Rajkó Folklore Ensemble

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Zrinyi Utca 5, Budapest, Hungary

Rajkó Folklore Ensemble Budapest Reviews

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Music and dance Aug 06, 2010
When you are on the street, leaflets are handed over of all sorts. One of them was for a folklore evening.

Maybe I looked not like their target audience, because I had to take one from the gate near the bridge.

I had the hotel made the reservation, so I was ensured of a ticket.

The timing for the dinner at the Indian restaurant was great, just a few minutes to freshen up and then of to the show, coincidentally just around the corner.

The theater at the Zrinyi street is small, but all off-white and golden. Paintings are near the cealing and reliefs are giving it the athmosphere of a theatre of the early 1900's.

In the middle of the ceiling is a chandeliere hanging from a tiffany half-sfere (I am so depressed that I left my camera at the room, ther IS enough light to make pictures)

The Rajkö folklore group is formed of a band of musicians and a group of dancers.

The band plays music, and the dancers dance, but the band plays more pieces than the dancers will dance.

The program will take more than one and a half hours.

When the band starts playing (eight violins, a cello, a string bass, a hammered dulcimer and one clarinet, who sits a bit in the back) I feel a bit sorry for the clarinet.

But after a couplet in the Hungarian dance (Brahms), he has a solo and everybody knows he is virtuoso! (Yeah).

The dancing is a performance you might see on television. Superfast, great timing, handsome men, lovely girls, absolutely nothing compared to an evening-dance in the local community hall (though that can be nice too:)

There are three folklore groups doing a show. Next time I am in Budapest I will try to visit the others, but to visit this group again would be no problem for me.

Sometimes they are on tour. If I notice, I will visit them in our theatre.
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