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      November 9, 2008

      Sunday   7:00 PM

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      Budapest, Budapest H-1091

      Budapest Metropolitan Bartók Dance Ensemble turns 50

      50th Anniversary Gala of the famous Bartók Dance Ensemble.

      Founding artistic director (1958–1981): Sándor Tímár
      Artistic directors:
      1981–1990: Zoltán Varga
      1990–1993: Szilárd Szabó, Ildikó Németh
      1993–2001: Zoltán József Nagy, Ágnes Balogh
      2001–2006: László Gyebnár, Beáta Dobos
      2006–: Tamás Szappanos, Irén Deffend
      “The Bartók Dance Ensemble was founded in 1958, as a result of one of the indisputably great figures of Hungarian folk dance, Sándor Tímár. Thanks to the tremendous work of folklore researchers György Martin, Zoltán Kallós, Ferenc Pesovár, Ágoston Lányi, Bertalan Andrásfalvy, Jolán Borbély and others, one of the world’s unique scholarly archives was created. They were inspired by Bartók’s work of recording and notating Hungarian folksongs and instrumental music to do the same for peasant dance culture which was even then still a living tradition. These recordings and Sándor Tímár’s own collections represent the “source”: a pure source. A very Bartókian thought.
      »How is it possible to create and give back the atmosphere and mood experienced in villages? Just as the mother teaches her child to speak. Sounds, words, sentences. Anyone who speaks the language of dance can express themselves, then communicate something«, said Sándor Timár. One of the fundamental values is the teaching method that he devised. It is modern even today and can be used with all age groups. His choreography Dances from Szék was created in the early seventies and this backs up his conceptions. He broke with the hitherto Soviet style concept of creator. Dance should not be just a device for telling a story or a uniformly performed “review.” Authentic DANCE is placed in the centre. The dancer is the individual who speaks the languages: he improvises, recreates, communicates something.
      The importance of the Bartók Dance Ensemble – as a spiritual creative workshop – and its role in launching the dance house movement, was crucial. Many other professional and amateur ensembles were influenced to change their understanding of what dance is.”

      The event will be packed with the greatest names of Hungarian folk music.

      Andrea Gerak was a dancer in this group and this evening she will put on her dancing shoes.

      Cost: Payment required - 600.- 1500.- 2200.- HUF

      Categories: Performing Arts

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