The Pro Contemporary Ballet Foundation

The Pro Contemporary Ballet Foundation was established in Szeged in 1993.

It aims to enhance popularity of and develop contemporary dance culture in Hungary, especially by supporting operation of the Szeged Contemporary Ballet. 
Since its establishment, a large number of cultural events were held thanks to the support of the foundation.

Some significant events from the activities of the Pro Contemporary Ballet Foundation:

  • From 9-16 July 1995 the foundation enabled the Szeged Contemporary Ballet to participate at the Karmiel International Dance Festival (Israel)
  • Supported guest performances of the Szeged Contemporary Ballet on 9 October 1995 at the Merlin Theatre and on 8 December 1995 at the Sopron Petőfi Theatre
  • Financed the guest appearance of the Szeged Contemporary Ballet in Kassel and Weinfelden (Germany) in October 1995
  • Financed the guest appearance of the Szeged Contemporary Ballet in Linz 21-24 March 1996
  • Financed the production of „The Dust” by Anita Kovács and Kata Péntek
  • In joint organization of the Pro Contemporary Ballet Foundation and the MASZK Association, supported the appearance of the Szeged Contemporary Ballet at the THEALTER ’96 Festival in the Old Synagogue of Szeged 1-2 June 1996
  • Financed the travelling costs of the Szeged Contemporary Ballet to appear in Nurnberg 3-7 June 1996
  • Supported guest appearances of the Szeged Contemporary Ballet in Warsaw in June 1996 and in Roveretto (Italy) 6-8 September 1996
  • Financed the purchase and installation of sound technical equipment of the Ballet room of the Szeged National Theatre and took part in financing the development of the lighting equipment of the theatre
  • Financed the guest appearance of the Szeged Contemporary Ballet in Linz in February 1997
  • Supported the Szeged National Theatre in organizing an opening stage production (Étienne – Fractions) of the Szeged Contemporary Ballet 4 April 1997
  • Financed guest appearance of the Szeged Contemporary Ballet in Tatabánya, invited by the House of Public Education Kht. to perform the piece called Homo Ludens by Tamás Juronics
  • Financed the productions called Homo Ludens and Icing of the Szeged Contemporary Ballet on 17 March 1997 at the Sopron Spring Festival
  • Financed the appearance of the Szeged Contemporary Ballet at the Budapest National Theatre on 27 March 1997 within framework of the Budapest Spring Festival, co-produced by the Dance Forum and the Pro Contemporary Dance Foundation
  • Supported guest appearance of the Szeged Contemporary Ballet invited by the Pozsony (Bratislava) Hungarian Institute in Pozsony on 16 May 1997
  • Financed guest appearances of the Szeged Contemporary Ballet showing the “Mudman” in Heilbronn in June 1997 and in Kassel in July 1997 (Germany)
  • Financed making a werk-film of Étienne-Fractions, a production of the Szeged Contemporary Ballet (the film was shown by several Hungarian commercial TV channels)
  • Financed the Étienne-Fractions production of the Szeged Contemporary Ballet performed at the Philip Morris gala award ceremony at the Szeged National Theatre in 1997
  • Financed participation of the Szeged Contemporary Ballet at the “Dancers for Dance Art” gala evening held at the Hungarian State Opera House in October 1997
  • financed guest appearances of the Szeged Contemporary Ballet at the Sarajevo Winter Festival ’98, the Warsaw Hungarian Days ’98 and in London in 1998
  • the Pro Contemporary Ballet Foundation organised appearance of the Szeged Contemporary Ballet at the Expo 98 in Lisbon in August 1998 where the Szeged Contemporary Ballet was a prominent part of the delegation sent by the Hungarian Government
  • financed stage productions of the Szeged Contemporary Ballet in Szeged on 13 November 1998 and 11 March 1999, and in Budapest on 14 March 1999 (the latter in co-production with the Budapest Spring Festival)
  • supported the guest appearance of the Szeged Contemporary Ballet on 3-5 December 1998 in Budapest at the TRAFÓ House of Contemporary Art
  • supported the guest appearance of the Szeged Contemporary Ballet on 21 December 1998 in Eger, within framework of the Atellana Dance Season
  • organised an open training with Joseph Tmim and Tamás Juronics as trainers from 19 to 21 February 1999 in Szeged
  • organised the Ludwigshafeni (Theater im Pfalzbau) appearances of the Szeged Contemporary Ballet from 16 to 20 March 1999
  • co-supported the guest appearance of the Szeged Contemporary Ballet on 27 March 1999 in Kecskemét at the World Day of Theatre events
  • organised an open training with Myriam Naisy and Éva Gálik as trainers in May 1999 in Szeged
  • financed guest appearance of the Szeged Contemporary Ballet in July 1999 at the Tanzfestival NOMADS in Giessen, Germany
  • enabled participation of the Szeged Contemporary Ballet at the Dance Palette Gala Evening of the Hungarian Opera House on 11 October 1999
  • supported participation of the Szeged Contemporary Ballet at the Budapest Autumn Festival with the production The Whisper of Angels / The Miraculous Mandarin (23 October 1999 Thalia Theatre), and supported the guest appearance on 12 November 1999 (Thalia Theatre) in Budapest
  • financed guest appearance of the Szeged Contemporary Ballet in Knokke and in Brussels in Belgium within framework of the EUROPALIA HUNGARIA ’99 Festival
· organised and financed guest appearance of the Szeged Contemporary Ballet on Stuttgart in December 1999
  • organised an open training with Joseph Tmim and Éva Gálik as trainers in December1999 in Szeged
  • financed the guest appearance of the Szeged Contemporary Ballet on 20 December 1999 at the Budapest National Theatre
  • financed the Stravinski Evening production of the Szeged Contemporary Ballet on 10 March 2000

June 2000 was a milestone in the life of both the Pro Contemporary Ballet Foundation and the Szeged Contemporary Ballet. As a result of the scandalous decision of the director of the Szeged National Theatre which was followed by outrage of both the public and the theatrical profession, the Szeged Contemporary Ballet became free from the institutional boundaries of the theatre. From then on, operational and programme organisational tasks of the company were taken up solely by the foundation, and in financing of the company apart from great support form the Self Government of Szeged County Capital, the company receives major support from the Ministry of National Cultural Heritage, the National Cultural Initiative, and several major companies and entrepreneurs.

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