The stag is an ancient and universal symbol in cultural history - and its discarded and regrown antlers have come to represent eternal renewal. It stands at the entrance to the golden path, bidding us follow into our own spiritual world. The stag is at once a demon, a shaman, a wizard, a fairy or king of the dead, capable of drawing those who hunt it into a new and different world. For us, the hunters of the 21st century, striving to escape subjugation and find freedom, Stag Song (Szarvasé...nek) conjures up a kind of mythical memory. We search for celestial equivalents of our earthly transformations and stories so that we can eventually - in our craving - enter our own sacred space. In order for us to be able to cross over the symbolic bridge, we must leave behind the old - place of birth, sweetheart, people - so that by subduing the tokens of this we can recreate familiar patterns and be reborn ourselves as well.
We acknowledge the search, the ever-changing human condition, desires, the metamorphoses of man and woman, the turning-points of mind and heart, the states of transitory existence and timelessness. The nourishment of common roots slumbering deep within us is set in motion in dance, written in lyrical phrases, sung in choral works and formed into music. We remember. We reveal ourselves - because change is a gift; the path to discovering ourselves, the chance to find our place in the world.
Death, birth, transformation, love, time and faith are eternal human questions. And for us to recreate ourselves: 'not to drink from the glass, but from the pure source.' The beginning and the end are simultaneous: the sustaining strength of our past encoded in folklore is created by precisely this dramatic character, as the sole opportunity for our spiritual renewal. It is through the formative power of dance, and the theatrical truth of its movements of birth and death, that we commit ourselves to this sacred transubstantiation and the reinforcement that comes from true faith.
A joint production of the Hungarian Heritage House / Hungarian State Folk Ensemble .
Presented by: National Dance Theatre
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