Danube Folk Ensemble
Founded in 1957, the Danube Folk Ensemble is one of the most popular professional groups in Hungary. The members of the ensemble are both excellent dancers and musicians. The Ensemble consists of 24 professional dancers and 5 musicians. The Duna Dance Workshop, working closely with the Duna Art Ensemble, gives opportunities for the creative experimentation and theatrical presentation of the hungarian folk dance. Göncöl Orchestra also gives individual concerts based on authentic folk music. The aim of the ensemble is to performgenuine dances with dynamism and style, and to create innovative dance-theatre pieces on these principles. In addition to establishing a distinctive style through the vision of their artistic director, Zsolt Juhász, the ensemble regularly works together with noted guest choreographers. Their work enhance the rich repertoire of the Danube Folk Ensemble.
The Danube Folk Ensemble`s repertoire includes some gems of Hungarian folk dance tradition, while the Hungarian folk music is faithfully interpreted by its musicians. Varied and broad, the repertoire provides for several full concerts which are unique.
The ensemble gives over one hundred performances each year, including weekly shows at the Duna Palota. (sitting map of the Duna Palota) Folklore and dance-theatre performances both in the theatres of Budapest and all over the country. Besides presenting its own repertoire, the ensemble has participated in various theatre productions such as János Vitéz - a musical tale, King Stephen, Attila - rock operas and the opera Dózsa György.
The Danube Folk Ensemble is consistently included in the events of the Ministry of the Interior and at celebrations of National Holidays. These performances take place at the Parliament building or the Buda Castle, and are usually shown live on national television. In the last 20 years the ensemble performed in England, Cuba, Poland, Australia, France, at the Sevilla Expo, in Finland, Romania, Austria, Switzerland and Italy.