STORY

We roam the wide roads of Hungarian folklore, while being tempted by the diverse expressions of the universal dance culture. Caring about the unity of tradition and modernity, presenting pure authentic motions in a way that will attract the attention of any man from the street:
This is URBAN VERBUNK.

WHO ARE WE?

As the current leaders of Gödöllő Táncegyüttes (Gödöllő Dance Ensemble), which has been operating since 1992 and has been highly rated several times, we would like to provide space for modern folklore arts which are also attractive for urban youth. Our team plays a prominent role in the domestic folk dance scene, is regularly a guest of the most prestigious domestic and international forums and sports events. In 2017, we were present at the FINA World Championships and at the opening ceremony of the Judo World Championships.

EDUCATION, YOUTH PROGRAMME, COACHING
…because folk dance is cool…

Our main task at all times is to introduce children to the culture of folk dancing and folk music. Nearly 200 young people belong to our community divided into 5 groups, from kindergarten all the way to the final grade of high school. Our goal is to create an atmosphere of dance culture and value mediation in which the growing generations can find their roots and forms of expression as well, a place where “folk dance can be cool again”…

TRADITION AND MODERNITY – URBAN VERBUNK
…always having to go, always having to stay…

We believe that the values of the past can only be reliably represented if we form the folk dance of our time in a way that befriends the future. Going beyond conventionalism, we dare to create something new, combining old and modern Our goal is to “preserve the traditions of the modern age”, where the values of the past and the challenges of the present can be together in peace, where folk dance can be a contemporary genre! The professionally acclaimed dancers of our company are pulsating individual characters who are using high level dance virtuosity to bring the exceptional genre of folklore-theatre to life. Built on this high-quality and prospering base of youth recruiting, we established our professional company, a new brand in the scene of Hungarian dance theatre: URBAN VERBUNK.

JUDIT TÓTH & AHMED MOUSSA

… SOULPOWER …

JUDIT TÓTH – THE SOUL

  • Permanent jury member of the most prestigious domestic dance competitions
  • “Pest megye népművészetéért” prize winner
  • “Ki mit tud” winner
  • “Örökös aranygyöngyös” dancer
  • First place and gold rating in several choreographer competitions

MOUSSA AHMED – THE POWER

  • Holds the record of being the fastest folk dancer in the world
  • Harangozó Gyula prize winner
  • Junior Príma prize winner
  • Bezerédy prize winner
  • Danced as a soloist at some of the most prestigious events and locations in the world
    such as the New York David Kokh Theater, the Rio Olympics, the Beijing Parliament, and the English Royal Court.

TRAVELLING PERFORMANCES

TRADITIONAL FOLK DANCE SPICED WITH THOUGHT-PROVOKING ACROBATIC ELEMENTS

THE RÓZSA STORY

Urban Verbunk brings the life of Sándor Rózsa to the stage in a unique and powerful way. Lively rhythms, ultimate dynamics and boundless vitality are the hallmarks of the company’s performances. Ferenc Erkel’s lesser-known, set-to-music Szózat also plays a significant role in highlighting the historical authenticity of the performance.
This visual experience is made even more remarkable by the 7×4 metre LED-wall animation, which allows hundreds of people to dance simultaneously on the outstanding Hortobágy.
The outlaws, also drawn in comic strips, present their futuristic yet authentic world to the audience.

The main aim of the performance is to strengthen the identity of the Hungarian people and to promote traditional culture..

Choreographers, directors: Judit Tóth, Ahmed Moussa

DANCE IN THE AIR, THE FIRE AND THE WATER

DANCE OF THE ELEMENTS

Their special show combines fire and water, earth and air on the same stage.
But how is this possible? Well, with a pool filled with more than 2,500 litres of water, a flaming floor and sparking drumsticks, as well as a 40 square metre trampoline mat stretched out by nearly 350 steel springs.

About the show
… Forest fires, floods, air pollution, and industrial mining. We are in the final hours of the exploitation of the Earth, and the warning signs are becoming more and more pervasive in the daily life of the planet, yet we are not paying enough attention…
Though we live in a world governed by these 4 elements and are therefore endowed with four temperaments or emotional qualities. Hot temper and serenity, desire for freedom and conformity, courage and fear… traits and actions that characterise each person in different ways. However, all people are the same in one aspect: no one can live without these 4 elements, but only by and in them.

One way or another…
With fiery rhythms in our veins, soaring high in the sky or swimming against the tide, we brave icy waves, hoping that one day our feet will land again…
Hoping that our grandchildren will have the same opportunity as well…

Music: Miklós Szitha
Singing: Julianna Paár, György Ferenczy
Contributors: Máté Solymosi, Máté Vizeli, András Bognár
Scenery: DecorARTive
Costume: Janó Papp
Video graphics: Gergely Höltzl
Sound, light: Next Stage Team
Artistic directors: Judit Tóth – Ahmed Moussa

MISSION

BUILDING COMMUNITIES, TAKING ON SOCIAL DUTIES

According to the National Roma Integration Strategies, one of the main priorities of Hungarian education policy is that:
„… the child … should receive training throughout his or her lifetime appropriate to his or her abilities and talents, without that being influenced by prejudice or discrimination.

The principle above, and social inequalities form a defining motif for us as well, which we have highlighted in our project with the Parafonia Orchestra. Our stage shows and continuous trainings also focus on Roma inclusion with active involvement in several locations. We believe that culture is a bridge between generations and people from different social backgrounds. We are very much connected to the tools of the National Roma Integration Strategies, with a strong emphasis on cultural education and the involvement of local people (subsidiarity) and NGOs.

Our Philosophy: Not just case discussion, but concrete action!

SERVICES

TEAM CHEMISTRY TRAINING

… the company steps on stage …

We offer our unusual teambuilding training to large multinational companies, SMEs, who want to enhance their performance through unique and memorable situations.

Dance, as the oldest manner of self-expression, as well as doing it in pair form (which is the smallest indivisible unit of each team) is guaranteed to create unusual cooperative situations and unexpected successes, even for well-established teams. The great master of success and managing failure, dr. Gergely Kiss, a three-time Olympic champion water polo player, also helps this teamwork and talks about how to endure team failure and institutional success. In accordance with the customer’s requirements, we undertake the complete organisation of a team chemistry training of one or more days, including the provision of the venue, the meal and the program.

Contact

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Urban Verbunk

 

Address:
6. Szabadság Street
Gödöllő, Hungary
H-2100

E-mail:
urbanverbunk@urbanverbunk.hu

Booking:
booking@urbanverbunk.com

Phone:
+36 (70) 376 5373

Urban Verbunk
Gödöllő
Szabadság út 6.
2100
Magyarország
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