Transcarpathia Invoked - Thence and over the Passes
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Transcarpathia Invoked - Thence and over the Passes

Hungarian State Folk Ensemble - Hungarian Heritage House

Every culture guards and lives its own spirit in a small way, but every culture is also permeated by the heritage of belonging to universal human culture. A part of this heritage is tolerance, solidarity; regarding the relationships between the ethnic groups living together as equal, rather than placing them in a hierarchy. ”The one who is able to love one’s own is free, free from the pains, from the insatiable hunger and from the unquenchable thirst of possession”. This is the belief we share with the poet János Pilinszky.

The performance entitled Evoking Ruthenia, Across the Mountain Pass and Back is the first of its kind in the history of staged Hungarian folk dance performances which introduces the varied and rich traditional cultures of all the peoples (Hungarians, Ukrainians, Ruthenes, Hutsuls, Romanians, Roma, and Jews) who live in the Eastern Carpathians and in Ruthenia within the framework of an anthology. This performance highlights the common features, as well as the differences between the traditions of these peoples. However, the emphasis is put on the common roots, with vivid representations of the natural similarities which stem from a shared historic past. (The Ruthene peoples who still hold the memory of Ferenc Rákóczi II in high regard are proud that their ancestors had protected the castles of the “Great Lord” side by side with the Hungarians.)

Passing on these traditions, and the understanding of the language of folklore of our own heritage and of the people living with us creates opportunities for meetings and also for expressing ourselves. The theatre provides both a mirror of and a chance for these meetings to take place. It feels good to glance into this mirror. This mirror will show its images to both its creators and to those will experience the state of inspired reception and acceptance in the silence which belongs to the spectator.

With the participation of:
Hungarian State Folk Ensemble Dance Troupe and Orchestra,
Guest artists: Tamás Bősze, Lajos Pál,
On recording: Eszter Pál, László Szlama
Solo vocalists: Ágnes Herczku, Milán Hetényi
Evoked by Gabriella Bakos

Composer: István „Szalonna” Pál
Musical editor: Lajos Pál
Choreographers: Dezső Fitos, Richárd Kökény, Gábor Mihályi
Costume: Rita Furik
Scenery: Zsuzsa Molnár
Video animation: Andrea Soós
Lighting: László Győri
Artistic collaboration: Orza Calin

Director-choreographer, artistic director: Gábor Mihályi

Duration: approx. 85 minutes, no interval

The archive images which appear in the performance are from the photograph collection of the Hungarian Folklore Museum.

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