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Celebratory Dance Performances on Nagyerdei Open-Air Stage

If you enjoy ballet and dance in general then there are two dates to bookmark in the coming months. The performances are to be held on the Nagyerdei Open-Air Stage thus minimizing Covid-19 risk.

Firstly, in August there is an adaptation of Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina by the Ballet Company of Győr, and in September an adaptation of Wass Albert’s “The Witch of Funtinel” by the Debrecen Folk Ensemble.

Anna Karenina – 23rd August

Firstly, in celebration of the 40th anniversary of their foundation, the internationally acclaimed Ballet Company of Győr once again graces the stage of the Nagyerdei Open Air Theatre with their mesmerisingly sumptuous dance theatre adaptation of Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy’s immortal 1878 novel Anna Karenina.

A bachelor, Vronsky is eager to marry Anna if she will agree to leave her husband Karenin, a senior government official, but she is vulnerable to the pressures of Russian social norms, the moral laws of the Russian Orthodox Church, her own insecurities and, also, Karenin’s own indecision. Although Vronsky and Anna go to Italy, where they can be together, they have trouble making friends. Back in Russia, she is shunned, becoming further isolated and anxious, while Vronsky pursues his social life. Despite Vronsky’s reassurances, she grows increasingly possessive and paranoid about his imagined infidelity, fearing her own loss of control…

The Ballet Company of Győr is an inseparable part of the Hungarian dance world today. Their repertoire covers nearly all genres of dance from classical ballet to modern dance, from dance theater to children’s productions. Since they were founded they have travelled the world, performing in New York’s Joyce Theater, Queen Elizabeth’s London Hall, Milan’s Scala, Vienna, Athens, Paris, as well as touring across America, Japan, China, India, Russia and Denmark.

Performed by the Ballet Company of Győr and featuring the Students of the Győr School of Dance and Fine Arts


Assistant: Zsuzsa Jónás
Music: Max Richter (montage)
Set Designer: Mara Bozóki
Costume Designer: Rita Velich
Costume Maker: Gabi Győri
Dramaturg: Alexandra Csepi

Choreographer: László Velekei

Gates open at 7:30pm.

Photos: László Ambrus

Ticket price: 5.900 HUF / 5.400 HUF / 4.900 HUF / 4.400 HUF
(Please note that on every ticket a 500 HUF discount will automatically be applied until 05. July 2020.)

Date: Sunday 23 August 2020, 8.00pm
Duration: 110 mins (including one interval)
(supplementary date in case of bad weather: Monday 24 August)

Great Forest Outdoor Games – FIRE LILY. Friday September 11th.

A mystical dance play in a part. In PREMIERE Wass Albert’s highly successful novel “The Witch of Funtinel” is shown in a brand new dance stage adaptation by the Debrecen Folk Ensemble. The ensemble won the title of Eternal Outstanding Ensemble in According to the national book entitled “The Great Book”, the now staged version of the 11th most popular Hungarian novel faithfully follows the mythical story of Nuca, the Transylvanian fairy-witch, becoming an adult and waking up to her own magic power and tragic fate.

It brings to life its folk singing and solo guest artists, as well as the Bürkös Orchestra, which has been recognized with several quality awards, through its dance company, it unites both children’s, youth, and adult classes.

Vilmos Hercz, the Young Master of the Folk Art Award-winning director-choreographer – the Thirteen Apple Tree and Széki Dance Stories on the Nagyerdei Outdoor Stage, presented in previous years, and then played with great success both at home and abroad, and dreamed up a theatrical theater performance based on Romanian musical styles and dances, which fruitfully combined the regions and folk cultures of historical Hungary on an acoustic and visual level.

The latest big stage performance of the ensemble from Debrecen, which was the last guest in Israel and Turkey and this year also celebrates its 70th anniversary, will be characterized by a colorful cavalcade of frantic character and total dances, as well as brand new costumes made with handicrafts.

With the participation of the Debrecen Folk Ensemble and the Bürkös Orchestra Director-choreographer: Vilmos Hercz, Young Master of Folk Art Prize winner You can view the rain regulations for the performance here. * For more information on discounted ticket purchase, click here.

We kindly ask you to keep the purchased tickets until the end of the performance.

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Tickets can also be purchased in person at Kölcsey Cultural Centre, Apolló Cinema and Karakter 1517 Bookstore in Debrecen.

Please note that the Promoters reserve the right to alter and amend the advertised programme and/or its artistes.