January 26-31, 2010
Tue-Wed 7:30pm;Thu-Sat 8pm; Sat 2pm; Sun 2pm & 7:30pm
Joyce Theater, 175 Eighth Avenue at 19th Street, NYC, Manhattan

The Joyce Theater, Inc., in association with Győr National Ballet from Hungary



Music by Igor Stravinsky

Commemorating the 20th Anniversary of the Fall of the Iron Curtain in Europe

Producer and Director: János Kiss

Choreography: Attila Kun, Dmitrij Simkin, James Sutherland


Kristóf Csősz, Szabina Cserepák, Alexey Dolbiolov, Benedict Gromann, Diána Gyurmánczi,
Beatrix Hardi, Krisztián Horváth, Lilla M. Horváth, Zoltán Jekli,
Benedek László Kovács-Nagy, Eszter Németh, Hassan Gonzalez Otero, Balázs Pátkai,
Stephanie Pechtl, Bálint Sebestyén, Renáta Simon, Virág Sóthy, Judit Szalai,
András Kátai Tóth, Ágnes Varga

These performances are presented as part of Performing Revolution in Central and Eastern Europe,
a festival coordinated by The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.

Photos were taken at rehearsals by Gabriella Győrffy

Experience the daring and fresh choreography of Hungary’s foremost contemporary ballet company when it returns to The Joyce with two splendid US premieres set to Igor Stravinsky’s "Rite of Spring" and "Petrushka." Choreographed by Dimitrij Simkin, Petrushka is an artistic portrayal of the dehuminization that occured under the totalitarian regime in Eastern and Central Europe. The program also includes Atilla Kun’s compelling version of Rite of Spring.

The weeklong engagement of the Győr National Ballet at the JOYCE Theater in New York City is a very prestigious recognition of the Ballet Company from this Western Hungarian city, Győr. The JOYCE Theater is one of the most important venues in the world for contemporary dance. This is the second time the Győr Ballet is presenting within a few years. Their performance is also part of a five months long festival organized by the New York City Public Library to commemorate the 20th Anniversary of the Fall of Communism in Eastern and Central Europe, as well as the falling of the Berlin Wall.

The choreographies they perform focus on terror, personal human sacrifice and oppression of individual freedom. The music of both ballets was composed by Igor Stravinsky.


Petrushka is a young, innocent person, who happens to be born in a totalitarian society, which dictates that ideology is more important than freedom and individuality. Our hero is not able to fit the “mold” and does not give up his individual expressions, as it is required from everyone around him. He is not willing to give up freedom in order to join in the game of oppression of the mind and spirit. He has to pay a severe price for his non-conformance. The death of Petrushka is a symbol of Communist ideology gone wrong and against the humanity’s moral values. It was an abstract idea, which required the sacrifice of human lives and decency for it to try to succeed.


This popular Ballet explores the relationships of individuals within society. We realize that sacrifices will always need to be made for the community to survive and flourish. However, sacrifice is not in vain, because each sacrifice generates new meaning, new energy and new thoughts.


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Performing Revolution in Central and Eastern Europe Festival

gimagine photo report of Győr National Ballet:
Purim performance at the Joyce Theater in 2002