English Table of Contents 2006/3
Announcing: Traditional music training – from fall 2007- a new department at the Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest The establishment of this department at the Liszt Academy of Music marks a historical moment for Hungarian folk music! Wellknown and respected Hungarian musicians, teachers, ethnomusicologists (see list of names in paragraph 6 of Hungarian article) will be teaching in the new program. Study in this department at the Academy will be open to both Hungarians and foreigners under the same conditions as for the other departments at the Liszt Academy. Interview with Batta András, Rector- Liszt Academy of Music. K. Tóth László.
Announcement of web page on the traditional dance, music and games of the Bodrogköz region of northeastern Hungary, southeastern Slovakia. Establishment of this web page was supported by the Hungarian Ministry of Cultural Heritage. www.bodrogkoz.hu . By Darmos István
10th International Legényes Competition – honoring the memory of Martin György. Held every April at the Budapest Cultural Center („BMK”), this year the men’s dance to be performed by contestants was the sűrű tempó from Szék, Transylvania. 17 dancers arriving from all over the Hungarian language area competed and were judged by a jury of dance experts. 6 dancers were given awards. First prize went to Galát Péter- a dancer in the Hungarian State Ensemble. Report by the organizers: Bartók Dance Ensemble and the Budapest Cultural Center
22nd Zala Folk Dance Festival Held every spring; this year more authentic choreographies were presented, but there were also ’dance theatre provocations’ well worth mention. More than 11 groups are listed here that performed choreographies awarded by the jury. In the authentic category, first prize went to a choreography by young dancers from the Hungarian State Ensemble, entitled „Emlékek a végekről” [Memories of the end]. In the dance theatre category, a choreography by Juhász Zsolt entitled „Metszet” [segment, cross-section] won first prize. Report by Kutszegi Csaba
Csángó Festival 2006 To be held in two locations in Hungary: August 2-3, 2006 – Öcs, Western Hungary August 4-5, 2006 – 16th Csángó Festival in Jászberény. Benefit performances by Hungarian traditional dancers, singers and musicians from Moldavia and Transylvania’s Gyimes region - to aid Hungarian Csángó students studying at the Szent Erzsébet Lyceum in Gyimesfelsőlok, Romania. Announcement by Kocsán László
Measuring the Sheep’s Milk in Méra. Csernók Gabriella Éva writes her report on this traditional spring event which happens at Saint George’s Day every year in this village in Transylvania’s Kalotaszeg region. It is the celebration marking of the first time the sheep are let out to pasture in the spring, the measuring of the first milking afterwards and establishment of the economic parameters for the summer sheep milking season. There are age old rituals involved, music and a ball. Young Hungarians from Hungary often travel to Méra for this event.
The research work of Kaposi Edit. Kaposi Edit [was] one of the most many sided and prolific members of the generation of dance researchers from the period after World War II. Her interests, research work, and writings included folk dance, dance history and every branch of related dance research, dance education, dance criticism, stage and competitive ballroom dance....bearing witness to this are more than 300 of her writings of various types – books, studies, reports, informational articles, critiques, book reviews, interviews.... One of her most well-known works was a book published in 1999: [’The dances and dance life of the Bodrogköz region 1946-1948’]. Felföldi Laszló
Conversation with Székely Levente. Born in Kolozsvár, Transylvania. Studied music in high school and university in Kolozsvár (Cluj). First began playing village music of Szék with classmates in 1975, which led to playing fiddle in dance house bands in Transylvania ’til 1982. Married dancer from Hungary, Sztanó Hédi in 1981. Emmigrated to Hungary in 1982. Played fiddle with Sebő Ensemble, the Hungarian State Ensemble, then with Kalamajka Ensemble in Budapest until 1991, while working as translator, interpreter, journalist. In 1991, he took a job in Bucharest working for the Hungarian Ambassador. Finished his masters degree in 1998 in Boston. In 1999, he and his family went to New York – he took a post with the Hungarian mission at the U.N. In 2004 he returned to Hungary where he still works for the Foreign Ministry. In March he released a new recording of his favorite music; the traditional music of Nagysajó, a village in Transylvania. Interview by Abkarovits Endre
Theory of opposite movements in the creation of dance motifs in Hungarian folk dances. Fügedi János examines the sequence of movements and appearance of opposing movements/or gestures in dance motifs of selected traditional dances, as an exercise in analyzing the structure of improvised dances. Such analyzation could give information on learning to better reconstruct and improvise these dances while also providing information on how new motifs could be created that would fit in with the dance tradition. Visual aids – that is, the dance examples referred to in this scientific article, can be viewed on the internet in two places; either in the archive of the FolkMAGazin’s home page, by searching this article, or - on the server of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences Institute of Musicology at www.zti.hu/tanc/ellentet.