Hungarian State Folk Ensemble
Hungarian Heritage House
American Tour 2013
As a musical genre, Gypsy Romance is characterised by its tumultuous rhythms, strong
emotion, impassioned surges of thought, and freedom of expression.
The Hungarian State Folk Ensemble’s dance performance Gypsy Romance incorporates all the
marks of the genre, while both relying on, and taking inspiration from folk music and folk
dance tradition to create its own unique dance rhapsody.
The performance includes images of the peasant traditions of the Hungarians and other
national groups of the region in dynamic succession, offering a compelling look into this
singular, kaleidoscopic, yet oddly unified thousand-year-old culture as expressed in the
acrobatics of the men’s dances, the lyricism of the girls’, and the virtuosity of couples’
Gypsy Romance is a journey through time: from the present to the past and back again.
Though the world whose music and dance have been collected here has long passed, the
message it bears - that even today, in the midst of homogenised, superficial “global culture,”
we still have a culture that is uniquely our own - is eternal.
Gypsy Romacne demonstrates that this culture is both ongoing, and of great significance; that
it is still vital to our existence; that culture itself is one of the principal sources of identity, not
merely for Hungarians, but for all nations.
Music Director: László Kelemen
Director-Choreographer, Art Director: Gábor Mihályi
1. Hungarian Verbunk and Csárdás
2. Swineherds’ Dance and March
3. Kalotaszeg Legényes, Verbunk and Szapora
4. Transylvanian Roma Folksongs – orchestral performance
5. Bagpipe Dance
6. Girls’ Ring Dance from Upper Hungary
7. Keserves és Csingerálás – orchestral performance
8. Dances from Rábaköz
1. Székelyföld forgatós
2. Jew’s Harp Dance
3. Ocsova figurázás
4. Ballad – cimbalom performance with vocals
6. Sárköz Ring Dance
7. Famed Hungarian Csárdás Music – orchestral performance
8. Dances from the Banks of the Küküllő