dancers and musicians. There is a chorus of 30 people, the dancing group consists of 28 people and the orchestra is made up of 12 people. The average age of artists is just 25 years.
The company enjoys collaborating with other talented artists. They have previous collaborated with choreographers from Kazan and choirmasters in Moscow and other large towns and cities in the Russian Federation. These composers have created songs especially for the ensemble.
Since Autumn 2008, the company has maintained an active touring schedule. They represent the Astrakhan region at festivals and cities throughout the Russian State. This includes the concert dedicated to the 400th anniversary of the Voluntary Entering of Kalmyk People into the Russian State. The company has put on successful performances in the cities of Moscow (Kremlin), Kiev (Ukraine) Tambov, Rostov, Stavropol and others.
The ensemble enjoys touring foreign cities too. They have performed at the International Festival “Days of Russian Culture” in Greece” and the International festival of folk music of the European Broadcasting Union in Cologne, Germany where the ensemble represented Russia. They have also toured Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan. In the future the ensemble would like to tour further afield, in other foreign cities and towns.