Hungary is one of the very few countries where folk-dancing as on an incredibly high artistic level. The authentic folk-dance performance take place in the Danube Palace, performed by the best professional Hungarian folk ensemble, the Hungarian State Folk Ensemble.Through the performed dances the viewers gain broad insight into Hungarian dance and music heritage with authentic costumes, also covering the traditions of former parts of the country.
Hungarian State Folk Ensemble established in 1951 aims to collect and play authentic folk music and to preserve the Hungarian folk dances and traditional costumes of Hungarian inhabited areas by putting them on stage for the public.During the more than five decades of its existence, the Ensemble has achieved its goal by revitalizing the culture of the Hungarian people. Their rich and colourful repertoire entitled the Ensemble to be regarded as one of the top touring groups in the world. It has performed in 44 countries across four continents and won the admiration of an audience of more than seven and a half million people. The Ensemble consists of 30 dancers, 14 members of the Gipsy Orchestra and 5 members of the Hungarian Folk Orchestra. The choreographs are all based on authentic dances, some of them were collected in isolated villages with dance elements dating back hundreds of years.The extraordinary folk music that inspired Liszt, Bartók and Kodály is put on stage by both the Folk Orchestra and the world famous Gipsy Orchestra. Their rich repertoire includes folk music which inspired Hungarian and international classical composers such as Liszt, Brahms, Kodály and Bartók.To top up your unforgettable theater performance, upgrade it to a complete evening program with Late Night Dinner & Cruise at 22:00. Let us invite you to a romantic candlelight dinner on one of our air-conditioned, heated ships. The Cruise starts at 22:00, but will always wait for the guests from the theatre to arrive, escorted by our hosts and hostesses.Sample program:Hungarian State Folk ensemble - BITTERSWEET - Dance to Transylvanian folk musicPart I.PrologueDances from GyimesGyergyó Dance MusicSweet Rose… – soloWhirling dances from the Székely landDances from BudatelkeMale dances from KalotaszegStop Sweatheart… – chorusRomanian whirling dance from BonchidaMale dances from MagyarózdRomanian dances from the Küküllő valleyForest, forest… – man’s songWhirling dance from KalotaszegPart II.Slow and fast csárdás from GymesMy homeland – songCouple dance from MagyarszovátMale and couple dances from the MezőségGypsy dance from SzászcsávásiGypsy song – chorusTwo Transylvanian verbunkCsárdás from KalotaszegEpilogueEvery concert starts at 20:00 consisting of two 40-45 minutes long parts with an intermission in between.