cie. Ladjánszki Márta: SZÉKI LUCA

Tradition-exploratory and contemporary dance piece 

pre-bemutató: 2012. december 4. este 8

Bakelit M.A.C. (Soroksári út 164. )


idea/choreography/dancer: Ladjánszki Márta (HU)

composer/musician: Oliver Mayne (GB) és Varga Zsopin Zsolt (HU)

visual: Koroknai Zsolt (HU)


Supporters: Magyar Művészeti Akadémia, NKA Előadóművészeti Kollégium, L1 Független Művészek Közhasznú Egyesület, EMMI, Műhely Alapítvány, Magyar Táncművészeti Főiskola, FÜGE,, táncé

Special thanks to Kovács Noémi.

SZÉKI LUCA wishes to accomplish a creative research and creative artistic  process in search for certain Hungarian dance traditions. This project has its antecedents in a choreography of Márta Ladjánszki assigned by Design Terminal, Budapest in 2011 for the opening of Hungarian folk-fashion exhibition Button it! Hungarian is trendy!. This work has already started to consciously engage in traditional dance elements such as roundlay, circles, girls, spining, interlocking, song, rhythm and rhyme, scanning and a short dance etude has been staged by having hold these elements together with decent success and positive feedbacks. A year before another piece By the way (debut October 2010) also touched upon the traditional, authentic cultural roots both on the level of movements (roundlay, spin) and from musical aspects as well by mixing the contemporary live music with traditional folk motives evoking the sound of dulcimer on keyboards. A third antecedent, a performance called Térzuhanás (June 2011) tried to find links between traditional and contemporary on the level of tangible assets by using wildcat-fur and pink plastic flute.


Exceptionally enough and equally vigorously pressing for its own dignity, the start-off of this new project was a piece of garment: a thick puckered cloth skirt with numerous petticoat completed by a richly decorated nonetheless simple pearl necklet. These are the two basic elements of the Széki folkloric costume. 


The search for traditions would be brought close to the people with unique, technically new effects. Far from mere copying we would rather mirror these traditions by way of our own interpretation. We don't want to reproduce rather to put in a new context the almost Hungarikum Széki (Transylvanian) dance, folkloric garment and attachment. We are most interested in the possible linkages, how can we approach tradition and how can we give a clear, understandable pathway for audience between tradition and contemporary reality.


During the research and the following creative process Zsolt Koroknai who is active in the field of video art and experimental music would have a significant role due to his hands-on experience and could greatly contribute to the understanding and processing of the visual and audial documentation (inherited from his mother) and to work out the final synthesis. We do count on him in the making of the visual and the state-of-art staging of the visual tools of the tendered piece.

Zsolt Varga, musician, is the other permanent creative member of our collective who in recent years was co-author of all of our contemporary dance pieces.

Nonetheless Oliver Mayne, an English musician who after having graduated of classical music studies became a very brave experimental musician and inspired performer. His background is culturally different by definition therefore we do intend to involve him from the top both in research and in creation thus adding a new layer of interpretation to the evolving material.

Contemporary dance would be represented by Márta Ladjánszki dancer, choreographer, probably the most important figure of the research phase and of the creative process who is well-known by her colleagues for the persistent though gentle ability in bringing up answers from the depth of her own and of her dancers' and co-authors' souls to the ultimate questions with maximum attention. These qualities enable her to lead and to accomplish such an analitical-synthetical project. /