Song of the Stag
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Song of the Stag

Magyar Állami Népi Együttes

The stag is an ancient symbol of European cultural history – its shed and regrown antlers represent eternal restoration itself. He is the demon, the wizard, the fairy or king of the dead, who is capable of luring the hunter into a different world, into a new world.

We, hunters of the 21st century, who wish to move from the state of subjection to freedom, evoke a kind of mythical memory in the Song of the Stag. We encode its basic symbols into the language of music and dance, into lyrical phrases, we seek the heavenly replicas of the terrestrial transformation stories till finally – like thirsty people – we are able to enter our own sacred space. In order to cross the symbolic bridge of metamorphosis we must leave the old – the parental home, the beloved ones, the people, and, by taming its evidences, to recreate the usual patterns and be born again as ourselves.

We profess to the search, the constantly changing human condition, desires, the metamorphosis of man and woman, the turning points of the mind and the heart, transitory existence and timelessness. We walk into dance pictures, sing into choir pieces and form into music, the nutrition of the common roots slumbering in our depths. This we reveal.

This change is a gift, our journey to discover ourselves, a chance to be arranged into the world.

Death, birth, transformation, love, time and faith are eternal human issues. To be able to recreate himself man “does not drink from a glass, only from a pure spring”. The beginning and end are simultaneous: it is exactly this drama that creates the retaining power of our past which is coded in folklore, as the only chance for our spiritual renewal.

With the creative power of dance poetry, with the theatrical truth of the nascent and dying motion, we testify to this sacral transubstantiation, to this strengthening of faith, to the soul belonging to the world as Attila József’s heirs.

“He is sipping from the lake of the sky,
His glinting antlers shine –
The branches are its mirror
Its universe is the stars.”

Music composed by: László Kelemen
Choreographed by: Orza Calin, Dezső Fitos, Rita Furik, Enikő Kocsis, Gábor Mihályi
Costumes by: Rita Furik
Lighting and visuals by: Péter Kovács Gerzson
Dramaturgy by: Boglárka Prezsmer

Director-choreographer and artistic director: Gábor Mihályi

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