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Kosztolányi Dezső Theatre of Subotica: The Comedy Of Man

based on János Sziveri’s life and his works


1 December 17.00

Atrium Movie-Theatre


80’ without intermission

in Hungarian with English subtitles


photo: Edvárd Molnár

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Márta Béres

Gabriella Crnkovity, guest artist

Anikó Kiss guest artist

Gábor Mészáros

Imre Elek Mikes

Zoltán Pletl

Dramaturg: Kornélia Góli, guest artist
Visual design: Péter Polgár, guest designer

Production: Andrea Csonti, Szebasztián Szvitlik, Daniel Radić
Composer: Árpád Bakos guest artist

Contributed to the recordings:
Géza Kucsera, Jr.: sax, sound design
Ervin Pálfi: double bass 
Miroslav Jovančić: violin


Director and choreographer: Margaréta Táborosi


“WHO –The performance is based on János Sziveri’s poems. Existence and poetry, irony and resignation, prophecies and abstraction – the unique voice of the poet from Vojvodina can be heard in the play performed by the company of András Urbán, an artist from Vojvodina, who considers theatre a specific but also all-artistic, and not in the least ideological action. Margaréta Táborosi, the director, who also comes from Vojvodina, is active as a director and an actress. She attends the theatre choreographer and director class headed by Csaba Horváth at the Theatre and Film University.


WHAT – The fundamental aim of the formal language of the performance is to reformulate in the language of the theatre and in a picturesque way the atmospheres and emotions describing the atmosphere of Hungary before the political changes laid down by the poet. In his poems, Sziveri sensitively describes the mental state of the intellectuals behind the Iron Curtain. His poetry is closely related to the art of the alternative oppositional underground music groups active before the political changes.


WHY – Although they work with poems, the company and the director lay the emphasis on theatre language and not on the words of the poet. Regarding its tools, it is based on elements of motion theatre, stage images composed with strong lightscenics and grotesque humor. The carefully composed stage images form a well-defined dramatic unity through which we can accompany the ageing hero from the time he becomes conscious of himself through illness and loves, until his death. His death is exactly as suggestively ironic as the performance itself.” (István Ugrai)




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