Dance Theatre with Stories to Tell
is a traditional artistic representative of Pavol Jozef Šafárik University in Košice, Slovakia. Its history began in 1963, but since 1992 this amateur entity is known as Hornád. It is considered as one of the top folklore ensembles in the country. The main reason for this success is their continuous search for new creative ways of self-expression. This philosophy has put the group into the role of pathfinder and trendsetter.
After a change of leadership in 2015, Štefan Štec became the artistic director and remains so, and during his tenure the ensemble has moved towards folklore with a touch of dance theater. The ensemble consists of approximately 60 members in three components – dancers, musicians and singers. In December 2015, the ensemble presented a program called OKA MIH, whose individual choreographies won several awards. In 2018, on the occasion of the 55th anniversary of the founding of the ensemble, Hornád presented the epic “folk musical” Veci, čo sa dejú (Things That Happen), directed by Štefan Štec.
The musical presents the story of Betka and Bogdan, set against the background of dramatic events of the 20th century, the life of a Ruthenian minority in a remote part of Slovakia, World War II, forced emigration and the search for identity. The musical is full of fantastic folk music, and excellent singing and dancing performances.