North American Tour:
October 20 - December 4, 2005
Produced by Kálmán and Judit Magyar, Centrum Management
CSÁRDÁS! THE TANGO OF THE EAST
a Dance and Music Spectacular featuring
Directed and Choreographed by Zoltán Zsuráfszki
hundred years ago, a new dance fashion swept across Central
Europe: the Csárdás (char-dash). Into the midst of the courtly
dances of the nobility (Waltzes, Quadrilles and Polkas) burst a
dance of the people, based on age old traditions and accompanied
by the fiery music of virtuosi Gypsy musicians. This new
exciting dance, the Csárdás, became a symbol of revolution
against foreign dominance, which frightened the establishment.
It is incredible that this dance form not only survived but also
flourishes in Hungary today as the core of the repertoire of the
Hungarian Táncház (Dance House) Movement. This grassroots
revival movement brings thousands of young Hungarians together
every week, providing a new context for old traditions.
time is the present. The location is a Táncház in any town in
Hungary. Two of the most popular dance traditions of the Táncház
movement are the dances from Transdanubia and the Mezőség
Region of Transylvania. One of the dancers initiates a series of
"play-party" games based on a love story: boy meets girl, she is
abducted by outlaws, the young man searches for his Bride-to-be
and wins her back, they marry and "live happily ever after." The
roles are assigned to the dancers and the game begins.
In remote villages
it was believed that young virgin girls have the ability to
manipulate fate and cast magic spells on unsuspecting young men.
The girls collect the morning dew with their skirts while
chanting. The "love-potion" is made from the dew and it will
cause the young man of her choice to fall in love with her.
The men's dances of
Central and Eastern Europe are technically very demanding and
enable young men to demonstrate their strength and agility. The
boys, in order to impress the girls, perform the men's dance
from Szentbenedek, Transylvania. The Girl chooses the most
sympathetic lad and offers him the magic drink.
Couple dances in
most cultures are essentially duets of courtship and love. Our
duet is based on a Transylvanian turning dance.
THE BALL and the
ABDUCTION OF THE BRIDE
The courtship of
our young couple is celebrated by a dance from the Northeastern
Hungarian Szatmár Region. During the dancing the unsuccessful
Rival charms the Girl and is successful in abducting her while
her lover is self consumed in his solo dance, typical to this
The Groom is sad
about the loss of his Bride and is consoled by his friends and
musicians. Hungarian gypsy music is said to personify the
Hungarian character, which, though melancholic at times, is
always ready to recover and be happy again.
the abducted Bride in an unfamiliar surrounding and her
hopelessness is suggested by finding herself in the middle of a
wild man's dance from Romania, the "Calusari".
The Groom is
searching for his lover and meets a group of girls dancing the
challenging "bottle dance."
He also visits a
"Csárda" (Hungarian word for Inn or Pub), said to be the root
for word of "Csárdás" and from where the dance apparently
originated. In this happy place we enjoy the "csárdás" from
different regions of Hungary, but the Groom cannot forget his
abducted lover, in spite of all the diversions.
The Boy visits a
Gypsy camp in his pursuit and finds a friendly atmosphere. The
Roma (Gypsies) migrated from India a thousand years ago and are
found in virtually every country of Europe. They made each place
richer culturally and contributed greatly to the local dance and
THE HOSTAGE BRIDE
The unhappy Bride
is forced to dance with her abductors in a Csárdás originating
from the Székelyföld Region of Transylvania.
Finally, the Groom
and his Rival meet and a fierce fight ensues. However, in the
last moment, the Groom spares his opponent's life. The fight is
based on traditional stick dances, which have their origins in
sword dances of the Middle Ages. The two rivals then dance a
symbolic duel, competing to out-do each other in the virtuosic
boot-slapping dance from Méhkerék, Southern Hungary.
At the end of the
competition the Bride may choose again which suitor she prefers.
couple again expresses their love.
Now that all
obstacles have been overcome, the wedding may begin.
The celebration is
based on the traditions of the Kalotaszeg Region of
Transylvania: the competitive dances of the young men, humorous
"mock wedding," and the selection from false brides. We also
observe the bride's dance, as well as a cycle of slow and fast
Csárdás. After the wedding the "play-party" game ends and all
props are reunited to the decorated chest. The musicians play
the last song traditional at village weddings.
THE CONTINUATION OF
We return the
Táncház and the fiery Csárdás, Mezőség
Region of Transylvania. This dance style is probably the most
exciting form of improvised Csárdás, which is still danced today
- a 200 year-old living tradition. Everyone in the audience is
welcome to learn it.
CSÁRDÁS! The Tango of the East
Girl / Bride: Éva Gömöri
Boy / Groom: Dezső Fitos
Rival: Attila Tompa,
False-bride: Flórián Hajdú, False-groom: Gábor Valach, Game
master: Csaba Taba, Singer: Nadia Abdulwahab, Band Leader: István Papp, Cimbalom Player: Dániel Szabó
Nadia Abdulwahab, Barbara Baranyai, Anna Sára Ednrődi,
Erika Fejér, Enikő Kocsis, Anett Orosz, Réka Sík, Gabriella Tóth,
Melánia Tóth, Andrea Visnyei
Milán Albunovics, Tamás
Babus, András Gelencsér, Tamás Szappanos, Ignác Kádár, István
Péter Árendás, viola
Dániel Szabó, cimbalom
József Bartók, bass
Péter Makó, winds
Dénes Németh, viloin
István Papp, violin
Choreography: Zoltán Zsuráfszki
Musical Arrangements: Péter Árendás, László Rossa, László
Costume Designer: Zsuzsa Vincze
Lighting: Béla Kovács
Sound: Boáz Konta
Publicity Design: László Hajdú-Németh
Program Notes: Kálmán Dresziger
THE BUDAPEST ENSEMBLE
Artistic Director: Zoltán Zsuráfszki
Musical Director: Péter Árendás
Dance Director: Zsuzsa Vincze and Gábor Vallach
Executive Director: Károly Aranyos
Financial Director: Tamás Csapó
Company Manager: Dániel Vincze
Coproducer with Zoltán Zsuráfszki, Artistic Director