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The Spinning Room; Psalmus hungaricus; Dances of Galánta

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Eiffel Art Studios: Bánffy StageÉszaki Műhely Kőbánya, Budapest, Central Hungary, Hungary
June 04 16:32, June 07 11:00
Hungarian State Opera
Michał ZnanieckiDirector
Luigi ScoglioSet Designer
Magdalena DabrowskaCostume Designer
Zsolt JuhászChoreography

The Spinning Room

Folk scenes in Hungarian, with Hungarian and English surtitles

A people can best be known through their folk songs,” claimed Zoltán Kodály, one of the crucial proponents of Hungarian music, whose main ambition as a composer, collector of folk songs and music teacher was to inculcate a love for Hungarian folk song and to cultivate a knowledgeable audience.

The Spinning Room is the epitome of Kodály's efforts. When the Opera commissioned a full-length version of the work from the composer in 1931, it wasn't an opera that Kodály intended to write – instead his aim was to re-discover the Hungarian folk song and relay its simple dramatic power.

Kodály was of Polish extraction on his mother's side. And now, breaking with convention, audiences will get the chance to see through the eyes of a Polish director, Michał Znaniecki, how a foreign artist perceives this quintessentially Hungarian work.

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