Rehearsal period – Ottó Demcsák - Rehearsal contains not only technical movements but empathy and facial expressions.
Rehearsal period – Éva Afonyi dancer, 1999
Rehearsal period – Erika Horváth and Csaba Sebestyén dancers. Repeat it again and again.
Rehearsal period – Eva Hotova 1998
Rehearsal period – Gently moments showing emotions to tell a story.
Rehearsal period – Gizella Horváth's injured leg is in the masseur's, József Földesi's hands. Most dance companies employ physiotherapists, masseurs, on staff, but dancers' feet remain areas of private hell.
Rehearsal period – Erika Horváth has a new partner, György Krámer in the new theatre season.
Rehearsal period – Stealing seconds for rest during the hard training. Gizella Horváth dancer. A dancer is usually working 12 hours during 6 days a week.
Rehearsal period – Viktor Fülöp celebrated Hungarian dancer neglected for years by the State Opera House was invited as a guest star at the end of his career into Iván Markó’s new company.
The preparation – You don’t need real-life love to make great art, but the good relationship could help a lot. Balázs Pátkai and Szabina Cserpák share their life both on stage and at home, they married during their career at Győr Ballet.
The preparation – The presentation is an incredibly important part building the atmosphere of a performance. Stage make-up helps the dancer to completely immerse herself in the performance.
The preparation – Timea Pintér dancer
The preparation – Andrea Ladányi ready for stage
The preparation – Travelling with the company ia alwasy a challange. Nothing is in order before the performance, but everything fall in place finally when the curtain rolls up.
The performance – Backstage of the Nutcracker
The performance – János Kiss and Andrea Ladányi dancing as the Tristan and Iseult.
The performance – Scene from the Lovers of the Sun ballet. This was the first, the inauguration performance of the company which The Győr Ballet was born with.
The performance – The artistic expression of the Miraculous Mandarin's birth. The moment when the Girl (Barbara Bombicz) brings the Mandarin (Iván Markó) to life.
The performance – Iván Markó and Ottó Demcsák on stage in the Glowing Planets.
The performance – Backstage Zsófia Pirók and Judit Szalai
The performance – Balázs Pátkai and Ottó Demcsák
Curtain! – Guest dancers from the Moscow Bolshoi Ballet, Artemiy Beljakov and Darja Hohlova after the performance of the Nutcracker.
Curtain! – Hajnalka Szántai ices her sored leg after the performance. This kind of treatment belongs to the everyday life of a dancer. Next morning she will be in the rehearsal room again.
Curtain! – Just out of the stage with the first cigarette. János Kiss was a leading dancer and he has become the director of the company in 1991.
Curtain! – György Krámer back into the makeup room to unmask after the
In 1979 a graduating class of the State Ballet Institute of Hungary decided to stay together and found a company. They won Iván Markó to their cause, who said farewell to Maurice Béjart’s world-renowned company and became the leader of this company. Győr, a city near the western border of Hungary, offered a home for the group: on 2nd of November, 1979 with the performance: Lovers of the Sun the Győr Ballet was born.
During the so-called Markó’s era iconic performances (The Miraculous Mandarin, Bolero, Jesus The Son of God) were brought to life jointly with Markó’s creative companion, Judit Gombár, dramaturgist, costume and scene designer. The Győr Ballet has encouraged the emergence of a theatre visiting population, a regular ballet-goer audience who loves and understands dance.
János Kiss took over the management of the company in 1991 after the founding director had left. The company were able to revive and increase artistic standard year by year and brought about new success. Over the seasons, the company have worked with well-known choreographers.
The Győr Ballet has become a trend-setting company of the Hungarian dance scene. Their repertoire encompasses almost all genres of the art of dance from ballet to contemporary dance, from dance theatre to children’s productions. The company have played on many stages not only in Hungary but all over the world since their foundation: the audience of the Joyce Theatre in New York, the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, the Scala in Milano, as well as Vienna, Athens, Paris, America, Japan, China, India, Russia, Denmark and Israel applauded their performance.
I started taking pictures of the Győr Ballet right when they set up the company (1979) and I have been covering them ever since. Apart from the stage pictures, I would like to portray moments during the rehearsal, in the dressing rooms and after the performances. This is only possible if you spend a lot of time together and you do not disappoint them. You must gain their trust each and every time as they work with their bodies and so they show you everything. It is interesting to see, that since I started following them, there have been several generations of dancers who have retired, only the director has remained the same, first as a dancer, later as a director. Though the company is the same, the dancers keep changing. This requires a constant renewal from me. I have to approach again and again my subjects so that they feel my empathy and reward me with their trust. I am grateful for the opportunity to take these pictures for almost 4 decades.