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We know her name, Csilla, since she made first place with her group „Berill Tribal“ in the first edition of „Tribal Star Contest“ at the Hanoverian Tribal Festival. After that it became a little bit quiet about the Hungarian dancer, until she made a glorious second place at the contest in Romania’s  first “Tribal Fest Bucharest”.

We have supported this festival and donated an interview for the runners-up of this contest. Csilla is our interview partner for the soloists, for the groups this will be Hermina from the “Najah Tribe”. Please check them out both.

Interview with Csilla Pribojszki

- by Marcel Bieger

In last autumn you won second place at the Tribal Fest Bucharest Competition. What made you got to Romania and participate at the contest? What did you feel, when you were announced as runner-up?

Few months before the festival I saw the organizers advertisement and I decided I would have to go and learn from invited teachers. I also wanted to perform and I had two options: the open stage or the competition. I chose the competition because I wanted to get a feedback and constructive critics about my dance and performance skills. In the last two years I started another way in my dance and it was a perfect opportunity to test if it’s good or not.

I truly believe constructive feedbacks help a lot in the improving process. On the competition I didn’t expected anything I just simply wanted to dance from my heart and enjoy my solo. That is why the result really surprised me. After the announcement I was very happy.
In 2011 you made first place at the "Tribal Star" competition at Tribal Festival Hanover, Germany, although then with a group. We didn't see much of you since then, what happened?

In 2011 I was the member of the Berill Tribal and I choreographed, taught, brought the music and costume ideas. But at the end of the year problems came up and we realized that our expectations were not the same. I think the best solution was, when I left the group to let them do, what they really want and I started my solo career. From time to time I collaborate with two talented Hungarian girls, Andi György and Simi Julisch. They help me a lot and inspire and motivate me to not give up at any time. Sometimes we do duos and trios as well. As a solo dancer, which is my primary dance form, I mostly dance in Hungary, but I travelled to Bratislava, Slovakia to Prague, Czech Republic, and to Bucharest, Romania in the last two years. Who knows where my next destination will be?

Later, with Berill Tribal I combined my studies and created my modern tribal style. Nowadays my great influence the contemporary and Indian dances give new levels to my dance. And I still love the classic folk dances. Very inspirational!
What are the pros and cons of dancing as a soloist, especially when dancing Tribal Fusion?

As I see it tribal fusion is mostly a solo category. Of course many TF groups exist, but if you watch a gala show you see that the most of the dancers performing as soloists. It’s a really a difficult dance form, difficult to do the movement synchronized and not easy to find dancers in the equal technique level. I think TF is for solo and tribal dance is for groups.

As a soloist you’re alone. And it’s good and bad at the same time. You choose your dance orientation, music, costume, choreography, performances, everything. Nobody limits you, but you yourself. But nobody will hold your hand and help you to do, what you have to do. The soloist looks different on stage. The costume is absolutely unique and the performance has to give as much as the group, when 3-4-5 or more dancers are the stage.
Every performance is different and I try to find those music pieces, which are both good for the audience and for myself. Sometimes I don’t have a music, costume or even a dance move, just an inspiration from books, old photos, videos, whatever gives me a strong basic idea. Then I’ll start to search the fitting music, improving to the song for ideas, designing the costume. I truly believe that all the things we do on stage are the visual expression of the music. So the dance always has to fit to the music. Every accent, timing and expression has to be on the right place.

How is the Tribal Fusion situation in Hungary today, is there a dance community and do you see yourself as part of it?

Yes, there are different tribal communities around the country. ATS® and Tribal Fusion as well and I am pleased that this is not only the case in Budapest. I mostly perform, teach workshops and private classes in the countryside and in my hometown, but a few times a year I travel to Budapest to perform in bigger events like Tribal Fesztival Hungary galas and haflas, Cairo! Festival, Oriental gala shows (with tribal fusion performance of course), etc.
If I grow up (whenever) I’ll be an economist with business management specification. Usually when I have exams I try to focus on the university and take a little break in the creative process. I always try to find the balance… maybe that’s the key. And when I have more time I do the sewing and more dance practise.

What are your next plans, will we see you in Germany, again?

I don’t have fixed plans so anything can come up. I’m open for everything… I like to go back to Germany, I loved Hanover and hopefully I’ll go back. Or other cities and places, I love travelling and discover the world.
Photos ©: Nagy Elzbieta, Balogh Zsolt, Hana Major Sládková, Stelian Sescu, Jan Zitniák
forward to the interview with Hermina/Najah Tribe ...
Today you are one of Hungary's most famous Tribal Fusion artists. How did it come that you specialized on that style, you learned classical belly dance as well, didn't you?

Actually I started my bellydance studies with ethnic tribal bellydance. I feel lucky for myself because I found tribal bellydance firstly. This ethnic style based on the Moroccan bellydance and used the basic Gypsy Caravan elements. One year later I started my tribal fusion studies next to tribal classes. I remember when I saw Rachel Brice’s Tribal Fest 06 video for the first time … and from that moment I knew I had to dance and learn more. Few years later I was a member of different tribal groups, but I always searched the options for new materials: courses, educational DVDs, You Tube videos, workshops. And this for the sole reason that I loved and love dancing. When I started my university studies I learnt flamenco, I tried the Bollywood and I found a bellydance school where I could learn the Egyptian bellydance basics and styles. It's interesting to see the differences in the same movements.
When you compose a new dance piece, what comes first  and after that, how do you proceed?

It’s always different. Sometimes I find a piece of music and I feel „OMG” I have to dance to this song. But it’s not always the best choice for a certain performance. Usually my emotions and momentary situation choose the final song, which I will use later. It’s important to choose the right music for the situation.
You dance, you are studying at university and you still have time for creating your beautiful designs of tribal costumes, accessories and jewellery - how do you manage all this in one life?

Costuming is another passion of mine. I love creating things: matching the colours, fabrics, sizes always relax me, when I’m in a bad mode. It’s a kind of meditation away from the world. A little bit of hiding in my creativity. I truly love it and I try to find those little moments when I can do the costuming, do a little jewellery, whatever even if I have a busy period.
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