Hungarian State Folk Ensemble: The Thousand Faces of the Southern Land
The Délvidék (the southern territories of the former Kingdom of Hungary) not only represents the unique national, historical and cultural diversity of the Carpathian Basin, but can also be considered as something of a curiosity among the many nations of Europe. Peoples have come and gone, they have settled and been driven away, and fate has not always been kind to this landscape, yet the down-to-earth people that live here have always remained good friends with their neighbours. This is reflected in a new production from the Hungarian State Folk Ensemble.
Water is a major dramatic theme in this production, encompassing the Tisza, Drava, Sava, Mureș, and Mur rivers and all the bubbling streams and rivers that flow in one direction to eventually unite in the River Danube. The rich symbolism of water - as the source of life, an instrument of purification and an element of rebirth - is something every culture makes its own. With this richness of content, throughout the performance - across changing time periods - we will enjoy a presentation of the specific dance and musical cultures of the individual regions. The stage design will conjure up a succession of continuously changing images, alongside animation, projections and shadow play. The original costumes will also form a vital part of the spectacle, displaying the regional differences of the different groups of peoples.
The première was a co-production of Müpa Budapest, Hungarian State Folk Ensemble - Hungarian Heritage House.
Presented by: Müpa Budapest
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the dancers and musicians of the Hungarian State Folk Ensemble
Béla Szerényi Jr.
DALINDA (from recordings)
Lajos Pál (from recordings)
Eszter Pál/Júlia Kubinyi
Pál István Szalonna
music curatorLászló Kelemen
costume adviserKocsis Enikő
set designerZsuzsa Molnár
lighting designerKornél Papp
artistic directorIstván Szalonna Pál
ensemble directorGábor Mihályi