The Hungarian National Ballet, the 136-year-old official ballet company of the Hungarian State Opera, announces an online audition upon invitation for soloists and corps de ballet with contracts starting from 15 July 2020 or 1 October for soloists, and 15 July 2020 for corps de ballet (depending on the applicants’ work visa requirements). Applications by classically trained, professional male and female ballet dancers are welcome. Outstanding technique and qualities are a must.
Beginning with 1 July, guided tours are available again at the Opera House. English language tours take place daily at 2:00, 3:00 and 4:00 p.m. Tours in Hungarian are offered at 4:00 p.m. on Thursdays and 2:00 p.m. on Sundays.
Dear Visitors and Customers,
The management of the Hungarian State Opera would like to express their gratitude (also on behalf of the sales team) for the patience and understanding shown by their customers in the past weeks and without whom the institute would have no future. The artists and employees of the Opera are determined to do their best to reward all the love and trust once the epidemic is over.
(1904-1983) The choreographer, who can variously be described as Georgian, Russian, American and even Soviet, was born Giorgi Melitonovich Balanchivadze in St Petersburg. After developing a familiarity with the noble genre of classical ballet in the tsarist empire, he became renowned in the second half of the 1920s for the experimental choreographies – such as La Chatte (1927) and The Prodigal Son (1929) – he created for Sergei Diaghilev’s famous Ballets Russes. After the company disbanded in 1929, he became a freelance choreographer. In London in 1933, he was invited to the United States by Lincoln Kirstein to establish American ballet. This was no easy task, because there was no serious tradition of ballet on the American continent. After first founding his school, he then simultaneously formed his companies and created an American ballet style. In 1948, he founded his last company, the still-thriving New York City Ballet, which continues to preserve his legacy in its repertoire to this day. It was not only for the ballet stage that the versatile choreographer reserved his creative work: his oeuvre also features a few Hollywood films, including animated cinema, a Broadway play and even a production for elephants (Circus Polka). Using the 19th century Romantic-Classical tradition as a basis and inspired by the experimental Soviet choreographers of the 1920s, Balanchine created the genre of symphonic ballet, whose most prolific and significant proponent he remains to this day. In these plotless ballets, the choreographer emphasises the symbiotic relation between music and dance in such a way that the atmosphere and structure of the music is presented on stage as spectacle. For this, Balanchine also renewed the language of dance for this choreographic structure and created a neoclassical style, which was performed with extreme musicality and dynamism by his dancers. Music was present throughout Balanchine's entire life: he was an excellent pianist and later graduated from the conservatory. His lifelong friendship with Igor Stravinsky began in the 1920s, and he adapted more than 20 of the composer's musical works for the dance stage. Today, Balanchine’s body of work is tended by the Balanchine Trust in the United States.