Bartók Dance Triptych: A World-Class Collaboration of Music and Choreography to Premiere in Budapest

The Hungarian National Ballet is set to premiere a new ballet in three parts, Bartók Dance Triptych, on September 23, 2023 at the Hungarian State Opera House in Budapest

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Prepare to be enchanted by a mesmerizing ballet production set to grace the stage of the Hungarian State Opera House in Budapest. The upcoming performance, titled Bartók Dance Triptych, revolves around the extraordinary musical compositions of Béla Bartók and features an exceptional cast of talented Hungarian National Ballet dancers.

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Unveiling the Magic of Bartók Dance Triptych: A Captivating Ballet in Budapest

Collaborating on this captivating project is none other than Wayne McGregor, a renowned choreographer celebrated worldwide for his creative prowess. Together, they aim to delve into the profound themes of love, loss, and the transformative power of music.

McGregor’s choreography is distinguished by its innovative use of space and its exploration of diverse dance styles, promising a visually stunning and emotionally resonant experience for the audience.

The ballet comprises three distinct parts: The Wooden Prince, The Miraculous Mandarin, and Dance Suite, which will showcase the remarkable skills of the students from the Hungarian National Ballet Institute.

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The Spellbinding Tales of The Wooden Prince: A Ballet of Love and Self-Discovery

The Wooden Prince is a ballet adaptation of a Hungarian folktale, recounting the enchanting story of a wooden prince who comes to life and embarks on a journey of love and self-discovery. The piece, originally premiered in 1917, has remained a cherished part of the Opera House’s repertoire for over a century. László Velekei, ballet director of the Győr Ballet, takes the helm in breathing new life into this timeless fairytale world, skillfully intertwining its magical elements with the profound struggles of humanity.

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Provocative Intrigue and Artistry: The Miraculous Mandarin and Dance Suite

In contrast, The Miraculous Mandarin explores a more provocative narrative, delving into themes of erotica, sexuality, and abuse. Inspired by a story by Oscar Wilde, this ballet revolves around a group of street dancers who encounter a mysterious mandarin. The original performance, premiered in Cologne, caused a scandal due to its daring portrayal of taboo subjects. Marianna Venekei, the choreographer for the 2023/24 season, ventures into the inner worlds of the characters, unraveling their complex personalities and bridging the gap between past and present to captivate the 21st-century audience while staying true to the evocative music of Béla Bartók.

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Feast for the Senses: Experience the Beauty of Bartók’s Music and Innovative Choreography

Bartók Dance Triptych promises to be an extraordinary sensory experience, combining breathtaking music, innovative choreography, and the artistry of world-class dancers. If you appreciate ballet or are a fan of Béla Bartók’s exceptional compositions, this is an event not to be missed.

Tickets for Bartók Dance Triptych are already available for purchase. For more details and booking, kindly visit the Hungarian National Ballet website. If you find yourself in Budapest this September, we highly recommend seizing the opportunity to witness this mesmerizing performance that promises to transport you to a realm of beauty and artistry.

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