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If we look at the future of opera and ballet performance, the Hungarian State Opera is responsible not only for discovering new composers, works, singers, conductors, and ballet artists, but also for identifying the future masters of the neoclassical trend for the contemporary dance pieces that surface today. That is why the Opera and its corps de ballet, the Hungarian National Ballet, are presenting the choreographies that made it to the finals in the classical ballet scene competition announced in the autumn of 2021 (see: page 312). Of the various available stories, contestants can perform three, maximum 20-minute long performances in front of the professional jury and the audience. Both “audiences” will award one award each after giving a brief evaluation and counting the votes. That constitutes the second half of the night. In line with Dance Trend traditions, guest choreographers and guest corps de ballet will perform their works for the audience.


János Feledi - FELEDI PROJEKT / Béla Bartók
Six dance (part)

Choreographer: János Feledi
Composer: Béla Bartók
Performed by: Oláh Dezső Trio
Stage designer: Gábor Matisz / János Feledi




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


Kristóf Várnagy

Choreographer: Tímea Laza / Kristóf Várnagy
Libretto: Gábor Kripner
Lighting designer: Mátyás Csiszár


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.


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