‘Stormy – The Queen, the count and the gypsy girl’ by ExperiDance in RaM Colosseum. Ends at 9:15 pm – details & ticket

I might be demanding, but when there is story in a theater, I would like to understand it. When I watched Stormy at RaM Colosseum, I failed. The title predicted a love triangle between Queen Elizabeth known as Sissi, Count Andrássy and a gypsy woman. It started, let’s say, accordingly however I was confused already by the three of them, because for example Sissi, instead of going against the gypsy girl, supported her. Sometimes. And sometimes not. Later a second man, a young Prince appeared and started fighting for the gypsy girl’s love. So it became a love quadrangle which made everything even more complicated…  But apparently I was the only one among the audience who really cared. People around me loved the show unconditionally from the very first moment and maybe they were right: the story is not important, this show is about entertainment, about Hungarian tunes and movements which we have in our veins, about enjoying what we see and hear. No need to search for deep thoughts.

There is a clear connection between the ExperiDance team and their audience and I felt like a first comer at a party where everyone knew each other except me. However, the standing ovation at the end was definitely well deserved. People on stage indeed did their bests to make their audience satisfied. The dancers made through the 120 min show as it was easy. Smiling and enjoying it while proving their solid, mainly folk based dance skills and also their knowledge of other dances like flamenco or ballet. I have eye for mistakes when it comes to dance shows (I danced as well) but here I didn’t see any. The dancers stayed focused in every moment, even when hardly seen at back they acted as they were in the front. Real professionalism.

The music was provided by the soloists of the Budapest Gypsy Symphony Orchestra. This band is officially a Hungaricum (a thing or phenomenon that is unique to Hungary and therefore representing great value for the Hungarians) since March 2014.  The music of the play features masterpiece melodies such as Franz Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody, Vittorio Monti: Czardas, Johann Strauss: The Blue Danube and Johannes Brahms’ Hungarian Dances. It is worth seeing the show only for them!

Like a top quality folklore show in a touristic restaurant at the Buda Castle without having to pay for an overpriced dinner. Recommended, just adjust your expectations.