English Table of Contents 2012/3
Conversation with singer Herczku Ágnes. Upon release of her second solo record, Tüzek viszek, Ági talks about her work, her career, the meaning of folk music in her life and modern life. “...Hungarian folk music fundamentally changed my life and my perceptions and that’s why I am involved and work with it. But at the same time, I have to accept the fact that it leaves some people totally cold...” By Rónai András – appeared at quart.hu on Februrary 24, 2012.
Two folk tales: Kóka Rozália’s children’s column. The Happy Man’s Shirt – A tale from Somogy County. And a gypsy folk tale collected by Vekerdi József.
New CD: Arany János daloskönyve [Arany János’ Songbook]. From the poet’s collection of songs. Dsupin Pál: voice, flutes, bagpipe, etc.; Csergő-Herczeg László: voice, guitar, hurdy-gurdy; Tinódi Public School Chorus – Eger. Produced and released by Dsupin Pál, 2012.
Hortobágyi Gyöngyvér’s account of her own life as a professional folk dancer in Hungary starting in the early years of the dance house movement, through the various changes Hungary has seen from the 1970s to the present. Gyöngyvér is now head of the department of folk dance at the Hungarian Academy of Dance, the same place where she completed her dance studies in 1979. She danced in the State Folk Dance Ensemble for 10 years, then worked at the Hungarian Institute of Culture organizing courses for folk dance teachers, also taught college courses for primary school teachers on teaching folk dance, and directed an amateur dance ensemble. The next phase of her career was working as assistant to Novák Ferenc, director of the professional folk dance theatre the Honvéd Ensemble. Coming full circle, she is now back at the Dance Academy. By Grozdits Károly.
Part II – the story of Bogdán Klára’s life – a Hungarian woman born in the village of Magyarfalu (Arini) in Moldavia in 1949. As told to Kóka Rozália – part of her series on the lives of Hungarian women.
Orbán Balázs: (1830-1890) writer, ethnographer, baron from the Székely village of Lengyelfalva (Poloniţa) in Transylvania. In celebration the 140th anniversary of this revered Hungarian’s election to the Hungarian House of Parliament and 125th anniversary of when he became member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, on April 28th, 2012 a plaque in his honour was unveiled at the Calvinist Church in Budapest’s Kálvin square. Following the unveiling, lectures were given in the church remembering his life and work. Excerpts of the lectures are printed here. By Balázsi László.
Report on the 2012 Spring gala program of the Muharay Elemér Folkarts Association held on March 17 at the MOM Cultural Center in Budapest, featuring tradition preserving dance groups from communities in Western Hungary. By Antal László.
Hungarian folk kitchen: Edible roots, greens, nuts, mushrooms, fruits found in Hungarian forests and meadowlands. Some of the edible things found in the forest are common in Hungarian cuisine today: various wild mushrooms, chestnuts, sorrel and other greens. Other things mentioned here are more obscure and were eaten by shepherds or others whose traditional occupations caused them to spend considerable time in the wilds. Recipes are for wild pear soup and fruit vinegar. By Juhász Katalin.
Part I – A discussion of the various artistic directions of the Hungarian folk dance movement. Begins with some background on folk movements that led to the 1970s, then discusses the “pure source”, and differentiates between folk dance choreographies that stress authentic presentation of folk dance and choreographies that use folk dance as a basis but (for example) use other creative ideas to tell a story. An essay written by choreographer Novák Ferenc in 1979.
A report on the 25th Zala Folk Dance Festival for small, so-called “chamber”, dance groups. First prize for authentic choregraphy went to Varga János for his Gyimesbükk Dances danced by the Zalai Dance Ensemble. First prize for a folk dance theatre choreography went to Mr and Mrs Dudás Dániel for their piece danced by the Jászság Folk Dance Ensemble. Report by Kutszegi Csaba.
Traditional Dances of Hungary’s Békés County. Research and collection work on the dance culture of Békés County began after WW II. A new wave of collection work and research is underway. Dances were documented on film in various communities in the region between 1948 and 1957. Present research is aimed towards publication of a monograph on the dances and popularizing local dances in schools in the region. The project is supported by the National Cultural Fund, Békés County and the Békés County Folk Dancers Association. Report by Mahovics Tamás (includes list of sources).
Beliefs and Superstitions of Szék (Sic), Transylvania. Another selection from the writings of Kocsis Rózsi (born in Szék 1932/died 1999), published by Juhos Kiss Sándor, Juhos-Kiss János.