44th National Táncház Festival & Fair • 4–6 April 2025
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Black-Red Dance. This tribute to the Transylvanian village of Szék/Sic reminds us that musicologist Lajtha László went to Szék in 1940 and ‘41 to collect traditional instrumental music. We are also reminded of the unmarried girls from Szék who were sent to Kolozsvár/Cluj to work as servants for wealthier Hungarian families where they worked until they married. On their days off the girls would meet the other Szék girls working in Kolozsvár at a certain park to talk and dance. There was no music, they weren’t allowed to sing in public in Hungarian, so they hummed the music and danced together. They are remembered in a poem by Hungarian poet Kányádi Sándor, who observed them in the 1960s and 70s. By Széki Soós János.