Ballet, contemporary dance, folk dance – these and much more are featured in the program of the Budapest Dance Festival starting today. A variety of venues will provide stages for several, both Hungarian and international dance companies.
There are hundreds of music festivals all around the world every year, but a bit less dance festivals in particular. The main purpose of International Dance Day, which was introduced in 1982 and is celebrated annually on April 29, is to attract the attention of the wider public to the art of dance. It aims to address a new public, people who do not follow dance events during the course of the year. That is one of the purposes of the Budapest Dance Festival, too, inspired by and organized around the day of dance every year.
The festival is held from April 27 to May 3 and is organized by the National Dance Theatre, a place that was established to create a home for Hungarian dance. It gives priority to professionalism and the interests of the dance profession and provides a repertoire in which all the genres become accessible to the dance loving culture consumers. The theatre keep its stages open for projects or individual formations, as a host theatre they work together with approximately 40 companies.
Budapest Dance Festival will feature a number of Hungarian and international dance performances and several venues. It is held in locations such as MOM Park, the Palace of Arts and Royal Garden Pavilions. The 2015 Budapest Dance Festival includes two significant international guest performances.
Titanium, a fantastic fusion of flamenco, hip-hop and street dance will be performed on 2 and 3 May. It is created by Rojas&Rodrigez / Nuevo Ballet Espanol (nine Spanish dance artists and four musicians) and Hofesh Shecter, a contemporary London choreographer with a new choreography. On the International Dance Day, on 29 April, there will be an annual gala evening and award ceremony organised by the Hungarian Dancers’ Association. On 30 April, Insomnia will be performed by the Szeged Contemprary Dance Company as a Budapest premiere.
„I know that to compare our gala performance for International Dance Day to the Oscars ceremony would be stretching things too far, yet, in a way I would like our guests and prize winners to experience a similar feeling when they step on the stage of the Festival Theatre. The Hungarian Dancers’ Association will present the Dance Awards on International Dance Day, as in previous years.” – said Balázs Vincze, the director of the International Dance Day Gala.