This show is coming on December 10th., not only to CVWPB but also to the Kravis Center – same exact show J
Traditional music and dance of Hungary come alive
Theatre at UB’s Center for the Arts on Tuesday night as
Budapest’s Hungarian State Folk Ensemble presented
Hungarian Rhapsody, a delightful gypsy-themed journey
through centuries of traditional Hungarian song and dance.
an authentic Hungarian village
festival where the village folk – all of them excellent
musicians, singers and dancers –
performed traditional dances handed down for generations.
troupe of 25-plus dancers, an
ensemble of six divinely talented musicians along with singer
Agnes Enyedi, who acted as a
thread weaving through the program; her dulcet voice
a range of songs that often
incited the dancers’ performances while eliciting applause from the audience.
originating from northeastern
shirts, and women in head
scarves and long skirts that took on a bell shape when they
twirled – the dancers moved
quickly through familiar folk dance phrases that saw the
men clapping and rigorously
slapping their thighs and boots while the women spun and
swayed, “whooping” their approval.
Irish jigs and reels, Russian
dances and others, and the remainder of the program
featured dances that stemmed from
that same movement language introduced at the start of the
show along with several
regional dances from the
Renaissance period forward.
as all-male and all-female
numbers with the dancers pulling double duty as singers and
even sometimes as musicians
for many of the numbers.
in which eight women sang
while clasping one anthers’ waists and rapidly circling,
stomping and shuffling their feet in a
blur of movement; “Rhythmic Variations”, a rapid-fire solo
by male dancer Mate Modos in
spurs, who danced to the sounds of a jew’s harp wildly
kicking up his legs, tap dancing and
intensely clapping and slapping at his body.
succession of wonderfully
choreographed and patterned dances that took full advantage
of the dancers’ excellent
timing and musicality.
intimate setting singing while a
few dancers took turns performing in solos, duets and trios.
Enyedi sang a song tinged with
yearning accompanied by a hammered dulcimer player and
five couples dancing slowly in
dance “Test of Skills,” in which
the dancers showed off their skills using bottles, brooms and
sticks that they spun like batons.
traditional folk dance troupes I
have seen, the Hungarian State Folk Ensemble oozed fun and
proved they were the very definition of entertaining.