The aim of the Hungarian National Ballet Foundation (Foundation) is to support young, talented choreographers and dance artists by contributing to their professional development, moreover, by providing them performance opportunities. Since the beginning, the Foundation has organized several study tours for talented artists, performance opportunities abroad and foreign guest artists’ invitations as well. The project plans firstly to invite tutors and students from the Oslo National Academy of the Arts (Kunsthøgskoleni Oslo), and from the Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts (HochschulefürMusik und Darstellende Kunst). The planned program for this period would be the following: during the school year of 2016/17 (based on previous agreements with the parties) the project would hold courses and workshops at the Hungarian Dance Academy that would last for 12-14 days. From the professional point of view it is a complex two-week-learning period for the students from the 3 countries: they will be participating on classes both by Norwegian and Hungarian ballet masters, they will be coached by Hungarian teachers and artists, they are going to learn about artistic collaboration with choreographers/coaches and fellow dancers, and also about aspects of the artistic/theatrical workflow. They will be performing on the HDA's own stage and also in a public theater of the National Dance Theatre (MOMkult).The core activity in the field of dance is going to be (to learn and perform) László Seregi's Variations on a Nursery Song (created on Ernő Dohnanyi’s composition), but HDA is organizing Hungarian 'táncház' (folk dance event) and presentations of the schools, too. Both of the schools have provided a letter of intent about participating the course.
Summary of project results
With the project, the project promoter wished to create a new tradition which enabled more and more nations to get an insight into each other’s culture in more depth, and thus enable them to grow their own national artistic values. The desired outcome of the project was to provide an opportunity for the participating national and foreign guest artists to get to know each other’s tradition, culture and working methods throughout the choreographies that they created during the two-week long workshop. The workshop enabled the invitation of foreign guest artists with whom new choreographies could be created and performed. In February 2017, a workshop was held at the Hungarian Dance Academy with the contribution of the guest artists from the Oslo National Academy of Arts and from the Slovenian National Opera and Ballet Theatre, moreover, with the contribution of Mark Spradling, dancer and choreographer of the Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts. During the workshop, the national and foreign guest students rehearsed together with the help and guidance of the ballet masters. During the journey to get to know each other’s culture, several programs held at the National Dance Academy were made open for the public; introductory pieces were performed by the Norwegian and Hungarian students, the Hungarian “táncház” introduced the elements of the traditional Hungarian folk dance, as well as a session dedicated to get to know the Gipsy dance and culture. The result of the two-week long workshop was presented at the MOM Cultural Centre for 300 spectators.
Summary of bilateral results