Virtus – National Dance Theater
Virtus is an outstanding combination of circus, contemporary and folk dance with live music. A great caricature of a typical Hungarian mentality, expressed through the story of a disheveled circus troupe and it’s proud members. With romantic scenes from love affairs between stilts, aerials and dance, conflicts and cock reasoning in a folk dance battle, drunken folk dance on stilts, to parcours, clowns having trouble with a table – all based on impressive acrobatics and sarcastic humour. It is played with extraordinary, dynamic and sometimes very heartwarming Hungaro-Balkanian live music, which plays a very important part in building up this indisputably sweet and sour Hungarian spirit.
After working in different fields of the performing arts Eva got inspired by the relationship of theatre with circus, acrobatics and live music. From her early days on, as an emerging artist she has seen the potential of bridging abstract contemporary dance and mainstream shows. In 2013, she brought Virtus to life, the very first contemporary circus and dance show in Hungary. Since then, it has been one of the most popular shows on the company’s repertory. The production builds on a fusion of modern dance scenes and spectacular circus acts, which fit together smoothly in Eva’s theatrical dramaturgy. It is a perfect first step into the world of contemporary theatre, filled with entertaining and surprising elements.
Performers: Júlia Gaál, Réka Rácz, Zsófia Zoletnik, Orsolya Vitárius, Áron Máté, Márton Csuzi, Gábor Ivanov, András Mező, Zoltán Grecsó, Milán Újvári, Mátyás Szabó, Ábrahám Kecskés
Composer: Edina Szirtes, Péter Kunert
Musicians: Edina Szirtes, Gábor Földes, Balázs Cserta, Ferenc Kovács
Light designer: Ferenc Payer
Choreographer’s assistant: Beatrix Csák
Circus trainers: Linda Sanders, Gergely Kiss, György Kecskés, Tamás Kovács, Rolland André
Circus equipments: Tamás Vladár
Choreographer: Eva Duda
Photo: Dániel Dömölky