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Cuban, Italian, and Finnish Productions at the Budapest Dance Festival

MTI-Hungary Today 2024.04.07.

The two-week Budapest Dance Festival will feature special productions from Cuba, Italy, and Finland and premieres by major Hungarian companies between April 27 and May 11 at the National Dance Theater.

On April 27, the 24th Budapest Dance Festival will open with a performance by the Nuovo Balletto di Toscana. The Florentine dance company will come to Budapest with La Bayadére by Marius Petipa, choreographed by Michele Di Stefano, and will be performed for two evenings for Hungarian audiences.

Photo via Facebook/ Nuovo Balletto Di Toscana – NBDT

The highlight of the festival will be Acosta Danza, founded by Carlos Acosta, a Cuban street kid turned dancer and one of the most prominent artists of his generation.

The company of Cuban dancers, performing for the first time in Hungary, will welcome the public with their piece Cuban Eclectico.

The international line-up will conclude with a choreography by Finnish dance virtuoso Susanna Leinonen, in which the dancers will show the relentless expectations of women and the female body in their performance, Nasty.

On April 29, World Dance Day, a gala performance will be held. The program will include a performance by the choreographer who won the “Best Creator of the Season” award and a celebration of the entire profession, with awards for graduating students, emerging and established performers, dance teachers, and renowned creators.

One of the special features of the festival is the premieres of all the national dance companies: on April 30, the Badora Dance Company will be presenting a dance drama based on the play Bánk bán. In Dóra Barta’s choreography, instead of the usual point of view, this time a female tragedy of fate is outlined, with Melinda in the leading role.

In their ballet thriller Black Swan, the Szeged Contemporary Dance Company will guide the audience into a psychiatric hospital, where they will follow the disintegration of Odette’s personality. The dark, mysterious story is staged by the company’s artistic director, Kossuth Prize winner Tamás Juronics.

Photo via Facebook/Szegedi Kortárs Balett/Szeged Contemporary Dance Company

The Inversedance – Zoltán Fodor Company comes with a strange atmospheric show on May 7, based on Lois Lowry’s novel The Giver, painting a picture of a seemingly impeccable society where everything is done to the highest perfection, but it is only an appearance.

This year’s festival will also feature music alongside dance, as the Forte Company and the Dador Project’s Concordia, a dance piece set to works by classical composers from the Baroque period, accompanied by a live orchestra and a singer, will feature grotesque and lyrical couplets, combining dance, live music, and prose.

On the closing day, the Eva Duda Dance Company will present BABEL, a performance full of expressive images and spectacular moments.

There will also be other premieres in the National Dance Theater: on May 3, Ferenc Fehér, Katalin Lőrinc, and Zoltán Pál will take to the stage, while on May 8, Noémi Kulcsár Tellabor Dance Company’s production of Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House, based on the world-famous drama, will make its debut.

National Dance Ensemble Stages the Life of Our Celebrated Poet, Sándor Petőfi
National Dance Ensemble Stages the Life of Our Celebrated Poet, Sándor Petőfi

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Via MTI; Featured image via Facebook/Inversedance – Fodor Zoltán Társulat

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