The company’s iconic piece was performed for the 18th year in this season and for the 300th time in Müpa. Tamás Juronics greeted the audience and surprised the dancers with a cake accompanied by András Pataki.
Carmina burana was rewarded with a standing ovation at the XV. Hungarian Dance Festival in Győr which was Szeged Contemporary Dance Company’s season closing event too.
According to András Pataki’s report 73 performances, 2 premieres, 9 repertiore plays, gala nights, open rehearsals, interactive theatre programmes, charity engagement and the trade’s most prestigious reward tipified the company’s 31st season.
The two premieres – Enrico Morelli’s coreography of Orpheus and Eurydice and Tamás Juronics’s dance drama, Credo has brought full houses and vocational success to Szeged Contemporary Dance Company. The repertoire included seven other plays which will keep on enritching the variety in the future. These are the following: Carmina burana – the most successful hungarian contemporary dance play of the last 18 years, Moderato Cantabile, The Rite of Spring, Absurdia, Wedding, The Four Seasons – Feminizma and The Nutcracker.
Performances have taken place 27 times in Szeged and 30 times at various venues in Budapest like the newly opened National Dance Theatre Budapest, Müpa, Várkert Bazár, Erzsébetliget Theatre and Újpest Cultural Centre and have also been watched by more than 20.000 people.
The members of the company danced 12 times during last year’s Christmas period in Álomutazó („Dream traveller”) mega production in BOK-Hall, Budapest directed by Tamás Juronics, seen by almost 50.000 viewers. The dancers took part in public audience meetings, organised interactive theatre programmes for stage lovers and held open rehearsals for students related to the latest premieres.
Szeged Contemporary Dance Company cooperated at several gala nights such as the Pas de Quatre dance gala, the National Cultural Foundation’s 25th jubilee and the Hungarian Dancers’ Federation’s 70th anniversary. They performanced at the National Dance Theatre Budapest’s opening ceremony which was trade’s most significat event this year and at Szeged National Theatre – their native theatre’s festive event celebrating it’s 135th anniversary.
The company accepted the invitation to numerous inland and foreign tours. Within our borders Keszthely, Pécs, Százhalombatta and Győr were their hosts. Across the borders they performed at the XVII. Partium Hungarian Days in Szatmárnémeti and opened the West-Balkan Cultural Year at the Atelje 212 Theatre. The company also took part in Infinite Dance Festival in Nagyvárad and in „The International Dance Theatres’ Festival (IDTF) OPEN STAGE” programmes at the Mościce Art Centre in Tarnów.
Szeged Contemporary Dance Company’s work and dancers were rewarded with the trade’s most prestigious prizes this year again. Herewith Zsófia Takács won the prize for the season’s best contemporary-modern female dancer, judged by the Hungarian Dancers’ Federation while Szandra Szigyártó recieved the Imre Zoltán-prize in Szeged.
Gabriella Bacsó, Zsolt Aradi and Tamás Hegedűs are taking a leave of the company to continue their dance or civil careers.
2019/2020 „Taleteller season”
Artistic director Tamás Juronics dramatizes tales for children and adults in the new season. The ballet tale of Sleeping Beauty is going to be the first premiere of the company at Szeged National Theatre and Müpa’s Festival Theatre in November followed up by Coppélia, a tale for grownups played at the Szeged National Theatre’s and the National Dance Theatre Budapest in February 2020. Some more tours on the horizon – the company first travels to Plovdiv, 2019’s cultural capital, after that they represent Szeged and Hungary at seventeen different cities in Mexico and finally they perform at the Cirque Royal Theatre in Brussels.