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Béla Földi

Founder Director of Budapest Dance Theatre (1991)
Nationality: Hungarian
Place, date of birth: Budapest, 14.07.1958.
Biography

He started his classical ballet and jazz dance training in Budapest. Later he continued his training around Europe. His outstanding teachers consisted of: Jeszenszky Endre 1975-1985, Raza Hammadi – Paris 1985-1990.

As a student and dancer he worked together with: Raza Hammadi, Séan Curran, Glenn van der Hof, Neel Verdoorn, Marie-Laure Tarneaud, Amir Kolbenomy, Josepf Tmim, Vassili Sulich, Krisztina De Chatel reknown dancers and teachers.

Utilising his studies in modern dance; he mixes elements of ballet, jazz and limon technique to create his own distinctive style. In his unique method of training he focuses on the various energies and laws of physics effecting the body. He appreciates the practical anatomy of dancers together with their multi dimensional facilities, thus maximising their full potential. His methods therefore achieve very effective and outstanding results in dance education.

Over the years under his watchful eyes, countless amounts of his students became very successful in the industry, even receiving professional awards such as; Dóra Barta, Zoltán Fodor, Oktávia Szigeti – worthy artists, i.e. Harangozó Gyula - prize winners. More of his students teach at the Hungarian National Dance University, such as; Grácia Nagy, János Lakatos, Zoltán Fodor, Noémi Juhász-Hörcher and Dzsenifer Vattai .

Currently Béla Fölid is a senior lecturer at the Hungarian National Dance University. For several years, he has been the modern-contemporary dance course instructor; which is the professional course of the National Union of Dance Teachers and is accredited by the government.

With his work as an art educator, he provides valuable contribution that high quality art should become appreciated in public education and for those receiving basic cultural training.

It's essential to emphasize that besides his profession as a dance teacher and educator, he also achieves great success with his creations and high quality work of his dancers both at home and abroad, as the founding director of Budapest Dance Theatre, which he established over 25 years ago. It is extremely important to him that his company's repertoire should appeal to all age groups, therefore Budapest Dance Theatre's repertoire includes children's and youth pieces besides the adult ones. These achievements are honoured by many professional awards, like the Dance Festival Audience Award, as well as Béla Földi's personal accolades, including the Republic of Hungary's Silver Cross of Merit, the Harangozó Gyula Award, the Jeszenszky Endre Award, the Creator of the Year Award, the Bonis Bona Award.

Alexandra Sághy

Artistic director
Nationality: Hungarian
Place, date of birth: Egypt, El-Iskandariya, 05.03.1985.
Biograpghy

2006 - Dancer with Budapest Dance Theatre
2017 – Artistic Director for Budapest Dance Theatre


Education

  • Semmelweis university, faculty in physical Education and sports science - Full time teacher training under graduate course in health education 2008
  • Hungarian National Dance academy - Dance Teacher 2007


Awards, Scholarships

  • 2013 Best Female Dance Artist of the season Award
  • 2016 Viktor Fülöp, dance artist award
  • 2017 Viktor Fülöp, dance artist award
  • 2018/19 Hungarian National Dance Academy - Young Artisit Scholarship
  • 2019 Best Choreographer Award of the season, for her piece; Three Sisters


Principal Roles

  • Doze: Jiri Pokorny
  • Entre dos aquas: Entre dos aquas
  • Flabbergast: Gustavo Ramirez Sansano
  • Kislányom Anne Frank: Béla Földi
  • Száz év magány: Béla Földi
  • Bolero: Raza Hammadi
  • Sec: Lóránd Zachár
  • Mediterrán: Joseph Tmim


Choreographies

2018
  • Three Sisters: (Várkert Bazár) 22 March 2018. Later selected for the XIV. Dance Festival of Győr
2017
  • Three Sisters: (DEPO) 10. November 2017 – Study Work
  • The Taming of the Shrew (Pécsi balett): Assistant choreographer
2016
  • Chronicals from Mars: Assistant choreographer
  • Hundred Years of Solitude: Assistant choreographer
  • Balance – Off balance: (MOM Culture Centre) 29 September 2016
2014
  • My Daughter, Anne Frank: Assistant choreographer


Teaching Experience

From 2012, teaching assistant to Béla Földi at the National Dance Academy, dance teacher and rehearsal director.


Premieres as a Dance Artist

  • 2017 Talking About Us: Fernado Troya/Entre Dos Aguas: Robert North (National Dance Theatre)
  • 2016 One Hundred Years of Solitude: 2016 One Hundred Years of Solitude:
  • 2016 Red Glow: Béla Földi és Tihanyi László (Müpa Budapest)
  • 2016 Kronicals From Mars: Béla Földi (Theatre Erkel)
  • 2016 Doze: (NDT piece) Jiri Pokorny (Müpa Budapest)
  • 2014 My Daughter, Anne Frank: Béla Földi (National Dance Theatre)
  • 2013 Stravinsky insparations /Spring Sacriphice: Béla Földi /Lóránd Zachár /Raza Hammadi
  • 2012 Sec: Lóránd Zachár (National Dance Theatre)
  • 2011 Scattered Spirits / 20th anniversary (Müpa Budapest)
  • 2011 Giselle II: Amir Kolben, Lanserotte: Neel Verdooorn, Blues Story: Raza Hammadi
  • 2011 Mediteran: Joseph Tmim / Raza Hammadi
  • 2010 Body Landskape: Dali Touiti (National Dance Theatre)
  • 2010 Dance Moves: Lóránd Zachár / Joseph Tmim / Földi Béla (National Dance Theatre)
  • 2010 Visual Notes: Béla Földi és Vukán György (Opéra de Vichy)
  • 2009 Flabbergast: Gustavo Ramirez Sansano
  • 2009 Bolero: Raza Hammadi /Gaspard de la nuit, Concerto en Sol: Marie L. Tarnaude
  • 2009 The Time / Chocolate / Nutcracker / Snow White: Béla Földi
  • 2009 Lakatos János: A’capella


International Performances

  • 2018 Doze/ Bolero: Mexico Tour, Karlovy Vary, Brno
  • 2017 Doze/ Bolero / Balance: Genova, Firenze, Normandie, Limoges, La Réunion, Vienna
  • 2016 My Daughter, Anne Frank: Rome
  • 2016 Bolero: London, Vienna
  • 2016 Balance / Mur mur de la mediterranea / Bolero: Cluj
  • 2015 Boundless: Siena
  • 2014 My Daughter, Anne Frank: Warsaw, Bratislava, Brno
  • 22013 My Daughter, Anne Frank: Brno, Zagreb
  • 2011 Residence Programme: Munich
  • 2010 Bolero, Flabbergast, Confessions of a Choreographer: Dance Festival Bielefeld
  • 2010 Bolero / Visual Notes: Opéra de Vichy Vichy, Limoges, Moscow
  • 2009 Bolero: Mittelfest - Cividale



TÁNCMŰVÉSZEK

Dzsenifer Vattai

Nationality: Hungarian
Place, date of birth: Tata, 17.04.1992.
Biography

Joined to Budapest Dance Theatre: 2011


Education

  • 2005 - 2011 - Secondary School of Dance & Fine Arts - Győr
  • 2016 - Hungarian Dance Academy


Prize

Bronze Cross of the Hungarian Order of Merit


Choreographies

  • All mixed up: Joseph Tmim
  • Mur mur de la Mediterranée: Raza Hammadi
  • GisL2 (part): Amir Kolben
  • Bolero: Raza Hammadi
  • Chocolate: Béla Földi
  • Sec: Lóránd Zachár
  • Sacre du Printemps: Raza Hammadi
  • Imagine: Béla Földi
  • Flabbergast: Gustavo Ramirez
  • The Time: Béla Földi
  • Boundless: Péter Juhász
  • My Daughter, Anne Frank: Béla Földi
  • Gloomy Latitudes: Jiří Pokorný
  • Doze: Jiří Pokorný
  • The Animal that takes You: Fernando Troya
  • Balance: Alexandra Sághy
  • One Hundred Years of Solitude: Béla Földi
  • Entre dos aquas: Robert North
  • The Missing Link: Aurelie Mounier
  • Essence of the Senses: Gustavo Oliveira


Workshops

2007-2010 Nyári Tánckurzusok , Győr
2007-2010 Esély a Művészetre Nemzetközi Tánckurzus, Pécs
2011-2017 Nemzetközi Nyári Tánckurzus, Budapest Táncszínház


Teachers

Földi Béla, Raza Hammadi, Zachár Lóránd, Fodor Zoltán, Lovas Pál, Alexander Pereda, Kun Attila, Demcsák Ottó, Barta Dóra, Joseph Tmim, Neel Verdoorn, Juhász Péter, Bruce Taylor, Jack Gallagher, Martin Dvorak, Lucas Viellafond, Andrej Petrovic, Alice Valentin, Jiří Pokorný, Fernando Troya, Michael Lohr

Máté Mező

Nationality: Hungarian
Place, date of birth: Győr, 28.06.1996.
Biography

Joined to Budapest Dance Theatre: 2017


Education

  • Madách Art School
  • Hungarian Dance Academy
  • Kecskemét City Balett


Koreográfiák

  • One Hundred Years of Solitude: Béla Földi (2017 - Debrecen)
  • Nutcracker: Béla Földi (2017 - József Attila Theatre - Budapest)
  • Pinocchio: Béla Földi (2017 - Siófok, Nyírbátor)
  • Bolero: Raza Hammadi (2018 - Karlovy Vary, Brno, Mexico)
  • Sec: Lóránd Zachár (2018 - Depo Stúdió, Mexico, 2019 - Bielefeld)
  • Boundless: Péter Juhász (2018 - Depo Studio, Toscana)
  • My Daughter, Anne Frank: Béla Földi (2018 - Komló)
  • Doze: Jiří Pokorný (2018 - Brno, Toscana, Mexico, 2019 - Bielefeld, Panama)
  • The Three Sisters: Alexandra Sághy (2018 - Várkert Bazár, National Dance Theatre Budapest)
  • Around the World in 80 Days: Béla Földi (2019 - Depo Studio)
  • Clever Conversations: Béla Földi (2019 - Depo Studio)
  • Limits of Existence: Lóránd Zachár (2019 - National Dance Theatre Budapest)
  • Mother Holle: Béla Földi (2019 - Depo Studio)
  • Black and Light: Raza Hammadi (2019 - Depo Studio)
  • Black and Light: Raza Hammadi (2019 - Depo Studio)
  • Essence of the Senses: Gustavo Oliveira (2019 - National Dance Theatre Budapest


Workshops

2014-2018 International Summer Intensives, Budapest Dance Theater


Teachers

Antoine Thirion, Fernando Troya, Béla Földi, Joeri Dubbe, Joseph Tmim, Lorenzo Di Rocco, Raza Hammadi, Lóránd Zachár, Neel Verdoorn, Rebecca Bassett-Graham , Louis McMiller, Gustavo Oliveira, Angela Towler

Noémi Juhász - Hörcher

Nationality: Hungarian
Place, date of birth: Budapest, 24.02.1993.
Biography

Joined to Budapest Dance Theatre: 2017


Education

  • 2012 - 2015 - Hungarian Dance Academy - BA
  • 2015 - 2018 - Hungarian Dance Academy - MA


Choreographies

  • Mother Holle: Béla Földi, 2014
  • Nutckraker: Béla Földi, 2014
  • One Hundred Years of Solitude: Béla Földi, 2017
  • The Three Sisters: Alexandra Sághy, 2017
  • Pinocchio: Béla Földi, 2017
  • Doze: Jiří Pokorný, 2017
  • Bolero: Raza Hammadi, 2017
  • My Daughter, Anne Frank: Béla Földi, 2018
  • Boundless: Péter Juhász, 2018
  • Around the World in 80 Days: Béla Földi, 2018
  • Clever Conversations: Béla Földi, 2019
  • Limits of Existence: Lóránd Zachár, 2019
  • The Missing Link: Aurelie Mounier, 2019
  • Essence of the Senses: Gustavo Oliveira, 2019


Workshops

2012-2019 International Summer Dance Course, Budapest Dance Theatre


Teachers

Béla Földi, Raza Hammadi, Sághy Alexandra, Lőrinc Katalin, Somorjai Judit, Joseph Tmim, Juhász Péter, Joeri Dubbe, Lorenzo di Rocco, Zachár Lóránd, Neel Verdoorn, Angela Towler, Gustavo Oliveira, Bretus Mária, Fodorné Molnár Márta, Fodor Gyula, Castillo Dolores, Túri Sándor, Eichner Tibor, Szitt Melinda


Teaching

Budapest Dance Theatre - Elit Training Programme, Hungarian Dance Academy, National Team of Rhythmic Gymnastics

Lilla Jenei

Nationality: Hungarian
Place, date of birth: Szentendre, 24.02.1994.
Biography

Joined to Budapest Dance Theatre: 2018


Education

  • 2016 - 2018 : Apprenticeship Budapest Dance Theatre
  • 2016 - 2019 : Hungarian Dance Academy
  • 2013 - 2016 : Elite Training Program Budapest Dance Theatre


Choreographies

  • All mixed up: Joseph Tmim
  • Doze: Jiří Pokorný
  • One Hundred Years of Solitude: Béla Földi
  • Nutckraker: Béla Földi
  • Around the World in 80 Days: Béla Földi
  • Bolero: Raza Hammadi
  • Bach duett: Lóránd Zachár
  • The Three Sisters: Alexandra Sághy
  • Flabbergast: Gustavo Ramirez
  • Boundless: Péter Juhász
  • Mur mur de la Mediterranée: Raza Hammadi
  • Sec: Lóránd Zachár
  • Black & Light: Raza Hammadi
  • My Daughter, Anne Frank: Béla Földi
  • My Daughter, Anne Frank: Béla Földi
  • Tranzit: Lóránd Zachár
  • The Missing Link: Aurelie Mounier
  • Essence of the Senses: Gustavo Oliveira


Workshops

2013 - 2019: International Summer Dance Course, Budapest Dance Theatre
2016 - 2017: Monarchy Dance Workshop, Győr


Teachers

Béla Földi, Raza Hammadi, Olga Esina, Alice Valentin, Gyula Sárközi, Márta Metzger, Pál Lovas, Michael Kropf, Csilla Oláh, Giusi Santagati, Sándor Túri, Csaba Sebestyén, Yvonne Racz Key, Dóra Uhrik, Joseph Tmim, Lóránd Zachár, Péter Juhász, Jiří Pokorný, Andrej Petrovic, Fernando Troya, Michael Lohr, Alessandra Chirulli, Joeri Dubbe, Attila Rónai, Gustavo Oliveira, Neel Verdoorn, Grácia Nagy, Lucas Viallefond, Valentin Brunner, Zoltán Fodor, Dóra Barta, Melinda Budai, Katalin Lörincz, Angela Towler


Teaching

2018 –2019 Hungarian Dance Academy

Julien Klopfenstein

Nationality: French
Place, date of birth: Clermont-Ferrand (France), 13.07.1999.
Biography

Joined to Budapest Dance Theatre: 2019


Education

  • 2018 - 2019 – Apprenticeship Budapest Dance Theatre
  • 2015 - 2018 – National Superior Conservatoire of Music and Dance of Lyon, France (CNSMDL)


Choreographies

  • The Three Sisters: Alexandra Sághy
  • Bolero: Raza Hammadi
  • Boundless: Péter Juhász
  • Clever Conversations: Béla Földi
  • Limits of Existence: Lóránd Zachár
  • Doze: Jiří Pokorný
  • Mother Holle: Béla Földi
  • Nutckraker: Béla Földi
  • Pinocchio: Béla Földi
  • Around the World in 80 Days: Béla Földi
  • The Missing Link: Aurelie Mounier
  • Essence of the Senses: Gustavo Oliveira


Workshops

2019 : NDT Summer Intensive 19, Hague
2018 - 2019 International Summer Dance Course, Budapest Dance Theatre


Teachers

Béla Földi, Raza Hammadi, Lóránd Zachár, Angela Towler, Gustavo Oliveira, Cristina Gallofré Vargas (NDT); Karline Marion and Douglas Becker (Frankfurt Ballet), Caroline Broussard (Batsheva Dance Company), Denis Terrasse (Lyon Opera Ballet)

Salvatore Paonessa

Nationality: Italian
Place, date of birth: Catanzaro, Calabria (Italia), 16.01.1999.
Biography

Joined to Budapest Dance Theatre: 2019


Education

  • 2018 - 2019 – Apprenticeship Budapest Dance Theatre
  • 2017 - 2018 – Elite Training Program Budapest Dance Theatre
  • 2015 - 2017 – Ecole-Atelier Rudra Béjart Ballet Lausanne


Choreographies

  • The Three Sisters: Alexandra Sághy
  • Bolero: Raza Hammadi
  • Boundless: Péter Juhász
  • Clever Conversations: Béla Földi
  • Limits of Existence: Lóránd Zachár
  • Doze: Jiří Pokorný
  • Mother Holle: Béla Földi
  • Nutckraker: Béla Földi
  • Pinocchio: Béla Földi
  • Around the World in 80 Days: Béla Földi
  • The Missing Link: Aurelie Mounier
  • Essence of the Senses: Gustavo Oliveira


Workshops

2018 - 2019 International Summer Dance Course, Budapest Dance Theatre


Teachers

Béla Földi, Raza Hammadi, Lóránd Zachár, Angela Towler, Gustavo Oliveira, Michel Gascard, Tancredo Tavares, Carl Portal, Chris Mc Carthy, Jason Beechey, Jodj Goodman, Amanda Bennet, Suki Schorer, Jean Emile, Michele Pogliani, Jean Esquerre

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