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Bartók was inspired to write his Sonatina in 1915 after collecting folk tunes in neighbouring country, Romania, home to the legendary vampire stronghold, Transylvania. He named the suites the Transylvanian Dances when he arranged them for orchestra.

After a group number, the men later conquered the stage with the “,” a vigorous Transylvanian dance that exploded with high-energy jumps. The male dancers’ strength and agility was emphasized in this piece which reflected a “dance battle.”

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Transylvanian Dances for Orchestra, Sz.96: 1

The Transylvanian Dance Museum’s various activities will be dedicated entirely to dance as part of Intangible Cultural Heritage and as Public Art (High Art), and will have three dimensions: dance education, education through dance and research.