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WORD FOR WORD

verbatim theatre based on the racist Roma murders based on more than sixty hours of interviews

Venue

NATIONAL THEATRE, Gobbi Hilda Stage

Budapest, IX. ker., Bajor Gizi park 1.

Date

2 december 2011, 18:00

Duration

90'

Tickets

2500 HUF

061 373 0964; 061 373 0996

http://www.nemzetiszinhaz.jegy.hu

photo by Margó Klecsán
Galéria►

Word for Word uses the facts of the series of attacks on the Roma in Hungary between the years of 2008 and 2009, investigating the responsibility of the majority society for the creation of the current Hungarian atmosphere.

Performers

Gergely Bánki, Yvette Feuer, Anna Hárs, Róbert Orsós, Tamás Ördög, Márta Schermann, Zsófia Szamosi, Krisztina Urbanovits

Dramaturg

Dénes Bíró, Judit Garai, Anna Hárs, Anna Merényi

Video

Dénes Bíró, Gabriella Korán

Sound

János Rembeczki

Lightning Designer

Zoltán Vida

Concept and creative production

Anna LENGYEL

For two statements are simultaneously true: the murders are clearly condemned by 90% of the white Hungarian population. However, at the same time according to a number of indicators, 95% of the same group have racist views on the Roma to a smaller or greater extent. We’re attempting to confront ourselves and our audiences with this latter fact. If we succeed, we can begin working on a solution for this problem. The texts used in the course of the performance are solely original materials true to the tenets of verbatim work, the length and sequence of which are determined by the performers without stylizing or rewriting the texts at all. We interviewed survivors, relatives, attorneys, police officers, the leaders of the local minority governments and mayors, we asked the man on the street, but we also rely heavily on the statements of public figures and the ensuing media response as well.

Word for Word is the first experiment to try and look at the root of Gypsy-hatred with the tools of theatre (...) Something important happened in Trafó. People started to talk. About things that the theatre doesn't talk about and in a way the theatre hasn't spoken yet. (...) They gave us a slice of multi-layered reality, put together and edited by the creators, but with nothing added to the original words. (Andrea Tompa, Színház)

"The first verbatim theatre in Hungary is really a pioneer in setting the roots of documentary theatre in Hungary and almost unprecedented in the way it talks about social and political issues, while also novel in methodology and form. (...) True to its genre the show doesn't try to achieve its goal in a politically correct manner, but holds up a mirror to the audience in a sharp, direct manner. Discrimination and hatred against the Roma can only be felt on the skin if the words of hatred are heard on stage - a stylized version of which is when the chorus of characters sings a "chorus-piece" put together from swearing chants of gypsy hatred." (Fanni Nánay, Ellenfény)

Sponsors: OSI, www.szinhaz.hu

Related:

TRAILER: www.youtube.com/watch?v=JMD4ANcJ7EU

about the show: www.youtube.com/watch?v=HaqkfsOHEvIwww.youtube.com/watch?v=CFqgx0ZgAm8

excerpt: www.youtube.com/watch?v=g11j9EdYP3Q