English Table of Contents 2005/3
Critique – 2005 Dance House Festival. Szász József’s comments centered around the overbearing presence of the Sport Arena’s security guards and a general lack of warmth in those attending, performing and organizing.
Next to the town of Csíkszereda (Miercurea Ciuc) in Transylvania there is a Catholic church in a place called Csíksomlyó. Hungarian Székely and Csángó people traditionally make a pilgrimage to this church at Pentecost. 2005 marked the 438th pilgrimage – a religious event attended by tens of thousands of Hungarians. This year a group of celebrated guests travelled onward from Csíksomlyó to the Hungarian Csángó village of Rekecsin in Moldavia (Romania) for a ceremony laying the first foundation stone of a Hungarian school to be built there. In this area of Romania there have been very strong efforts towards assimilation of the Csángó Hungarians into Romanian society. Hungarian schools have been prohibited for many, many years. Now finally with Romania on the threshold of the European Union, they are obliged to show deference to minorities in their country and a Hungarian school can be built. By Kóka Rozália
15th Csángó and Hungarian Minorities Festival. 2005 Aug. 4-9. Jászberény. Invited guests include traditional musicians and dancers from: 3 Hungarian Moldavian villages, 3 villages in Gyimes, 3 Csík villages, 5 other Transylvanian villages (and more). Festival is as usual preceeded by the International Dance and Music Camp (this year’s is the 24th annual). Jul. 30th – Aug. 6th. Announcement: Kocsán László
Kallós Zoltán – dr. Martin György: (Gyimes Csángó dances and dance life). Printed here is an introduction to this publication which also includes audio recordings of traditional musicians from 1962-1990. 35 kinds of dance events and 30 different dances are known from this region. D’sing Kft. 2000. Szentendre, Hungary.
Vujcsics Ensemble- specializing in traditional music of various Southern Slav ethnic groups - celebrated their 30th birthday in April in a 3 hour concert to a full house at Budapest’s new National Concert Hall. Reknowned musicians in the Hungarian dance house movement along with the Söndörgő Ensemble – a young band made up largely of the Vujcsics Ensemble’s offspring - were invited to share the stage for this event. A sentimental and symbolic gesture during the performance was presentation of a flute once owned by Vujcsics himself, to the youngest member of the Söndörgő Ensemble. Report by Tóth Ferenc ’Vuk’
New Publication: Wagner Péter: "Feneketlen a múltnak kútja..." (The unfathomable well of the past) Documentation of traditional architecture of the village of Szék – photographs and survey drawings done in the beginning of the 1970’s by architect Wagner Péter (during his student years). The life and culture of this village has changed enough over the past 30 some years, that most of the traditional homes in this book are no longer standing. Europrint Kiadó, Nagyvárad (Oradea, Romania) 2005. Announcements: Wagner Péter
Kricskovics Antal – choreographer, dancer. Born in 1929 near the village of Gara in the area of northern former Yugoslavia known as "Bácska". He danced professionally with the SZOT, LADO Ensembles, became director of Central Yugoslav Ensemble, danced in the Építők Ensemble, was director of the Budapest Ensemble 1976-1989 and is still active with the Fáklya Ensemble. He did field collection work the length of Hungary’s southern border with Vujicsics Tihamér. "Perhaps the most important thing is to love the culture, its people, and the region of the dance you are involved in. Get to know the people and their customs personally by eating, drinking and sleeping with them." Interview by Paluch Norbert
Textile Exhibit Exhibition of Ardai Ildikó’s work will open on July 7th, 2005 at the Herman Ottó Museum in Miskolc. Ildikó graduated from the Hungarian College of Arts and Crafts in Budapest in 1968 with specialization in weaving. She has studied in Finland and has done extensive field research on the rug weaving of the Csík, Kászon and Gyimes areas in Transylvania. All of her work is and has been influenced by Hungarian traditional weaving. The exhibition will be open until September 2005. Report by K. Tóth László
Interview – Irish musician Andy Irvine. Irvine has been playing music since the 1960’s in famous Irish bands such as Planxty, Patrick Street, Mosaic and others. Here is discussion and comparison of the Irish traditional music scene and revival movement and the Hungarian authentic peasant music and dance house revival movement. "Tradition is the kind of thing that must change...if no one writes anything new...it’ll become a museum object. This may sound sad, but tradition must be fed, it must be carried forward. And hopefully the musicians have enough good taste to keep the music within the framework of the tradition". By Abkarovits Endre
9th Legényes competition. April, 2005 – Budapest Material performed by competitors: Pontozó dance of Vincze Ferenc, traditional dancer from Magyarszentbenedek (Sinbenedic), Küküllőmenti region of Transylvania. First prize went to Balla Zoltán. Fügedi János, member of the jury, reports on the event with a discussion of authenticity in dance, also exploring concrete aspects of the movement motifs that characterize this particular men’s dance and provided the basis for his opinions.
New publication: Balogh Balázs – Fülemile Ágnes: (Society, landscape structure, identity in Kalotaszeg). (Ethnographic studies) series. Akadémiai Kiadó, Budapest. 2004 This monography publishes the results of methodical ethnographic research conducted in both Hungarian and Romanian villages in the Kalotaszeg region of Transylvania since the beginning of the 1990’s. Chapter headings are: Patterns of marital connections in the Kalotaszeg area Examples of regional network problems History of the region in the Middle Ages Ethnic stress between Hungarians and Romanians ...originating from the period of 1940-44.