By creating ‘Highland Treasures’, the Hungarian State Folk Ensemble pioneers in presenting an overview of dance and music that originated from the ethnically diverse area in today’s Southern Slovakia. Béla Bartók, the world-famous composer and pianist started his work as an ethnomusicologist in this area. We concentrated on the cultural heritage of those villages where Bartók actually conducted his field research.
On the occasion of the anniversary, we can rediscover the genius of Béla Bartók. We focus our attention on an exemplary oeuvre and mentality leading us on the way of knowing folk music and folk dances as perfectly as possible, extracting our own up-to-date and live meanings.
Highland Treasures is the first part of the Bartók Trilogy. It is an authentic production, performed in a form that is the closest to the source. The following parts are going to pursue Bartók’s course from an inspiring model to a contemporary product, from the genuine to the abstract.
Music: Gergely Agócs
Choreographers and Dance Instructors:
Rita Furik, Richárd Kökény, Gábor Mihályi, Mihály Richtarcsik, Dusán Hégli, Anikó Lépes, Stanislav Marišler, Lindá Luptáková, Vladimír Michalko, Marianna Svoreňová
Lights/Setting: Péter Gerzson Kovács
Graphics: Bori Vilma Kovács
Costumes: Rita Furik
Chief Choreographers: Dusán Hégli, Gábor Mihályi
Assistant to Director: Gábor Mihályi
Director: Péter Gerzson Kovács
Conductor/Lead fiddler: Ferenc Radics
Dance Instructor: Richárd Kökény
Assistants: Beatrix Borbély, Katalin Jávor, György Ágfalvi
Artistic leader: István Pál Szalonna
Artistic Director: Gábor Mihályi