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Ulf Gadd put on a revival of one of his choreographies from ten years ago for the corp de ballet of the Göteborg Opera. He is one of the choreographers who was tremendously successuful with the audience and professionals at the Mandarin Festival in Budapest.

Tango, Buenos Aires, 1907, a play in two parts, was premiéred on November 9 and will be in the repertoire of the Göteborg Opera until January 17, 1997. "Dancing Tango means taking part in a religious ritual ceremony".

In the eighties, the choreographer and the scriptwriter Svenerik Goude, spent six weeks in Argentina to study the origins of Tango and examine it as a dance and life form in order to demonstrate how, by the turn of the century, this dance developed and became a symbol of attitudes to life, supressed feelings and social class-distinction. It was originally a couple-dance, danced by males outside the brothel or other public places. The choreographer stages this storí of a well-to-do Argentine bourgeois family, howewer he expresses his opinion about the contradiction of the Swedish and other Western bourgeois societies.

Hungarians in the World

Dénes Deák, formerly a member of the Hungarian State Opera and now that of the Göteborg Ballet Company was participating in the performances of Tango (we could also see him as one of the tramps in Mandarin by Gadd).

István Farkas, who graduated in 1993 by performing the pas de deux from Raimonda, contracted with the Opera in Graz after a year's commitment with the Hungarian State Opera. There he could soon dance in the role of the Prince in The Nutcracker. After his roles in classical and contemporary ballet choreographies as well as in world famous musicals, he is now rehearsing his new part, the male role in the peasant pas de deux and will appear in the Giselle revival in Graz on March 24. He would also like to participate successfully in the 4th International Ballet Competition in Luxemburg (see also the end of this column).

Petipa­Glazunov: Rajmonda , Gabriella Darvas and István Farkas

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The two-member strong contemporary ensemble, called Shaman Dance Theatre won the Grand Prix at the Breakthrough International Theatre Festival in Poland. Following the award distribution, Éva Magyar and Csaba Horváth, the creators and performers, will also début at an international festival in London and then appear in Chicago as guest-artist. Regarding the opinion of the critics, the genre they have created is neither dance, nor theatre, but something very special and original, demonstrating their potential as actress and folkdancers, too.

Ballet and Dance Competiton

The Austrian Dance Council (Der Österreichische TanzRat) will organize a ballet and dance competition for the second time for amateur and professional dance students and dancers between March 14­27. According to age groups, there are five categories at the competition. It is only in the first round that the presentation of a romantic or classical variation is compulsory. In the second round, competitors are allowed to present a choreography of jazz or modern character. In the "C" category, which includes children aged 6­10, participants are only allowed to perform in groups.

Deadline for application for foreigners: February 12, 1997.

Further information: ÖTR, A-1060 Wien, Lehargasse 9­11.


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The 4th International Ballet Competition in Luxemburg will be held between May 26­31. The age limit of the competitors is between 15­27, as specified by the International Ballet Association, the organizing board of the competition. It is only for the qualifying round that applicants are to chose and perform pas de deuxs from among the fifteen ballet pieces appointed to them. Patron of the competition is the Grand Duke of Luxemburg.

Deadline for applications: April 15, 1997

Address: International Ballet Association


41, rue Arthur Useldinger

L-4351 Esch-sur-Alzette


Tel.: (352) 55 54 55 or 54 72 64

Fax: (353) 54 74 94

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