Beyond Words

Our current issue focuses on words and their absence.
Gálla Nóra

Babel, the new piece of contemporary dance company Artus, leads to the place where languages are mixed; the realm beyond words. József Nagy brought two of his pieces to Budapest as a guest performance; the Unknown leads to ranges beyond the graspable. The stage world of Cherry-Brandy is impregnated by the deafening silence of misery and death. Besides the review of the two pieces, an interview with József Nagy is included.

Our next column focuses on actor and director Tamás Fodor’s work. In summer and early autumn he played important roles in two different performances; both plays were about the power of words. Besides reviews on both pieces, we analyse Caligula’s Prefect, the János Székely piece staged in Zsámbék, and Saint Joan, the Shaw-piece staged at the National Theater Budapest. Tamás Fodor’s acting is also reviewed.

According to their roles in cultural education, all Hungarian theatres stage historic dramas. These include the classic Bánk bán. Several directors staged their contemporary versions of the piece; we review direcor Róbert Alföldi’s piece at the National Theater Budapest and Bertalan Bagó’s performance in Kecskemét. Imre Madách’s „poem of humanity”, The Tragedy of Man is another national classic; the play was written in 1859-60. Róbert Alföldi staged it in the National Theater with a young team of actors – like he did with Bánk bán. Attila Vidnyánszky staged his piece with rich visual effects at the Szeged Open Air Festival.

It was a surprise that leading contemporary theater of the country, the József Katona Theater staged few plays this season, including the significant – but rarely played – drama from György Bessenyei from 1777, titled The Philosopher. The play was directed by Péter Gothár and is marked by precise acting, distinct style and a direct message.

The recently updated Hungarian Act on Performing Arts has set up a Dance Committee. Members include János Kiss, director of Győr Ballet, Gerzson Péter Kovács of the independent company TranzDanz and Gábor Mihályi, director of Hungarian Sate Folk Ensemble. We asked them about the Hungarian dance scene: prospects, current situation and changes that are happening at the moment.




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