The National Dance Theatre holds its annual Budapest Dance Festival from Tuesday 24 April until International Dance Day on Sunday 29 April. Ballet, contemporary and folk styles will be performed by dance companies from Hungary and abroad.
The Italian-based EgriBiancoDanza Company, directed by Italian choreographer Susanna Egri, opens the ball at the dance theatre next Tuesday with a three-part programme of works by Raphael Bianco including Da Nobis Pacem to music by contemporary Estonian composer Arvo Pärt, Les Noces (The Wedding) set to a score by Stravinsky and Amor di Mundo, created using some songs from Cesaria Evora.
The festival closes next Sunday with a gala evening at the Palace of Arts featuring Association of Hungarian Dancers awardees Ballet Company of Gyõr, Central Europe Dance Theatre, Ballet Pécs, Szeged Contemporary Dance Company, Compagnie Pál Frenák, Hungarian Dance Academy and “Young Hearts” Hungarian Dance Ensemble.
Programmes in between include the premiere of Mein Kleiner Blumengarten (My Little Flower Garden) by Gangaray Dance Company and further performances at the National Dance Theatre and the Palace of Arts by Compagnie Yvette Bozsik, Badora Dance Company, Budapest Dance Theatre, Szeged Contemporary Dance Company and Compagnie Pál Frenák. The full programme is at www.budapesttancfesztival.hu in English.
Budapest Dance Festival
Tuesday 24 April to Sunday 29 April
National Dance Theatre, District I, Színház utca 1-3
Palace of Arts, District IX, Komor Marcell u. 1
Tickets HUF 1,500-3,500. Available at mupa.jegy.hu, at the Palace of Arts Box Office (open daily 10am-6pm and 9.30pm on performance days), at nemzetitancszinhaz.jegy.hu, at the ticket office of the National Dance Theatre (open daily 11am-6pm and 7pm on performance days), and at major ticket and box offices in Budapest.