Hungarian National Ballet

Hungarian National Ballet (also known as Hungarian State Opera Ballet and Budapest Ballet).Hungary's leading ballet company which performs in Budapest's State Opera House and also in the city's Erkel Theatre. Its origins date back to ballet performances held at the Often Court Theatre and the National Theatre, but in its current form it was established in 1884 with the opening of the State Opera House. At first it was subordinate to the opera company and its early, rather parochial style evolved via the influences of Hungarian folk dancing and Russian ballet. Demands for higher standards led to the engagement of the Italian ballet master Nicola Guerra. He not only raised the company's technical and artistic levels but also choreographed nineteen works for the company between 1902 and 1915, including Adventures of Love (mus. Mader, 1902), Hungarian Dance Suite (mus. Liszt and Szikla, 1907), Prometheus (mus. Beethoven, 1913), and Games of Amor (mus. Mozart, 1913). After Guerra the company declined (though the Polish choreographer Jan Cieplinski created a couple of notable ballets) until 1937 when Ferenc Nádasi was engaged as ballet master. Under his regime technical standards rose dramatically (among the dancers he trained were Melinda Ottrubay and Ernö Vashegyi) and he also established a school within the Opera. Just as important was the emergence of Gyula Harangozó as a major choreographer. Scene in the Czárdas (mus. J. Hubay and J. Kenessey, 1936) was his first ballet on a national theme and he became internationally renowned for the ballets he created to music by Bartók, such as The Miraculous Mandarin. (See under Harangozó for list of works.) After the Second World War a new generation of dancers emerged such as N. Kovács and I. Rab, and in 1948 Charrat mounted Stravinsky's Jeu de cartes. In 1950 the Ballet State Choreographic Institute was founded (from which the company still takes most of its pupils) and during the rest of the decade many Soviet ballet masters were brought into the company to teach the Russian repertory, including Messerer, Zakharov, Lavrovsky, and Chabukiani. At first native artists like Nádasi and Harangozó were pushed aside, but then were re-instated as their quality was acknowledged by the Soviet authorities. During the 1960s and 1970s a new generation of Hungarian choreographers emerged including Imre Eck and László Seregi. The latter created many works for the company during the 1970s, some like Spartacus in the Soviet mould, others like The Cedar Tree more distinctively individual. Antal Fodor also created works for the company, introducing neo-classical and modern influences into its style, and during the 1970s the repertory also opened up to include foreign works by, among others, Ashton, Béjart, Balanchine, and Ailey. Since the 1960s the 120-strong company has toured regularly in Europe. Seregi was artistic director from 1977, Gabor Keveházi from 1990, and Gyorgy Szakály from 1992. Under their influence a new generation of Hungarian choreographers has emerged, such as Lilla Partay who created Anna Karenina (mus. Tchaikovsky, 1991), and Péter László who choreographed Derby (mus. Gyorgy Vukán, 1989). Political changes of the early 1990s have affected the funding of the ballet which has sought to stage productions in co-operation with the Opera company and with private funds.

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  • Antal, Tünde
    Classical Ballet / Corps de ballet
  • Apáti, Bence
    Classical Ballet / Soloist
  • Arany, Csilla
    Classical Ballet / Soloist
  • Arhangelski, Vladimir
    Classical Ballet / Principal
  • Asai, Yuka
    Classical Ballet / Soloist
  • Atinay, Dorottya
    Classical Ballet / Soloist
  • Bajári, Levente
    Classical Ballet / Principal
  • Bakó, Máté
    Classical Ballet / Principal
  • Balogh, Béla
    Classical Ballet / Soloist
  • Banka, Viktor
    Classical Ballet / Corps de ballet
  • Barna, Andrea
    Classical Ballet / Corps de ballet
  • Bedő, Dorisz
    Classical Ballet / Corps de ballet
  • Boros, Ildikó
    Classical Ballet / Soloist
  • Brieber, Éva
    Classical Ballet / Corps de ballet
  • Castillo, Dolores
    Classical Ballet / Soloist
  • Csernakova, Olga
    Classical Ballet / Corps de ballet
  • Cserta, József
    Classical Ballet / Principal
  • Csonka, Roland
    Classical Ballet / Soloist
  • Deák, Dóra
    Classical Ballet / Corps de ballet
  • Dienes, Ilona
    Classical Ballet / Corps de ballet
  • Dudás, Csilla
    Classical Ballet / Corps de ballet
  • Erdős, Andrea
    Classical Ballet / Soloist
  • Fehér, Edit
    Classical Ballet / Corps de ballet
  • Felméry, Lili
    Classical Ballet / Soloist
  • Fodor, Dániel
    Classical Ballet / Corps de ballet
  • Galambos, Lilla
    Classical Ballet / Corps de ballet
  • Gallai, Zsolt
    Classical Ballet / Corps de ballet
  • Gáspár, Orsolya
    Classical Ballet / Corps de ballet
  • Gefferth, Balázs
    Classical Ballet / Corps de ballet
  • Gikovszk, Sznezsana
    Classical Ballet / Corps de ballet
  • Glogovácz, Tamás
    Classical Ballet / Corps de ballet
  • Gyarmati, Zsófia
    Classical Ballet / Soloist
  • Hajdú, Péter
    Classical Ballet / Corps de ballet
  • Hegyesi, Gergely
    Classical Ballet / Corps de ballet
  • Higgins, Jaclyn Ann
    Classical Ballet / Corps de ballet
  • Hommer, Csaba
    Classical Ballet / Corps de ballet
  • Horváth, Adrienne
    Classical Ballet / Corps de ballet
  • Jellinek, György
    Classical Ballet / Corps de ballet
  • Juratsek, Julianna
    Classical Ballet / Soloist
  • Katona, Bálint
    Classical Ballet / Corps de ballet
  • Kazinczy, Eszter
    Classical Ballet / Corps de ballet
  • Kelsey, Ilona Scanlon
    Classical Ballet / Corps de ballet
  • Keveházi, Krisztina
    Classical Ballet / Soloist
  • Kirejko, Dimitrij
    Classical Ballet / Corps de ballet
  • Koháry, István
    Classical Ballet / Corps de ballet
  • Komarov, Alekszandr
    Classical Ballet / Soloist
  • Kőszegi, Katalin
    Classical Ballet / Corps de ballet
  • Kozmér, Alexandra
    Classical Ballet / Principal
  • Krupp, Anna
    Classical Ballet / Corps de ballet
  • Lajti, Gábor
    Classical Ballet / Corps de ballet
  • Leblanc, Gergely
    Classical Ballet / Corps de ballet
  • Lehotai, László
    Classical Ballet / Corps de ballet
  • Leon, Jessica Carulla
    Classical Ballet / Corps de ballet
  • Liebich, Roland
    Classical Ballet / Soloist
  • Lovisek, Eszter
    Classical Ballet / Corps de ballet
  • Macher, Szilárd
    Classical Ballet / Soloist
  • Marosi, Edit
    Classical Ballet / Corps de ballet
  • Medvecz, József
    Classical Ballet / Soloist
  • Merlo, P. Andrea
    Classical Ballet / Corps de ballet
  • Miklós, Dávid Kerényi
    Classical Ballet / Soloist
  • Morvai, Kristóf
    Classical Ballet / Corps de ballet
  • Nádasdy, András
    Classical Ballet / Corps de ballet
  • Nagy, Anikó
    Classical Ballet / Corps de ballet
  • Nagyszentpéteri, Miklós
    Classical Ballet / Soloist
  • Nemes, Zsófia Nagy
    Classical Ballet / Corps de ballet
  • Németh, Gábor
    Classical Ballet / Corps de ballet
  • Oláh, Zoltán
    Classical Ballet / Principal
  • Pap, Adrienn
    Classical Ballet / Soloist
  • Papp, Zsuzsanna
    Classical Ballet / Corps de ballet
  • Pártay, Rita
    Classical Ballet / Corps de ballet
  • Pávics, Judit
    Classical Ballet / Corps de ballet
  • Pazár, Krisztina
    Classical Ballet / Soloist
  • Pisla, Artemisz Bakó
    Classical Ballet / Soloist
  • Pőcze, Eszter
    Classical Ballet / Corps de ballet
  • Popova, Aleszja
    Classical Ballet / Principal
  • Purszky, Lilla
    Classical Ballet / Corps de ballet
  • Radinya, Dace
    Classical Ballet / Soloist
  • Riedl, Ágnes
    Classical Ballet / Corps de ballet
  • Rotter, Bianka
    Classical Ballet / Corps de ballet
  • Rotter, Oszkár
    Classical Ballet / Corps de ballet
  • Sarvady, Mátyás
    Classical Ballet / Corps de ballet
  • Sasvári, Laura
    Classical Ballet / Corps de ballet
  • Séra, Mónika
    Classical Ballet / Corps de ballet
  • Solti, Csaba
    Classical Ballet / Soloist
  • Somorjai, Enikő
    Classical Ballet / Soloist
  • Soós, Erika
    Classical Ballet / Soloist
  • Süveges, Nóra
    Classical Ballet / Soloist
  • Szabó, Viktória
    Classical Ballet / Corps de ballet
  • Szakács, Attila
    Classical Ballet / Soloist
  • Szegő, András
    Classical Ballet / Soloist
  • Szekeres, Adrienn
    Classical Ballet / Corps de ballet
  • Szentes, Máté
    Classical Ballet / Corps de ballet
  • Szeregnyi, Zsófia
    Classical Ballet / Corps de ballet
  • Szigeti, Gábor
    Classical Ballet / Soloist
  • Szirb, György
    Classical Ballet / Corps de ballet
  • Szűcs, Ildikó
    Classical Ballet / Corps de ballet
  • Tabbouch, Ali Viktor
    Classical Ballet / Corps de ballet
  • Tóth, Eszter Pataki
    Classical Ballet / Corps de ballet
  • Túri, Sándor
    Classical Ballet / Soloist
  • Újvári, Zsolt
    Classical Ballet / Corps de ballet
  • Varga, Judit
    Classical Ballet / Corps de ballet
  • Várkonyi, Zoltán
    Classical Ballet / Corps de ballet
  • Vdovicseva, Tatjána
    Classical Ballet / Corps de ballet
  • Végh, Krisztina
    Classical Ballet / Principal
  • Végh, Krisztina
    Classical Ballet / Principal
  • Vékes, Roland
    Classical Ballet / Corps de ballet
  • Venekei, Marianna
    Classical Ballet / Soloist
  • Volf, Katalin
    Classical Ballet / Principal
  • Vontszemű, Gabriella
    Classical Ballet / Corps de ballet
  • Weisz, Sára
    Classical Ballet / Soloist