English Table of Contents 2005/4
Szentendre’s Village Museum announces the June 23, 2005 opening of new permanent exhibition: The Southern-Transdanubian region. This expansive village museum already has permanent exhibitions presenting authentic traditional architecture and interiors from four other regions of Hungary. All buildings have either been dismantled and then reconstructed on the grounds of the museum or are replicas of structures existing in their original locations. The new Southen Transdanubia exhibition includes 40 buildings, 45 other structures, and some 4500 original traditional household objects from 8 smaller regions within the area. More information: www.skanzen.hu
Use of authentic recordings of traditional song and instrumental music to supplement singing and music instruction and develop listening skills in elementary school. Farkas Annamária recommends use of authentic recordings of traditional music in the classroom, a list of her song teaching material and listening material is provided.
New CD – Folk Music from the Bodrogköz region (I live on the banks of the Tisza) Produced and released by the Cultural Center in Sárospatak, Hungary. Music collected in villages of the Bodrogköz region in northeastern Hungary, performed by the Szeredás, Morotva, Dűvő bands and Hunyádi Péter and friends. By Darmos István
Heritage Children’s Folk Arts Association – has reorganized. After January’s decision to recorganize, this organization held a general meeting on April 27th, 2005 to elect new officers and reaffirm the new structure. Regional committees had been formed prior to the meeting. President: Csasztvan András from Szarvas. Professional Vice President: Mrs. Kapási Matók Julia from Szekszárd. Regional Vice President: Szigetvári József from Százhalombatta. Special committees are: Education, Communication and Contact, Professional, Legal. See article in Hungarian for regional officers. Report by SzigetváriJózsef
The Szászcsávás Band played at the Saint Donát’s day Bikavér (Bulls Blood) wine festival in the town of Eger on July 8th, where the crowd was tough to draw in at first,butt he amazing music of this Transylvanian village Gypsy band ended up totally taking in and entrancing the crowd. Other bands to perform at the festival performed American music. The comment of the writer was: „what is this music doing at the Bulls Blood event? Don’t we have our own music, which is better than anything else?...What’s the point of this eternal worship of the foreign....?.” Report by Kóczián János
Ifjú Szívek is the name of a professional Hungarian dance ensemble based in Pozsony (aka Bratislava, Pressbourg) in Slovakia. Director of the ensemble is Hégli Dusán. This article critiques and applauds the work of the ensemble and a performance on May 16th, 2005 at a venue in Pozsony called the Astorka. The group works withaut hentic material focusing mainly on dances of the so-called „Felvidé” region (northern Hungarian language area, situated in Slovakia). The May 16th performance marked the 100th performance of that program – the ensemble travels continuously throughout Slovakia performing for school children. By Sebők Géza
Critique on Hungarian State Ensemble’s new full length program entitled „Pannon Freskó”. This is a mixed review of the new work. While there was praise for the work („successfully attained the goal of presenting the Pannon fresco.... the members of the ensemble have aside from folkdance an amazing and rich movement culture...” etc), the main criticism here was, „no matter how beautiful, almost perfect...” (the author of this article) „didn’t find the cathartic experience- that shine from which one can go home self-assured, re-charged, full of joy....”, which he attributed to the „lack of folkdance and (therefore) lack of life” in the performance. By Szász József
Moldvahon - Hungarian Moldavian Csángó Cultural Association. Bolya Mátyás reports on the history and activities of the association established in March of 2003, the goals of which center around support, preservation and study of the traditional culture of the Hungarian Csángó minority in Moldávia. For contact info, see article in Hungarian.
Part I. - Conversations on the pontozó of Magyarszentbenedek with Varga Zoltán (choreographer, dance teacher and director of an institution for artists teacher training) and Fügedi János, Ph. D. (dance notation expert, dance researcher at the Institute of Musicology at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences) – both were members of the jury at a men’s dance competition featuring this dance in April of 2005. These conversations bring out a wealth of information on this Transylvanian dance through discussion of specific aspects about those who performed this dance at the competition and the jury’s evaluation. Also brought out specific differences between this dance and the legényes, information about research done on this dance previously, etc. By Nagy Zoltán
Dr. Barsi Ernő celebrates 85th birthday – June 28th, 2005 Nationally reknown for his teaching, performance, research and publications, Dr. Barsi holds degrees in theology and music and a doctorate in ethnography. He was a student of Kodály Zoltán. „A humble, modest ambassador of Hungarian culture.” An event at the Hungarian Institute of Culture at Corvin tér in Budapest was held in his honor on June 10th, 2005.
9th Csűrdöngölő Children’s and Youth Folk Dance Festival – Spring Folk Dance Celebration - held in Csíkszereda’s main square on May 13, 2005. Children’s dance groups from some 40 Hungarian communities mainly in Székelyföld, Csík and Gyergyó regions of Transylvania performed. The event was heldin tandem with a folk crafts fair, the day before the Csíksomlyó Pentecost pilgrimage. The decision to hold the event on this date was deliberate - in the words of an organizer, „People from all over the world came for the Whitsuntide pilgrimage. Thus people attended the event that hadnever seen anything like it... it was entertaining, interesting and gave the news that our people living at home here (in Transylvania) are both busy and active.” At some point during the performances, the entire audience in the square spontaneously began to dance. Report Nyulas Ferenc