Honvéd Dance Theatre: Dózsa
This story is five hundred years old, and tells of a turning point in Hungarian history: the peasant revolt led by György Dózsa, whose tragic end sent ripples through history that can be felt to this day.“A long time ago, beyond my words...When courage still walked the roads...”
Dance Chronicle About the Deeds of György Dózsa
Honvéd Dance Theatre
With Péter Novák as Dózsa
A new grand Hungarian dance play on the stage of the Palace of Arts!
This story is five hundred years old, and tells of a turning point in Hungarian history: the peasant revolt led by György Dózsa, whose tragic end sent ripples through history that can be felt to this day.
“A long time ago, beyond my words...
When courage still walked the roads...”
sings Tamás Szarka (Ghymes Ensemble). Dózsa, the singing and dancing, enamoured but tragic hero is brought to life by Péter Novák, who is not only a musical actor but also a dancer thoroughly familiar with Hungarian folk dancing. The artists from Honvéd Dance Theatre are accompanied by Péter Makó (Csík Ensemble), who plays a selection of folk music while the legendary peasant leader is heading unstoppably to his demise, then to the horrible retribution.
Although the show recounts sombre historical events, director and choreographer Zoltán Zsuráfszky created a colourful, spectacular and entertaining show, with engaging dance and music. He recounts that the poetry of István Sinka and Gyula Juhász, as well as the works of Gyula Illyés and István Nemeskürthy made a significant contribution to the birth of a new Hungarian dance play.
The premiere of Dózsa took place in Summer 2010, as part of the Szeged Open Air Festival.
Screenplay by Zsuzsa Vincze, based on the idea of Zoltán Zsuráfszky
Musical editor: Péter Makó
Set design: Kázmér Tóth
Costumes: Zsuzsa Vincze
Music and lyrics: Tamás Szarka
Directed and choreography by Zoltán Zsuráfszky
A co-production of the Honvéd Ensemble and the National Dance Theatre.