November 1, 2003.
- Fashion Institute of Technology, NYC
Supported by the Hungarian Cultural Center,
from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Eastern European Folklore Spectacular
Photos: Kalman Magyar
Preparations for a colorful, dynamic folklore spectacular
||The Duquesne University
Tamburitzans is dedicated to preserving and perpetuating
the cultural heritages of Eastern Europe
and its neighbors through performance,
while awarding scholarships to talented and deserving student
|The group presents a new production each year.
During the two-hour program, the ensemble encapsulates the joys of
life and the beauty of
the cultures which it artistically represents.
||Wherever the Tamburitzans perform, their stage
becomes a kaleidoscope of sight and sound. Songs are sung in many
languages and dialects.
|Footwork is articulated in hundreds of styles. Folk
instruments such as the bandura, tambura, gadulka, and cimbalom are
plucked, picked, bowed and hammered.
Costuming alone is a
great reason to see a Tamburitzans show. During the course of a single
performance, over 400 original and authentically reproduced costumes
are worn by the performers. Each costume design is meticulously
researched for authenticity, then created for the stage. The result is
a carousel of style and color from the first note to the final stomp.
|Paul Stafura, the director of the Ensemble with his
friend from South America and Stephen Kotanski, an old time supporter
of the Tammies and an expert choreographer attended the show