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HSFE - MÁNE

Music by: HERCZKU Ágnes, KELEMEN László, PÁL István, RADICS Ferenc, SEBŐ Ferenc
Choreographers: ÁGFALVI György, KÖKÉNY Richárd, MIHÁLYI Gábor, SZAPPANOS Tamás
Costumes: FURIK Rita
Lights / Stage Design: KOVÁCS Gerzson Péter
Director / Chief Choreographer: MIHÁLYI Gábor
Band Leaders: PÁL István, RADICS Ferenc
Dance Instructor: KÖKÉNY Richárd
Assistants: BORBÉLY Beatrix, JÁVOR Katalin, VARGA Péter
Artistic Director: MIHÁLYI Gábor
After their outstanding tour in 2007, the Hungarian State Folk Ensemble returns to North America this fall with the “Hungarian Rhapsody – America” show. “Hungarian Concerto” 6 years ago attracted over ninety thousand people. Their brand new performace will be performed more than seventy times all over the U.S. and Canada.
Hungarian State Folk Ensemble
The Hungarian State Folk Ensemble was founded in 1951 with the purpose of collecting, preserving and presenting the treasures of Hungarian folklore. The HSFE presents all folk-related Hungarian genres on stage: historic music, authentic folk music and dance, dramatic folk plays, as well as traditional world music, show-dancing and the elements of contemporary dancehouse traditions. Its variegated repertoire has made the Hungarian State Folk Ensemble one of the most widely performing ensembles in the world. During the six decades of their existence, the ensemble has performed in 50 countries of four continents, entertaining more than  8 million people. In their hometown the Hungarian State Folk Ensemble performs about 100-120 times a year, besides being a frequent guest of theatres all over the Carpathian basin. Hungarian folklore appeared on-stage adaptations only about half a century ago. Apart from the authentic and educational presentation of dances, there has always been a renewing wish for the establishment of an independent dance theatre within the Hungarian State Folk Ensemble. However, when the real revival of folk dance on stage came about in the beginning of the 1970's, professional folk dance ensembles started to include authentic themes in their repertoire. Transformation and substitution of original dance figures with more „stagelike" movements was no longer a guiding principle, and for long, the precise reproduction of authentic dances was held to be the right interpretation. In the last decade though, the Hungarian State Folk Ensemble, performing various themes, has managed to transcend this idea. In today's Hungarian State Folk Ensemble erformances, folk dance tradition appears from various aspects; it is either the theme or just the communicative means by which the theme manifests itself. Folklore has proven to be creative and vivid enough to become a bright color on the palette of contemporary arts.
The Hungarian State Folk Ensemble's repertoire features authentic performances as well as contemporary ones. The traditional performances give a truthful presentation of the historical relations in traditional life, while the dance-theatre shows use folklore as a language to communicate a new message.
The “Hungarian Rhapsody – America” show
Rooted in and inspired by tradition, “Hungarian Rhapsody – America” is a unique dance rhapsody displaying the most characteristic features of the genre. The genre of rhapsody is best characterized by a state of constant bewilderment, a passionate oscillation of sentiments and thoughts, and freedom of expression. The dynamic variation of scenes illustrates the diversity of Hungarian rural culture including men’s acrobatic solo dances, woman’s lyrical round dances, and virtuoso couple dances. Dances are accompanied with the most beautiful tunes of Hungarian folk culture, which are also presented in the form of breathtaking solos and captivating instrumental intermezzos. 
Apart from the archaic layers of Hungarian folk music, “Hungarian Rhapsody – America” also concentrates on csárdás and verbunkos music dating back to the 19th century. These two characteristics and unmistakable new genres were powerful enough to inspire several Hungarian and foreign composers including Brahms, Berlioz, or Franz Liszt. Coupled with a consequent variation of spatial arrangements, dynamic, monumental, lyrical, and gloomy parts constitute an organic unity with music and scenery. Following the best examples of the genre, choreographies display a huge variety of temperament. Taken from the folklore of the Carpathian Basin, the material of dance scenes are selected, arranged and trimmed according to the ruthless rules of theatric representation, which in turn provides scenes with an intellectual and emotional overtone. Artists of “Hungarian Rhapsody – America” are following the steps of their great predecessors, professing that the "treasure kept on sheets, records and in museums' storerooms is dead if it no longer fulfills its mission of keeping tradition alive”. Apart from being an artistic experience featuring virtuoso spectacles, touching lyric parts and an emotionally moving musical richness, this production respects folk music and dance tradition while seeing and seeking new perspectives in it, and views tradition as a possible contemporary means of expressing emotions and thoughts as well as individual and collective identity. The message of this performance may help prevent “contemporary men” from becoming rootless survivors, deprived of their emotions and tradition, forced into exile on the barren island of the 21st century.
Tour 2013
The tour begins on 15 September 2013 during which the company of 30 dancers, 6 musicians and a vocalist will be performing more than 70 shows in North American cities from New York to San Francisco, and from Toronto to Miami. The company will return home on 17 December, 2013.


 

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