GENEVA — In a special performance at the Smith Opera House on Oct. 29, Hungary's national dance takes center stage in a dynamic presentation: Csárdás — The Tango of the East, a colorful extravaganza of living history.
Set to fiery gypsy music, the performers and musicians of the Budapest Ensemble bring centuries of tradition to life in a whirl of color and movement.
Like the Argentinian Tango, the Csárdás symbolized the national cultural identity of its people, became the emblem of the revolution against foreign oppression, and was shunned by those in power. A cultural treasure that has been passed down through generations of Hungarian life, the Csárdás is kept alive through innumerable performances and cultural celebrations in Hungary and throughout the world.
Since its inception in 1958, the 35-member Budapest Ensemble has been preserving the spirit of Central European folk music and dance. Artistic Director Zoltán Zsuráfszki trains each prospective dancer until he or she is ready to tour with the group. The dancers are encouraged to travel to villages distant from Budapest and learn.
The performance will start at 8 p.m.; general admission tickets are $20 each, and may be purchased at The Smith box office, by calling (315) 781-LIVE (5483) or toll-free at (866) 355-LIVE (5483), or on-line at www.thesmith.org.