European Dance Caravan

EUROPEAN DANCE CARAVAN
Unity of traditions without uniformity
Dance Theatre Co-production


 

 

 The project – lead by the BM Duna Art Ensemble- was carried out in the cooperation of eight nations: Hungary, Cyprus, Finland, Greece, Italy, Poland, Romania and Spain promoted by “Culture 2000” programme of the European Union.
The dance and music artists of the eight countries created a unique dance theatre composition in artistic co-production on the basis of authentic traditions. Besides presenting the own folklore heritage of the individual nations in the dance scenes most parts were showed in joint performance of the international team. It carried the message of entity without uniformity.
The dance production – in the framework of the one year long project (October 2004-October 2005) – was performed in all co-organising countries at world festivals.
The dance-theatre piece acted like an imaginary caravan traveling around Europe disseminating the good practice of tradition and innovation.

 

 The groups that took part in the European Dance Caravan were:
BM DUNA ART ENSEMBLE (BUDAPEST-HUNGARY)
AKRAGAS FOLK GROUP (AGRIGENTO-ITALY)
OTTOSET FOLK DANCE AND MUSIC GROUP (KAUSTINEN-FINLAND)
INSTITUTO EUROPEO PARA LA PROMOCION DEL FOLCLORE Y LA DANZA (ALMERIA-SPAIN)
EL.KE.LA.M. HELLENIC DANCE ENSEMBLE (ATHENS-GREECE) HAROMSEK FOLK DANCE GROUP (SF. GHEORGE-SEPSISZENTGYORGY-ROMANIA)
FOLK DANCE ENSEMBLE OF MARIA CURIE-SKLODOWSKA UNIVERSITY (LUBLIN-POLAND)
PISSOURI FOLKLORE ASSOCIATION (PISSOURI-CYPRUS)

 

 The programme of the shows of the European Dance Caravan was:

6-13 February 2005 (AGRIGENTO-ITALY)
10-19 June 2005 (BUDAPEST-HUNGARY)
1-6 July 2005 (LUBLIN-POLAND)
9-17 July 2005 (KAUSTINEN-FINLAND)
22-29 July 2005 (PISSOURI-CYPRUS)
15-22 August 2005 (ALMERIA-SPAIN)
26 September-2 October 2005 (ATHENS-GREECE)
10-14 October 2005 (SF. GHEORGE-SEPSISZENTGYORGY-ROMANIA)

  

Because of the European Dance Caravan’s great success the programme was presented again in

Agrigento-Italy (2006, 2007,2008)
Debracen of Hungary (2007)
Budapest (2008)
Pecs (2008).

 

 The programme of the European Dance Caravan consisted of the following dances:

1. «POLONES» from Poland
2. «PACALKAI» from Transylvania-Romania
3. «GINEKIOS ANTIKRISTOS» from Cyprus
4. «BALOS» from Greece
5. «CRETEN» from Greece
6. «MOLDVAI» from Transylvania-Romania
7. «MINUET, POLSKA» from Finland
8. «JUMPING DANCE» from Hungary
9. «GIPSY» from Hungary
10.«FANDANGO» from Spain
11.«DALLE QUE» from Spain
12.ORCHESTRIC BREAK
13.«CLAP» from Hungary
14.«TARANTELLA» from Italy
15.«SZATMARI» from Hungary
16.«WEDDING»
17.FINALE