Battery Dance Company worked and performed here in 2004.
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The dancer's stayed at a hotel that was all about location and budget. Being strictly 2-star, it was a boon that the hotel gave free access to its health club for our dancers, which they supplemented with visits to Budapest’s legendary spas.
Arriving in the storybook architecture of Castle Hill, the essential tourist stop of this Middle European capital, sits the Nemzeti Tancszinhas, the National Dance Theatre. BDC would perform here during the visit to Budapest.
Next-door neighbor to the President's Palace, it is a grand building which looks pretty special to us with its large Battery Dance Company poster displayed prominently in a vitrine on the front facade, next to a poster for Ballet Rambert. (The Rambert is England's oldest ballet company, former breeding ground of Frederick Ashton, Antony Tudor and Margot Fonteyn.) On the night of the performance, our dancers and lighting supervisor lived up to the billing in every respect. Rhythmic applause and multiple curtain calls testified to the strong audience response.
On the second day in Budapest, having been welcomed with an elegant dinner at the residence of Ambassador on the night of our arrival, our dancers each taught a workshop for the local dance community. From 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., six BDC each brought their specialty (ranging from ballet to modern to Pilates, hip hop and repertory) at the atmospheric Mozdulatművészeti Stúdió.