The 2016/17 season of the Hungarian National Ballet

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The only classical ballet company of Hungary, the Hungarian National Ballet (resident at the Hungarian State Opera) is proud to announce its 2016/17 season. With over 120 performances throughout the season, fans of classical balett and contemporary dance performances are offered a wide selection in popular repertoire pieces and new productions at the Opera House and the Erkel Theatre.


Johan Inger – Tom Waits: Johan Inger's Walking Mad
Hungarian premiere – part of the programme KYLING IT (see below)

Marius Petipa – Alexander Gorsky – Michael Messerer – Ludwig Minkus: Don Quixote

Anna-Marie Holmes – Tamás Solymosi – Adolphe Adam: Le corsaire
For the first time at the Hungarian State Opera

Pál Frenák – Béla Bartók: The Wooden Prince
Part of the programme Bartók DanceTriptych (see below)

Zsolt Juhász – Béla Bartók: Dance Suite
Part of the programme Bartók DanceTriptych (see below)

Marianna Venekei – László Dés: A Streetcar Named Desire
World premiere


Wayne Eagling – Tamás Solymosi – Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker

Rudi van Danztig – Toer van Schayk – Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake

Sir Kenneth MacMillan – Jules Massenet – Martin Yates: Manon

John Cranko – Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky – Kurt-Heinz Stolze: Onegin

Gyula Harangozó Jr. – Tibor Kocsák: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

László Seregi – Aram Ilyich Khachaturian: Spartacus

Lilla Pártay – Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky – Zoltán Rácz: Anna Karenina

    Pál Frenák – Béla Bartók: The Wooden Prince (premiere)
    Zsolt Juhász – Béla Bartók: Dance Suite (premiere)
    László Seregi – Béla Bartók: The Miraculous Mandarin

    Dóra Barta: Planet in Turmoil
    Béla Földi – Solaris: The Martian Chronicles

KYLING IT – Modern ballet recital in three parts
    Johan Inger – Maurice Ravel – Arvo Pärt: Walking Mad
    Jiří Kylián – Johann Sebastian Bach: Sarabande
    Jiří Kylián – Steve Reich: Falling Angels
    Johan Inger – Tom Waits: Johan Inger's Rain Dogs (Hungarian premiere)

Sir Elton John – Lee Hall: Billy Elliot – The Musical

Special events:

Third Iván Nagy International Ballet Gala – 4 February 2017

Each year an international ballet gala night is organised, in which soloists from the greatest ballet companies in the world (such as the Royal Ballet, the English National Ballet, the Bolshoi, the Paris Opera or the HET National Ballet) join the artists of the Opera’s ballet ensemble to pay tribute to the memory of the internationally renowned ballet dancer who passed away in 2014.

Pas de quatre '17 – 4 March 2017

On the special night entitled Pas de quatre ’17 top ballet companies of Hungary (Ballet Company of Győr, Ballet Pécs, and Szeged Contemporary Dance Company) join the Hungarian National Ballet to impress audiences with the latest modern choreographies. 

DanceTrend '17 – 3 March 2017

DanceTrend ’17 gives the opportunity for contemporary artists and independent companies to show their talents as well as a young choreographer of the Hungarian National Ballet to present their new piece.

Hungarian National Ballet

General Director: Szilveszter Ókovács
Ballet Director: Tamás Solymosi
Head Ballet Master: Marianna Venekei
Artistic Advisor: Maina Gielgud