Karikázó, 1978. július - 1979. április (4. évfolyam, 1-4. szám)

1978-07-01 / 1. szám

Pontozó *78 hungarian folk dance festival •Hung. Scouts of New Brunswick, N. J. •Ungaresca Ens.N. Y. •Uj Var Children's Gr. •Vadrózsa Children's Group CALIFORNIA Combined group of members of various Californian Hungari­an groups fim Hungarian % folMmce Simposium Upon completion of all the regionalPon­­tozó '78 events, the following groups have been invited to participate in the final Fes­tival on June 17, 1978 in Passaic, N. J. : CANADA NEW YORK,N.J. •Kodály Ens./Toronto*Hungária Ens.N. Y. •Hungarian Scouts of Hamilton, Ont. •Szittya" Dancers of •St. Catherines, Ont i’Palotás"Ens. of Winnipeg, Manit. CLEVELAND Hung. Ethnic Group of Western Pa. Hung. Theatre and Dance Co./Clevel. Kinizsi Folk Dance Group The program on June 17th promises to be a very exciting and colorful event, as each group has a special profile in pres­enting Hungarian folk dance material. Pontozó '78 is being advertised through various channels: via mail, local Ameri­can and Hungarian radio stations , news­paper advertisements, Hungarian Televi­sion in New Jersey (channel 68) and of course through the multi-thousands of fly­ers printed for the occasion. The dance presentations are going to be evaluated by a Committee, headed by An­­dor Czompó (N.Y. State Univ., Cortland ), special advisor to Pontozo. In this position, he is going to be working closely with the members of the Committee: Gabor Bod­nar (N. J.), Margit Balogh ( Ca.) Judith Gorondy (N.J) Zsuzsa Hamrán (Canada ), Mária Molnár (N.Y.), János Tokay (N. Y.). György Müller from West Germany, dir.of Bokréta Ens. in Köln was not able to ac­cept the invitation to serve in the commit­tee due to a previous obligation for the entire summer. This year, Pontozo is in the fortunate position to have Mr. Károly Falvay from Budapest as honorary chairman. As a former director of the "Vadrózsák" En­semble, choreographer of numerous beau­tiful stage dances, researcher of valuable authentic material and an estimable hu­man being, he will be able to give his ex­pert opinion and advise to the groups and to the organizers of the three years old Festival. Initially, he has been invited by the NY. Hungária and the Toronto Kodály ensem­bles to teach at the First Hungarian Folk Dance Symposium and to work with these and other groups desiring to do so. The First Hungarian Folk Dance Sym­posium, as its name suggests is indeed a major milestone in the rugged history of Hungarian folk dancing in America. Be­sides Mr. Falvay, its also features Tekla Dömötör, professor of folklore at the Eöt­vös Lórand University of Sciences in Bu­dapest. At deadline however, her journey and participation is still uncertain, be­cause of the tremendous burden of extra work laid upon her following the death of Gyula Ortutay, academist. The Symposium, besides offering a rich, expert program in HungarianfdkLore, will also mark the official establishment cf the American-Hungarian Folklore Centrum.A section of the American-Hungarian Educa­tors' Association, it is dedicated to the propagation, collection and preservation of Hungarian folk culture in the U. S. Co-directors of the Symposium: Margit Balogh . regional director of Pontozó' 78 Westfrom Los Angeles , Kálmán Dreiszi­ger, regional dir. of Canadian Pontozó' 78 and dance dir.of Kodály Ens. fromToron­­to, István Soltay, regional dir. of Md-Vést­em Pontozó '78 and former dir.of the Hungarian Theatre and Dance Co. from Cleveland, Judith Magyar, editor ofKari­­kázó and artistic co-dir. of the Új Var Children's and the Hungária Ens. from NJ. Mariann and László Horváth, dir, of the Hunor Ens. from Montreal and Kálmán Magyar, dir. of Pontozo '78 and artistic dir. of Hungária Ens. from N. J. In their presencejgroundrules, immediate and dis­tant-future goals will be discussed and decided. As of now, the regular official publica­tion of the Centrum is Karikázó Newslet­ter. Final information, new developments regarding the Centrum and Karikázó will appear in the October issue, as will full reports of the results, evaluations,photog­raphs of Pontozo '78 and an account about the Symposium. J. M. _________________________________________________________________. The Vadrózsa Ensembleof Calga­ry, Alberta in Canada, has started a very useful and nice practice in February of this year by commencing to publish a newsletter in Hungarian. Very appropria­tely titled "Vadrózsalevél11 or "Wild Rose Leaf", the newsletter informs its mem­bers, supporters and the public of the e­­vents and activities of the group. From the February and April, 1978 is­sues the reader can learn some interest­ing statistics: that the group was formed three and a half years ago;that up-to-date 22 girls and 21 boys have been members; that since the beginning to the end of 1977 about 300 practices were held to­wards 47 public performances. Such da­ta is very essential to be recorded by any performing group . On June 4th, 1977 the "Vadrózsa" Ens. of Calgary, together with the Hungarian Chorus of Vancouver gave a concert at U- niversity Theatre. Their January 15, 1978 performance, witnessed by Norman Cafik multi-cultural ‘minister, largely contribu­ted to a $300, 000 grant to the establish­ment of a Hungarian Department at the U- niversity of Toronto. In March of this year, a delegation of "Vadrózsa" members travelled toVancou­­ver to see the Budapest Ensemble's show. Following the performance, the Szigeti and Kuzsel families > invited the visiting group from Hungary and the " Vadrózsa " delegation to their homes where conver­sation and improvised " dance practice " lasted into the early morning hours. Mr. Rada, editor of the newsletter and director of "Vadrózsa" thus reminisces about the evening: "The mutual heritage, language, interest and service to Hunga­rian culture united Hungarians of New York, Calgary, Vancouver and Budapest in this interesting and memorable event. " For the "Vadrózsalevél" Newsletter write to: Tibor Rada, 5639 Travis Cres­cent, N. E. Calgary, Alberta,CanadaT2K 3Wl 2 * to lefti'Vadrózsák" girls in costume of Kalocsa below: Kállai Kettős HUNGARIAN STUDIES NEWS HUNGARIAN RESEARCH CENTER AMERICAN HUNGARIAN FpUNDATION 177 Somerset Street P.O. Box 1084, New Brunswick, NJ 08903 The Kodály Musical Training Institute moved to new quarters. Its new address is 23 Main Street, Watertown, Mass.(2172.The Institute, under the presidency of David Jenness, is committed to teacher training curriculum development, educational re­search and dissemination of the Kodály method. It has close ties with the Kodály Institute at Kecskemet and with the facul­ty of the Liszt Academy in Budapest.Mrs. Kodály continues to support the program, (see article on the Institute, Karikázó, voL 3. no. 1., July 1977) The Kodály Center of America, under the direction of Denise Bacon, has also changed its address to 1326 Washington St West Newton, Ma. 02165. It announced the following faculty appointments cf Hungari­an master teachers: Klára Nemes (Zoltán Kodály Pedagogical Inst, of Music,Kecske­­met;) Ernő Lendvay(Liszt Academy) Helga Szabó (author of The Kodály Concept of Education) Lilla Gábor(Z. Kodály Inst, of Kecskemét)Eva Vendrei(Z. Kodály School, Budapest) Eva Sipos (Bartók Conservato­ry, Budapest). ... 0 cont'd. on p. 3

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