English Table of Contents 2006/4
The 43rd Europeade Folk Dance Festival was held in Zamora, Spain, July 19-23, 2006. A gathering of groups representing every ethnic group residing in Europe – more than 3500 participants. For Sztanó Hédi who wrote this report, one of the most exciting moments was during the street ball on the last evening following the gala performance, when she found local Spaniards dancing in the street to music of 3 tarogato and one drum.
A five member delegation from South Korea visited Hungary in June 2006. They met with the organizers of Hungary’s Folkloriada which was held in August 2004. The 2012 World Folkloriada is to be held in South Korea and the delegation wanted to take note of Hungary’s very successfully organized event, the center of which was the City of Pécs. Report by Héra Éva
In July of 2006 the 24th meeting of the Ethnochoreology Research Group of ICTM (International Council for Traditional Music) was held in Kolozsvár (Cluj) in Transylvania, Romania. The meeting included presentations on recent research and was attended by some 90 dance researchers from America, Asia, Europe and the Middle East, with several presentations by Hungarian researchers. Next meeting to be held in 2008. Report by Csempesz Péter.
27th Kaláka Festival – sponsored by Hungary’s ‚favorite’ telephone company: T-Com – friends we have PAID for this festival: T-Com (and its predecessors) have the telephone monopoly in Hungary and are famous for still having amongst the highest telephone rates in Europe – so its a good thing that at least they sponsor this great music festival every year. Of course this year’s festival (July 6-9) was no exception – (the venue is unmatched: the castle ruins in Diósgyőr just outside of the city of Miskolc). Plans are already in the making for next year. By K. Tóth László
’Fekete-Piros...tánc’ Black/ Red Dance. Review of a dance performance seen at the new Palace of the Arts in Budapest. A co-production of the Budapest nd Honvéd (both professional folk dance) Ensembles performing selected choreographies from 1973-to the present. By Szávai József
Felföldi Levelek (Letters from Northern Hungary) This is the name of the Ifjú Szívek Dance Ensemble’s newest full length program. This professional group is based in Pozsony (Bratislava) in Slovakia; director Hegli Dusan. The new program includes dances from all ethnic groups of that region. A CD has also been released by the group with music from this new program. Recommendation by Árendás Péter
Petrás Mária (traditional singer, artist from one of the Hungarian villages in Moldávia) tells about the first meeting of the Csángó Organization in 1990, which was held in the Transylvanian town of Sepsiszentgyörgy (Sfîntu Gheorghe). She also tells about her first trip to Hungary. Excerpt from a new book Kóka Rozália is writing.
New publication – ’Csodaszarvas’ (Volume II.) – a selection of studies written over the past year. Includes bibliography and report on life work of Kallós Zoltán. Interviews with members of the Muzsikás Ensemble and their complete discography. In Hungarian (Molnár Press 2006). Announcement by contributing writer, Abkarovits Endre
6 poems by Brasnyó István from a volume entitled ’Sociographia’ – Forum Press, 1973. Újvidék (Novi Sad) in Northern Serbia; and 1 poem by Kenéz Ferenc – first time released here.
On the world of motifs in the traditional decorative folk arts and culture of the Kalotaszeg region of Transylvania. By Eplényi Anna
Győri Károly (1955-2006) We all mourn the recent death of the Vujcsics Ensemble’s fiddler. By Henics Tamás.
The Hungarian Heritage House is five years old An article by Sebő Ferenc printed in Népszabadság 2006 Aug 10. This cultural institution houses the Hungarian State Ensemble, traditional dance and music archives, library, centers for education in all areas of the folk arts; it is also a venue for related performances and events. It was formed as such five years ago as a natural outgrowth of previous institions, the dance house movement and developments in folk arts in Hungarian over the last 35 years. It is a state funded institution which is presently in danger of drastic budget cuts and possible imposed reorganization.
The Kertész Dance Ensemble is one of Budapest’s amateur folk dance groups. It was formed in 1972 and is still going strong today. It is sponsored by the Budapest Corvinus University, a horticultural university. On rehearsal nights some 180-200 university students can be found practicing in two groups – a training group and an advanced group. The Ensemble organizes trips and activities every month, they go to Transylvania several times a year to attend balls and other traditional events and holidays in various villages. Report by dancer, Eplényi Anna
“On the common roots of the Hungarian verbunk and Romanian calusari dances”. By Falvay Károly