44th National Táncház Festival & Fair • 4–6 April 2025
Starting page: 12
Analysis of Foltin Jolán’s dance drama ’Elmúlik’ and its use of the Bukovina Székely custom of ’csobánolás’ – a Christmas season folk pagent-play about the birth of Christ that involves going from house to house. ’Elmúlik’ is a dance piece dealing with the period of resettlement and population exchanges in the wake of WWII. It demonstrates how families and ethnic groups were embittered and affected in these processes – in particular the Hungarian Swabians, Bukovina Székely and Hungarians from communities in Upper Hungary or present day Slovakia. Just one element of this dance drama is compared with the actual folk custom (’csobánolás’) by breaking down that part of the choreography into the scenes. In the choreography the folk custom is simplified with a free use of the typical characters. The choreographer used artistic license in condensing the traditional parts of the custom toward expression of her chosen message. By Bazsinka Levente.