Ballet evening in two parts
Six Dances (excerpt)
The performance is a reflection on the Romanian Folk Dances by Béla Bartók, an adaptation to the piano of his piano work composed in 1915 for drum, piano and bass. It depicts the scenes of rural life and tells the audience about our daily life. It shows changes in the relationships of the members of a community as the audience sees them unfold, the various feelings and situations. Whether it is a ball, or the dance of a lonely man, a pas de deux involving coquetry or flirtation, we drift farther and farther from each other in this virtual world. Our communities have also changed, and most of all, they do not put humans in the centre. However, we are looking for a community spirit based on human relationships. Contradictory features of the performance like expressionism seeking the boundaries of human existence, irony, as well as deliberate simplicity and musical complexity based on counterpoint - all seem to get on well together.
Sponsors: Nemzeti Kulturális Alap, Nemzeti Táncszínház
Production partner: Pro Progressione
Featuring dancers Brigitta Tóth, Brigitta Hortobányi, Luca Hoffmann, Zsófia Safranka-Peti, Benjamin Taba/Tamás Csizmadia, Csaba Mátyás Nagy, János Feledi
Showcase - Present
The performance is part of the Showcase project supported by the National Cultural Fund of Hungary.
Where does dance become a real expression of itself, where it can break away from expectations and formal conformity? Where is the point where the body can honestly connect with instinct? Where does the influence of the mind over intuition begin? This performance is a journey into what it means to truly live in the moment, to reflect with heightened senses and sensitivity on the world around and within us.
It seeks to explore and contrast extremes and to draw parallels between them through bodily limitations and qualitative variations. Curiosity appears as a primary creative tool.
Just as the dancer can make use of the possibility of free association, the viewer is also encouraged to initiate the same process; to create the possibility for the recipient to interpret freely, to abandon the logic of inference and to experience the primacy of senses and emotions.
Support: National Cultural Fund of Hungary
“Often in my own choreographies I have actively conspired to disrupt the spaces in which the body performs,” says Wayne McGregor, and this is true of this dance piece of his that examines the dramatic possibilities of the human body and how it is capable of communicating extreme thoughts and emotions. Fusing with and augmenting Joby Talbot’s original arrangements of music from the American rock band The White Stripes is a spare and minimalist set designed by architect John Pawson. Since its 2006 London premiere, Chroma has been adopted by major European and American ballet companies. In the 2021/22 season, it also becomes part of the Hungarian National Ballet’s repertoire.
"Minimalism and anarchy, chaos and classicism."
Commissioned by the the Royal Ballet. Chroma was first performed by the RoyalBallet at the Royal Opera House, London on 17 November 2006.