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Total Dance

Venue: Erkel Theatre

1087 Budapest
II. János Pál pápa tér 30
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One night, two choreographers, three choreographies: Total Dance. For this show, the Hungarian National Ballet has picked out three popular pieces from its wide-ranging modern repertoire.

A wall, 3 female and 6 male dancers, and Ravel's Bolero. This is the base of Swedish choreographer Johan Inger's one-act ballet, Walking Mad, which he originally created for the Netherlands Dans Theatre in 2001. The minimalist space takes newer and newer shapes for the ever intensifying music, and newer and newer characters appear in it, in more and more mad situations and states.

Jiří Kylián paid homage to the genius of Mozart on the 200th anniversary of his death. Featured in this uniquely atmospheric ballet are six women, six men and six swords. In addition to the weapons, other props include black, baroque-style clothing and bizarre crinolines. The symbolic image in the dance piece presents a world where aggression, sexuality, silence, music, vulnerability, interdependence and eternal human beauty exist together in their own sense of poetry.


"I've decided that I cannot simply create a dance series reflecting the composer's sense of humour and music genious. Instead, I've choreographed six visibly confusing scenes..." - wrote Jiří Kylián about Six dances. In the ballet, Mozartian playfulness and absurd reality are transplanted into the language of movement. 

Program details

Walking Mad

Choreographer: Johan Inger 
Composer: Maurice Ravel / Arvo Pärt 
Set and costume designer: Johan Inger 
Light designer: Erik Berglund 
Coach Carl Inger Coach and staging ballet master: Yvan Dubreuil 
Ballet master: Angéla Kövessy

Petite mort

Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 
Choreographer: Jiří Kylián 
Set designer: Jiří Kylián 
Costume designer: Joke Visser 
Lighting designer: Jiří Kylián / Joop Caboort 
Lighting/Technical adaptation: Kees Tjebbes 
Coach: Cora Bos-Kroese / Elke Schepers 
Ballet master: Angéla Kövessy

Six Dances

Choreographer: Jiří Kylián 
Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 
Set designer: Jiří Kylián 
Costume designer: Jiří Kylián 
Lighting designer: Jiří Kylián / Joop Caboort 
Lighting/Technical adaptation: Kees Tjebbes 
Coach: Yvan Dubreuil / Marianna Venekei

Erkel Theatre

Opened in 1911 originally, the Erkel Theatre is Hungary’s largest theatre building. Its history is intertwined with the golden age of Hungarian opera performance, with such luminaries as Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo, Éva Marton and Grace Bumbry all having graced the stage of a building whose acoustics are considered the stuff of opera legend.

After being shuttered up for more than five years with its fate in doubt following closure in 2007, the Hungarian government last year provided 1.7 billion forints in grants for the theatre’s renewal, allowing the Hungarian State Opera to renovate the Erkel Theatre to a standard suitable for holding performances.

Much of the refurbishments took place behind the scenes, with soloist and shared dressing rooms and common areas refitted and expanded. In addition, the stage’s technical equipment has undergone significant modernisation, while the building’s service systems (water, plumbing, heating and ventilation) have also been brought up to date.

Audiences will now step into an auditorium with a completely new look, while every effort was made to ensure that the building's fantastic acoustic properties remained unchanged. A factor that will greatly increase comfort is the modern ventilation system installed in the seating area. Although the number of seats has been reduced from 1,935 to 1,819 by refitting the rows of seats for more comfort, the theatre nevertheless retains its rank as the highest capacity theatre in Hungary – and in Eastern Central Europe.

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