The Danube Folk Ensemble

Folk dancing is able to express a wide range of emotions, grapple with a universal sense of beauty and sometimes even transport you to a bygone era and a foreign land on the wings of your senses. 

Being one of the most popular Hungarian folk dance ensembles, the Danube Folk Ensemble have been wowing viewers since its foundation in 1957. The company is regarded among the best of its genre, due largely to their visionary art directior Zsolt Juhász who leads the group’s 24 dancers and 5 musicians in an artisic unity of sorts.

The ensemble focuses on the authentic representation of the Hungarian folk heritage while adding their contemporary mindset to create something truly unique and captivating. Each individual dancer is able to have some of their own personality implemented in the final choreographies making them more original and full of life. Their main goal is to bring a classical, deep rooted, cultural phenomenon closer to the audience, and into our present time, by toppling the surrounding stereotypes and revealing its vivid, dynamic and extremely entertraining true colours.

The company aims to be a proper representative of the traditional Hungarian folk roots while bringing its own style and unmistakeable charm to the performances. During more than 6 decades of operation, the ensemble has captivated several countries around Europe such as Italy, Greece or Poland and has received numerous awards for their enrichment and advocacy of Hungarian culture.

The golden theatre hall of the Danube Palace can regard istself as a proud home for the Danube Folk Ensemble, where most of their performances are being held throughout the year.

Zsolt Juhász the director:
Born in 1967 in Szeged, Zsolt Juhász was always going to be an artist, starting his career at age 11 with the Dance Ensemble of Szeged. By 1990 he became the lead dancer of the group and two years later graduated to being a solo dancer and choreographer of the Danube Folk Ensemble in Budapest. He did not stop there however. Zsolt has always been a loud advocate of introducing children to Hungarian traditions so he became the art director of two children’s dance ensembles and received his degree in Folk Pedagogy at the Hungarian Dance Academy. Zsolt has been the director of the Danube Folk Ensemble since 2007 and is the choreographer of some of their most successful plays.


Programme
First part
Zsolt Juhász : Dances from Marossárpatak
Zoltán Farkas : Kállai duet
István Merczel : Dances with objects and couple dances from Somogy
Gábor Mihályi : Memories from a fair in Rábaköz
Gábor Mihályi : Women’s dances from Moldva Zsolt Juhász : Dances from Küküllőmente

Second part
Bartók-Juhász-Mihályi : Violin duets
Gábor Mihályi : Jumping dance
Zsolt Juhász : Men’s dances from Kalotaszeg
Zsolt Juhász : Gypsy dance from Szászcsávási
Sebő-Juhász : Ball in the Reform Period


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