Crisis Reports

One of the crucial issues today in Hungary is crisis; people feel their sense of security threatened on different levels and the feeling of danger and hopelessness seems to become permanent. Art reflects on this state; more and more performances are aimed at socially sensitive topics.

Our Class, Polish playwright Tadeusz Slobodzianek’s piece of 2009 was staged in Katona József Theatre. The play is based on real life events: on 10th July 1941 the whole Jewish population of an Eastern Polish town was wiped out in one day by the locals. Ten ex-classmates tell the stories of their lives, reviewing the last 80 years. Director Gábor Máté uses the simplest tools, resulting in a deeply disturbing drama.


German author Torsten Buchsteiner’s Nordost, also staged in Katona Theater, deals with the Moscow hostage affair of 2002, when Chechen terrorists raided a theatre during a performance. Playwright István Tasnádi and director György Vidovszky’s play was also inspired by current events: in January 2011 three teenagers died in a mass panic at a Hungarian disco. The play is not about the specific event but about the context: the party world of teenagers, where fate is always present.

Another real life story was performed in Budapest by Russian teatr.doc. Sergei Magnitsky was illegally kept in custody for a whole year, was tortured and tied up in his cell, left to die.
Teatrul Luni de la Green Hours and tangaProjekt’s coproduction, I Declare at My Own Risk is a documentary theatre piece, in which we follow a Roma girl’s identity search, though an extremely difficult time in her life.

This years’ big project for Árpád Schilling’s Krétakör is a combination of three art genres (film, opera and theatre) and three lives – members of the same family – to paraphrase the ever present experience of crisis.

In an interview Tamás Juronics, artistic director of Szeged Contemporary Ballet and art director of Szeged National Theatre explains his artistic language and talks about the crisis that defines today’s contemporary dance scene and the whole of contemporary art today.

11. 12. 20. | Nyomtatás |