In 1992, Imre Makovecz’s world-famous Hungarian Pavilion was built at the Seville Expo, and almost immediately became a national icon. The music for the pavilion was composed by Ferenc Kiss and became one of the emblematic works of the Hungarian world music scene. It was to this music and other successful compositions of the composer that the performance “The Seven Towers” was born.
But what are the Seven Towers?
“…in the depths of the Seven Tower lies the immeasurable treasure of which the Friend is the guardian; on certain nights he can be seen crossing valleys, walking with his head reaching up to the moon, and seeking the keys to the treasure… This treasure contains all that can be found in divine Hungary: golden trees, fruit, fire-brands, all kinds of animals, instead of wine, drinkable liquid gold, golden hens, laying eggs like gold, golden stones…” (Arnold Ipolyi)
The symbolism of the Seven Towers legend has appeared many times in Hungarian cultural history.
The folk culture, collective memory, and creativity of the Carpathian Basin, as well as the spiritual legacy of the great ancestors, are the treasures that the Seven Towers hold within their embrace of the towers of Vienna, Kassa, Munkács, Brasov, Novi Sad, Zagreb, and Maribor. Among these treasures is the oeuvre of Imre Makovecz.
It is no coincidence that the architecture and world music festival held in Makovecz’s buildings since 2002 is also known as the Seven Towers.
The Duna Art Ensemble’s dance-theatre performance entitled The Seven Towers is an attempt to express the complexity of the artist’s works and his way of thinking, who died 10 years ago this year, in the language of dance.
The Duna Art Ensemble, the Göncöl Orchestra, Péter Novák and Etnofon
Composer, music director: Ferenc Kiss
Music Editors: Péter Novák, Dávid Küttel
Costume designer: Erzsébet Túri
Stage design by JuZso
Choreographers: János Appelshoffer, Dezső Fitos, Jolán Foltin, Zsófia Horváth, Zsolt Juhász, Enikő Kocsis, Gábor Mihályi
Assistant dance directors Katalin Bonifert, Gyula András Soós
Special thanks to Lőrinc Csernyus and the Imre Makovecz Foundation.
Note: Please keep your tickets until the end of the performance!
We reserve the right to change the programme!