Thursday, 1 August 2013

Rolling Dance Group

A lot of misbelieve can be found regarding disabled people, people in wheelchairs. It is a clearly normal reaction, that people apprehend the unknown, the different, even if there is no disadvantage for them. Direct and indirect communication is very poor between disabled and healthy people. One of our goals is, that people get to know more about this “different” life and see that as well as the healthy people disabled people work, rise children, have fun, do sports and a lot of them – even it is more difficult – take their very place in life. The life of disabled people would be more easy, if the others could better look at it, without prejudice and perhaps with a little bit of curiosity.

Dance and wheelchair. This two words are often considered by people as excluding each other, because in common opinion dance is associated with couples gliding on the dance-floor or people moving by rhythm in a disco. Those, who know about the wheelchair dance will be enriched by an extraordinary, elevating experience. He/she will meet smiling, joyful or thoughtful faces. He/she will see noiselessly gliding dancers in colorful, wonderful dresses, moving to hot or smooth rhythms. This vision is not doleful to the spectator, not pity-raising but in the beginning some kind of amazement, later a feeling of marvel and happiness, joy.

We established the Gördülő (Rolling) Dance-Ensemble in May 1999. The members of the ensemble are all disabled people using a wheelchair. Some of them because of an accident, others because of illness. In the first months we thought, that the ensemble will serve our own entertainment. But after half a year it became clear, that there was a lot more about it. Our performances, needing special choreography, are an unique pattern in the international world of dance. Today our performance of more than 3 hours, the Gördülő-Show, has a widespread repertory of various styles and types of dances, from folk-dance to Can-Can and waltz to modern Show-dance. With the means of the dance we are able to express, that even a person in a wheelchair might live a complete life, defeat physical barriers and create a valuable, enduring artistic creation, which is also a production which entertains the spectators.

Each event is some kind of approach-forming, first hand during joint programs with the upcoming generation to develop a healthy culture of habits. Even a disabled person might be conscious, able of self-recognition and self-development, living an independent and active life according to his/her abilities.

Our activity also support rehabilitation. The goal is that by using the restored or remaining abilities of the disabled person he/she might again take place in the society and that instead of injuries and disabilities the individual values will come into the focus of attention. In other the joy of the dance we try to transmit the approach that with persistence, the will to fight, the acceptance of ourselves and of others we will be able to reach everything in our life. It is important to us, that by our activity those thought will be brought to the most widespread layers of society, so with the world-language of dance disabled and healthy people will come closer together.

The dance is helping to overcome violence and opens the way towards tolerance, facilitates integration of minorities into the society. The feeling of freedom and joy is not a question of healthy legs and perfect body, but humanity and considering each other is able to connect healthy and disabled people. The audience understands the message, we have since a lot of time ago formulated for ourselves: this creating work is part of the integration of disabled people into society. We build up a bridge between wheelchair users and so-called healthy people. We wish to offer to our disabled fellows self-confidence and courage. We hope, that our example will inspire them to make their dreams, goals become true!

Beyond the artistic work our activity bears with social benefit, too. The venues of our performances have in a lot of cases to be made barrier-free, and they will stay so after our performance, too. Often the result is not only the physical barrier-free environment, but it also serves as a social awareness-forming, supporting integration, and making “barrier-free minds”. 

We realized, that our dance-production is an efficient tool to promote Equality of opportunity, to form awareness towards the “healthy outside-world”. We have ca. 30 opportunities a year to stage in a lot of Hungarian villages and abroad. Other the love of the spectators our success is valued with a lot of rewards i.e. the „Post Scriptum” Award, awarded at the Kortárs Táncművészeti Fesztivál (Festival of Contemporary Dance-Arts) at Veszprém in 2002, the possibility of taking part in the Ball of the Austrian Embassy at the Szépművészeti Múzeum (Museum of Fine Arts) in 2003. In 2005 Rita Sárai, the artistic director and dancer-choreographer of the ensemble, who even before her accident taught dance and worked out choreographies, got awarded by the Pannon GSM Példakép Alapítvány (Pannon GSM Icon Foundation). In 2007 we have been invited to dance in honor of the Spanish Queen, Sofia. The media showed a vivid interest in the work of our ensemble, right from the beginning. Besides uncountable newspaper-articles, TV- and radio-reports, a longer documentary-film about our live has been shot in Summer 2001 entitled: „Gördülő világ” (Gördülő world). A publication entitled: „…és így táncolunk mi” (…and so are we dancing) has been published in 2004, with the personal statements of our members. In 2006 a new documentary-film has been shot, entitled: "Gördülő Show" (Gördülő Show). In February 2010 our 2nd report-book has been published: „...és 10 éve így táncolunk mi” (… and so are we dancing since 10 years), written by one founding member of our ensemble, Györgyi Ungvári. The wheelchair-dance gave a positive change to the live of all of us.

In 2001 we established a foundation to realize our goals. The efficiency and efficacy of the Foundation is best shown by the following opinion, sent to us by a spectator, after one of our performances: „I went to Lakitelek without knowing, why. Even if I would have known, that we have been invited to the performance of the Gördülő Dance-Ensemble, I wouldn’t have known about it. If I would have known, that this meant people in wheelchairs dancing, surely I wouldn’t have gone there. And so, yesterday, I’m sitting in a hall filled to capacity and then arrive the wheelchairs. Music starts in and they are dancing. From teenagers to age about fifty, women and men. After a while I’m not looking at the dance, but in their faces. They are smiling, they are dancing while smiling! This hasn’t been an artificial smile. They were together, with each other, with the music and reached to tell us, that nothing is hurting them. I began to push back my tears and began to be awfully ashamed. This days I had been overwhelmed by my own distress. I was depressed because I had no job, because my fried left me. I licked my wounds, was in distress, didn’t go out. IN FULL HEALTH! I had no goals and thought my life as entirely unjust. They have met each other, they said yes to life, a life most of the healthy people would consider it not worth it. But I resolutely felt: there is a lot, I have to learn from them.” 

Remarks like this we get after each performance, which gives us the insurance, that it is worth it to follow this extraordinary mission.

Hotel Panda

In Pasarét, situated in the beautiful green belt of Buda, in a surprisingly quiet area close to the busy town centre of Budapest you can find Hotel Panda, a hotel with a true family-atmosphere.

Our guests can reach the heart of the downtown with direct bus connection and enjoy the matchless attractions of Budapest such as the Castle of Buda, the stunning views from the Fishermen’s Bastion or the Town Park, visiting an exhibition in the Museum of Fine Arts or a long walk in the star-shine of a romantic night on the wharf of the Danube. Budapest offers attractions and unforgettable experiences for the visitors.

Our hotel has successfully realized a unique initiative: most of our employees are to some extent disabled workers. Our intention is to give a greater chance for disabled people to find a safe place in a working society, to feel that their efforts and work is valued and highly appreciated.

In our family-owned hotel we place great emphasis on the personal service of our guests.


Invisible Exhibition

Imagine that all the lights go out…

The Invisible Exhibition is a unique interactive journey to an invisible world, where in total darkness you find your way only by touch,sounds and scent.

Give us your blind trust!

If you join us, you will also be able to understand what life is like without one of the senses that provides us with the most information, to live without your sight.
At this exhibition you will be lead by blind or partially sighted people on a journey that will change perception and possibility even in your mind.

Or… perhaps feels natural?
Could an hour of blindness open your eyes?

At The Invisible Exhibition Budapest, the participants obtain information exclusively through touch, hearing, scent and their sense of balance. This way, in the new situation caused by the loss of sight and despite the difficulties, they can experience that the world can be still beautiful without this key sense.

The Exhibition brings the world with and without sight closer to each other and teaches through positive experiences how can we help to them, even understand them.

In this invisible journey you will be lead by blind or partially sighted people at 7 differently furnished places. Groups starts every 15 minutes.

In these various life situations you can try out how to cross the road, how to pay for a cup of coffee in a bar or choose the right spices for your lunch….

Have you ever seen a talking clock before?
A Braille typewriter?
Or perhaps talking scales?

At the other venue of the exhibition we show you the devices and objects which are used by blind people in their daily life.
Let us show you how the world changes around you and how You yourself also change in it.



The music education of mentally disabled children with the help of the colored score system

"There is some region of the soul which only music can lighten."
/ from the Selected Writings In Retrospect by Zoltán Kodály /

Studying music is difficult. Is it? The score is too complicated even for the healthy children. Is it too complicated? If it really causes problems do we have to resign to it? Or shall we find other ways to study and enjoy music? These questions didn't let the German teacher of music and handicapped children Heinrich Ullrich alone. He didn't think only about the music education of healthy schoolchildren but had a faith in that the mentally handicapped children and young people can also study music, only the method should be found.

The five-line score is incomprehensible for most of the handicapped children. That's why the note value and the pitch need not be memorized but the score and the instrument are coordinated note by note. The colors of the tones, which appear in the score, are also indicated beside the strings, pipes and keys of the instruments. So it's enough if the children can match them without even knowing the names of the colors.

As it can be seen on the attached chart, in the colored score system there is no need for the five lines because the pitches of the tones are indicated by colors. As the tone is rising, the colors are getting lighter. The colors of the octaves one above and one below are the same, but in the lower octave every note has a black circle in the middle. In the higher octave a white circle indicates the pitch of the note.

The semitone is simply denoted by the two colors, which the tone is between. E.g.: F# is half- red and half- green.

The marking of the rhythm is also simple:
The quarter note is a full circle, a half note is two circles interlinked, the whole note consists of four circles and an eighth note is a semicircle. The musical rest is marked by a blank hexagon. Further rhythm values denoted according to the above rules.

Bar-lines substitute with stresses above the accented note.

For the time being we are working within the association called "Music Belongs to Everyone". We give individual and group music lessons, hold orchestral rehearsals and give concerts by our Parafónia orchestra.

The András Pető Institute

The András Pető Institute of Conductive Education and College for Conductor Training is a non-governmental, state-recognised institution of higher education maintained by the International András Pető Public Foundation. A college training pedagogues, an institution carrying out conductive practise and a centre offering professional services, the Pető Institute pursues different functions: on the one hand it provides conductive care to individuals with motor disorders from infancy to old age; on the other hand it prepares young people for implementing conductive education.

Our mission is to show individuals suffering from injuries to the central nervous system and their families the way to a full life and to make society aware of the opportunities to help.


Youth in action programme

Youth in Action is the Programme the European Union has set up for young people. It aims to inspire a sense of active European citizenship, solidarity and tolerance among young Europeans and to involve them in shaping the Union's future. It promotes mobility within and beyond the EU's borders, non-formal learning and intercultural dialogue, and encourages the inclusion of all young people, regardless of their educational, social and cultural background: Youth in Action is a Programme for all.

Every year, thousands of projects are submitted by promoters in order to get financial support from the Programme; a selection process aims at granting the best projects.

Common sense – Feel the world!

During the one-week program we will visit different institutions and places in connection with the topic „disabilities”. It will be an experience-centered program rather than „profession”-centered. Our aim is to develop social sensitivity through experiencing an exciting, adventurous aspect of disabled people’s life.

Some instituions we will visit:

Pető Institution (working with mentally disabled children and youngsters)
Parafonia (music band with mentally disabled people)
Hotel Panda (hotel that has several disabled employees)
Invisible Exhibition (exhibition imitating blind people’s life)
Rolling Dance Group (dance group with people in weelchair)