Iván Fischer and the Budapest Festival Orchestra is organising the fifth Dancing on the Square programme in 2019. At the free, open-air concert hundreds of children coming from underprivileged areas of Hungary are dancing together – this time to the 7th symphony of Beethoven.
“Wagner described Beethoven’s Seventh as the ‘apotheosis of dance’. It was considered the music of freedom, especially because of the continuous, uplifting pulsation of the last movement. I am very happy about the children dancing to this” – says Iván Fischer conductor.
Iván Fischer and the Budapest Festival Orchestra launched the Dancing on the Square project in 2015. This initiative is not just about music and dancing, but also about mutual acceptance, tolerance, and the experiencing of moments created together.
The stars of the initiative each year are the hundreds of children who dance together to the orchestra’s music in the heart of Budapest. The performers spend months working towards a common goal, getting ever closer to each other, and enjoy the fruits of being part of a community with thousands of members. The participating schools are with us in the effort to include as many Roma and non-Roma, disadvantaged and better-off children as possible.
In addition to the weekly dance rehearsals, we organize regional meetings. We cooperate with the Foundation for Democratic Youth to strengthen community ties and social skills and also to give the children the opportunity to get closer to classical music.
Based on feedback from the kids and the teachers working with them, we are on the right track: “Children from various parts of the country became true teams”, “Lifelong friendships were built”, “What goes on here is truly wonderful”, “I’ve never seen the girls laugh like that”, “Children accept each other”, “These children are able to create things from nothing”, “The Dancing on the Square camp opened my mind to things”, “Music gives the most in life”.
All this confirms our belief that music can build special bonds between people regardless of gender, social status or ethnic background. It teaches us to cooperate with, be open to and look after one another.
Dancing on the Square website: http://dancingonthesquare.com/
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