György Martin’s place in applied ethnochoreology

  • Colin Quigley
  • Acta Ethnographica Hungarica, June 2015, Akademiai Kiado
  • DOI: 10.1556/022.2015.60.1.13

What is it about?

This essay examines the Hungarian dance specialist György Martin's work as an activist in folk music and dance revival in the Tancházmozgalom [Dance House Movement]. .

Why is it important?

Apart from a few key works on dance structure, improvisation and Central European traditional dance, the breadth and depth of Martin’s work remains inaccessible to the English reading audience and little known in dance studies. One such unacknowledged area of significant contribution is his important work in applied ethnochoreology through key interventions in Hungarian presentational stage choreography and participatory social dance revival. In both spheres Martin made a significant contribution at key moments in their development. As work in the application of scholarly knowledge outside the walls of academia becomes ever more important in our field, it is worth remembering that this is not an activity without precedent. Martin’s theoretically informed interventions in both participatory and presentational dance practices in Hungary provide an excellent model for such work.


Dr. Colin H Quigley
University of Limerick

I hope that this short essay will provide English language readership a greater appreciation for the scope and impact of ethnochoreology in Hungary.

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