Hungarian State Folk Ensemble
Available in the 2013-2014 Season
World Music & Dance
Manager: Andrew S. Grossman
Management Territory: North America
"It is marvelous- crackling with dancing that snaps like a whip in a program framed successfully by a sophisticated context." Anna Kisselgoff, New York Times
"It's forceful, tasteful, unglorified presentation of ethnic expression..." George Jackson, Washington Post
HUNGARIAN STATE FOLK ENSEMBLE
László Kelemen, General Director
Gábor Mihályi, Artistic Director
The Hungarian State Folk Ensemble, regarded as one of the greatest folkloric dance ensembles in the world, was established in 1951. Its aims were to collect and play authentic folk music and to preserve the folk dances and traditional costumes of Hungary and Hungarian-inhabited areas by putting them on stage before the public. During the more than four and a half decades of its existence, the Ensemble has achieved its aim by revitalizing the culture . . . of the Hungarian people. Their rich and colorful repertoire entitles the Ensemble to be regarded as one of the top touring groups in the world.
The Ensemble has performed in 44 countries across four continents and won the admiration of an audience of more than seven and a half million people. In the last few years the Ensemble has encountered special interest in North-America - which was illustrated by their fourth invitation to undertake a three-month coast to coast American tour in 1994. They have also toured the Far East and Western Europe.
The choreographies are all based on authentic dances, some of them collected in isolated villages with dance elements dating back hundreds of years. The extraordinary folk music that inspired Liszt, Bartók and Kodály is put on stage by both the Folk Orchestra and the world-famous Gipsy Orchestra. The members of the Folk Orchestra play authentic, traditional instruments and perform Hungarian folk music at its highest artistic level. The famous Gipsy Orchestra plays both dance accompaniments and performs alone. Their rich repertoire includes folk music which inspired Hungarian and international classical composers such as Liszt, Brahms, Kodály and Bartók.
Aside from its performances around the country and abroad, the Ensemble gives approximately 90-100 annually performances in its Corvin tér theatre, in the Budai Vigadó.