Hungarian State Folk Ensemble: Dreamtime

2011.04.22. 08:09


The symbolic meaning of dreams has been known since the dawn of history. In the archaic myths of peoples dreams represent reality.

The "small hidden doors" in the dreams of Dreamtime, however, do not open onto Jung's "primeval cosmic night." The "dream god" of Dreamtime is not the Hypnos of Greek mythology, and the performance is not a Freudian analysis of the psyche...

Dreamtime is a performance in praise of the dancer. In it, the dreams of its creators - or their supposed memories - of a world they have experienced, or believe they have experienced, come to life. In this way, they demonstrate their relationship with tradition, the secrets of the past and the diversity of the present.

Anything can happen in dreams. Dreams are magical. They open a passage between life and death, between reality and fiction. Dreams mirror our suppressed desires. A dream is a journey.

MÁNE: Álomidő
MÁNE: Álomidő

Nikola Parov has composed new works for the performance, drawing inspiration from Hungarian folk music, and from the folk music traditions of the Carpathian Basin and the Balkans in a broader sense, with a distinct emphasis on the musical culture of Hungary's eastern neighbours. The music of Dreamtime is deliberately eclectic: besides tradition, it also incorporates the post-modern and other elements of today's world music.

Following the best examples of modern folk dance adaptation, the scenes presented by the choreographers led by Gábor Mihályi run a plethora of changes in mood. The themes of the individual dance scenes are largely drawn from the folklore of the Carpathian Basin, which the creators have selected, condensed and stylized in keeping with the unforgiving rules of the stage. Each dance is assigned an additional emotional context, as well as added ideas and specific associations, so that it may become a means of expression of the emotions and thoughts of the modern person, and of individual or collective identity.

4 May 2011, 7.00 pm - Palace of Arts (Művészetek Palotája), Festival Theater