Lee In Soo Small

Monodance Festival

The festival's website

Pro Progressione has been organizer and collaborator of the MonoDance Festival since 2010, and in August of 2019 for the very first time the MonoDance Seoul Festival was held – also organized by Pro Progressione – as a co-festival of the Hungarian program.

The International Monodance Festival, which began in 2005, is a unique cultural event in our country. The program of the biennial-style festival always selects dance performances created in recent years, showcasing the essence of monodances by the most outstanding creators and performers of the domestic and international dance scene.

Monodance, inspired by and modeled after monodramas, encompasses performances that delve into the personal confessions of their creators. However, mono-dance is not necessarily the same as solo dance, so the range of invited performances extends beyond solo acts.

In 2005, István Énekes, winner of the Harangozó Prize and one of the festival’s creators along with Csaba Szögi, inaugurated the program with these lines:

“At the beginning of the 21st century, we already know that technology can do almost anything. If not today, then tomorrow. A naive person who is surprised by anything. However, the sensation created by technology will dissipate by tomorrow. In the confusion of values, for thousands of years, one of the sure points of reference has been the ‘Single Man.’ With their mental and physical performance, with their voluntary exposure. The Monodance Festival presents some of these intellectual and physical achievements of undeniable value. Featuring solo or nearly solo productions by the finest contemporary dance artists. We aim for the Festival to be a congregation of brave people year after year, those who always seek something new, who don’t want to hide, but, on the contrary, want to break out.”

Going international, the festival has seen participation from several world-renowned artists over the years. The first Monodance Festival abroad was held in 2019 in Seoul, South Korea, marking a significant step towards internationalization.

Since then, the festival has alternated annually between Budapest and Seoul. The Central Europe Dance Theater has been represented at all of these events, bridging gaps abroad, and the South Korean audience had the opportunity to witness three solo performances by the resident troupe of the Bethlen Téri Theater.

At the conclusion of the 11th International Monodance Festival, in keeping with tradition, we will award the Mono prize to the best performance of the festival based on audience votes.

PROJECT MANAGER

Barna Petrányi

PROJECT PERIOD

2010 -

PARTNERS

Bethlen Téri Színház (HU)
Közép-Európa Táncszínház (HU)
Szlovák Intézet (SK)
Osztrák Kulturális Fórum (AT)
Korea Dance Abroad (KR)
Monotánc Fesztivál (HU)