Bergen Performance Arts Center in Englewood, New Jersey Presents Hungarian State Folk Ensemble
By Mel Fabrikant Wednesday, September 18, 2013, 07:07 PM EDT
Its variegated repertoire has made the HSFE one of the most widely performing ensembles of the world: during the six decades of its existence, the HSFE has performed in 50 countries of four continents, entertaining more than 8 million people altogether. At home (8 Corvin tér, Budapest), the HSFE performs about 100-120 times a year, beside being regular guest of theatres all over the Carpathian basin.
“Regarded as One of the Greatest Folkloric Dance Ensembles in the World”
Monday, October 21th 2013 at 8PM
$59.00, $49.00, $39.00, $29.00
Tickets available at: www.ticketmaster.com or www.bergenpac.org or Box Office (201) 227 1030
On-stage adaptations of Hungarian folklore appeared about half a century ago. Beside the authentic and educational presentation of dances, there has always been a renewing wish for the establishment of an independent dance theatre within the HSFE. However, when the real revival of folk dance on stage came about in the beginning of the 1970's, professional folk dance ensembles started to include authentic themes in their repertoire. Transformation and substitution of original dance figures with more „stagelike" movements was no longer a guiding principle, and for long, the precise reproduction of authentic dances was held to be the right interpretation. In the last decade though, the Hungarian State Folk Ensemble, performing various themes, has managed to transcend this idea. In today's HSFE performances, folk dance tradition appears from various aspects; it is either the theme or just the communicative means by which the theme manifests itself. Folklore has proven to be creative and vivid enough to become a bright colour on the palette of contemporary arts.
The HSFE's repertoire features authentic performances as well as contemporary ones. The traditional performances give a truthful presentation of the historical relations in traditional life, while the dance-theatre shows use folklore as language to communicate some new message