Three one-act dance pieces in three parts
The Miraculous Mandarin, The Wooden Prince, Dance Suite
The works of Béla Bartók are impossible to miss from the repertoire of the ballet company, the orchestra, and the OPERA. The world premiere of The Wooden Prince more than a century ago was an undeniable milestone in the history of the Hungarian State Opera. The ballet reminiscent of fairy tales was reimagined for stage by László Velekei in spring 2023. The new productions of The Miraculous Mandarin evoking the bustle of a big city and Dance Suite inspired by folklore now make the triple bill Bartók DanceTriptych complete, the former staged by Marianna Venekei, the latter by Kristóf Várnagy.
THE MIRACUOLUS MANDARIN (Premiere)
THE WOODEN PRINCE
This production is part of the Bartók Dancetriptych triple bill which is available at the following link
“There is no date in the half-a-century history of our Opera House as important as the premier day of Béla Bartók’s first pantomime ballet The Wooden Prince on 12 May 1917. It was the first time that the Hungarian spirit, the genius of Vörösmarty, Petőfi and Ady’s nation was expressed in its true greatness and absolute authenticity in the music played in the Hungarian opera”, writes musicologist Aladár Tóth, who later became the director of the OPERA. The piece that has been part of the repertoire almost constantly in the 105 years passed since its original premier has been staged by several renowned choreographers. This mixture of a fairytale-like world of a forest and the realistically deep and human struggles of men and women, is brought to life in the 2022/23 season by László Velekei, ballet director of Győr Ballet.
DANCE SUITE (Premiere)
"A key element to the success of this programme was the contribution of the Hungarian State Opera Orchestra (...). From the Mandarin’s spiky modernism, to the more lush harmonies of The Wooden Prince to the joyous folk-inspired sounds in Dance Suite, the musicians contributed a wealth of experience in this repertoire that would be hard to be matched anywhere else."
Gianmarco Segato, Bachtrack