III. International Dance Day Marathon, Merlin Theatre Budapest, 29 April

  • 28 Apr 2012 9:00 AM
III. International Dance Day Marathon, Merlin Theatre Budapest, 29 April
"Our last theatre program at the MERLiN: International Dance Day was introduced in 1982 by the International Dance Committee of the International Theatre Institute, a UNESCO partner NGO. The date was suggested to also commemorate the birthday of Jean-Georges Noverre (1727-1810), the creator of modern ballet.

"Our goal is to make International Dance Day become a joyful celebration for artists, the professional community and the audience just alike.” Composed in 2010, these words continue to reflect the spirit in which we think of this day. We consider this event a festival that serves as a testimony of the power and high standards of the profession as well as the love of dance.

After 2010 and 2011, we will organize again the International Dance Day Marathon, this popular event that attracted over 500 people each year. Following former principles, this year's festival venue also offers numerous dance genres an opportunity to introduce themselves on this day, creating an overview of today's Hungarian dance scene.

The event hosted Finish guest Tommi Kitti & Com in 2010 and Norwegian company Elle Sofe Henriksen in 2011. 2012's program will also include an international guest to join Hungarian performers on the stage.

Some words about this year’s program plan:

In 2012, our invited international guest is Mart Kangro, whose performance entitled START. Based on a true story is supported by the Estonian Institute. Created ten years ago, the acknowledged show was restaged at the international POT Tallinn Festival in 2011, then travelled to New York last autumn. The choreographer will also create a short performance especially for this event that will be shown outside Akvárium Klub in Budapest.

This performance will be the Saturday night opening act of the festival, then on Sunday morning the Marathon continues on this site offering open air dance instructions. At 15.00 pm, a spectacular passage will create a link between the two venues, and the program continues at MERLIN Theatre from 16 pm with over twenty shows and performances. For this day, the theatre court will turn green where visitors can taste a unique picnic-like atmosphere.

Date: 29 April 2012
TIme: 00.00-24.00



00:00 Mart Kangro solo performance
00:15 Opening performance
12:30-13:00 Martenica Dance Company: Sumen Folk Dances
13:00-15:00 Octogon Dance Centrer (dance lessons and performances)
15:15 Walk to the Merlin with the Hungarian Movement Chorusline

Balogh Katesz Roma Dance Group: Gypsy Dance from Nagyecsed
Zadam Company: SOL°
Balázs Győző Református Líceum S.P.I.C. Students: Wait for Dawn

Zoltán Zsuráfszki Jr.: Creative KríziSom
Sivasakti Kalánanda Dance Theatre – Somi Panni Company: TálaMantra

Gera Anita
Klári Pataky Company: Butterfly Ballad
Ballet of Miskolc National Theatre: Adicto

Andaxínház: Last Tango in Paris
The Symptoms: Vote
Zoltán Grecsó: On the Hungarian Fallow
Artus – Goda Gábor Company

20:30 Mart Kangro (EST): START. Based on a True Story

Zero Ballet: The Middle of the Sound
Ferenc Fehér: EXIT ROOM
Eva Duda Dance Company: After

PR-Evolution Dance Company: Hawk Mating
Inversedance – Zoltán Fodor Company: Esther
Batarita Dance Company: Almond branch

Gangaray Dance Company
Company Krisztián Gergye: Trilogy Marathon
Central Europe Dance Theatre: Filter

10:30-14:00 Conference of the Independent Performing Arts Association
16:45 Lilla Emődi and Márton Csuzi: Schumann Café
17:30 Café de la Danse
20:00 Willany Leo Improvisation Dance Theater
21:20 FlamenCorazónArte Dance Theatre - Lippai Andrea: FlamenCorazon
22:15 Bea Egyed and Milán Újvári
00.30 Afterparty

Part of a former press release:

“The entire festival is characterized by the liberating spirit of the crowded audience’s enthusiasm, the flow of positive feedback, vivid communications, outbursts of laughter, wild applause and encouraging whistles at the end of performances: The guests of the International Dance Day Marathon are grateful to receive dancers' gifts. Hopefully, all participants soak up the great attention and love that radiates towards them." (6 May, 2010. - Ágnes Veronika Tóth: An Independent Dance Feast, Revizoronline.hu)

Ticket price: 29 HUF (valid for sites at MERLiN Theatre, while programs at Akvárium Klub are free of charge.)

Sponsor ticket prices: 290 HUF, 2900 HUF, 29,000 HUF, 290,000 HUF, 2,900,000 HUF

Supporters: MERLiN Theatre, Central Europe Dance Theatre, Eva Duda Dance Company, Estonian Institute, Estonian Ministry of Culture, Akvárium Klub, Budapest Local Government, NKA (National Cultural Fund), Revizoronline.hu

Venues: Akvárium Klub, 14 Erzsébet Square, Budapest, 1051 / MERLiN Theatre, 4. Gerlóczy Street, Budapest, 1052

We would like to express our special thanks to contributing companies that accepted our invitation free of charge, and to those who lent photos and videos to the organizers, like Gábor Dusa and Teatrumfotó. Furthermore, we would like to thank the Estonian Institute and the Estonian Ministry of Culture for providing support for Mart Kangro's invitation.

The organizers reserve the right of making changes in the program.

More informations: merlinszinhaz.hu

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