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While you are reading this title, we are talking about you by Kristóf Kelemen

 

 

Friday, 9 December, 6 pm

Trafó House of Contemporary Arts

100 minutes without a break

Performed by Hungarian

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Photo: Annus Badinszky-Tolvaj

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Performed by:

Angéla Eke

Alexandra Horváth

Márk Horváth

Tamás Rétfalvi

Judit Tarr

 

Visual design: Virág Pázmány

Dramaturg: Orsolya Nagy

Assistant to the director: Anita Totobé

Organization: Veronika Vajda

Production director: Klaudia Antal

Directed by: Kristóf Kelemen

Date of first night: 25 May, 2016

 

Special thanks to:

 

Tamás Ascher, Itala Békés, Géza Bodolay, Zsuzsa Farkas, Ildikó Hámori, Magdolna Jákfalvi,

Árpád Kákonyi, Márton Kákonyi, Mihály Kornis, György Lengyel,Gábor Maros, István Nánay,

József Székhelyi, Zoltán Várday, Gábor Zsámbéki, Júlia Zsolnai

 

 

WHO? There was 46 years ago an acting exam at the Theatre Academy which had become notorious. People have been talking about it for years. But what are the young people of today to make of it? In the show directed by Kristóf Kelemen five young actors confess about the Theatre Academy, the beginning of their career, about self-management and the possibilities of confrontation, naming well-known teachers, theatre managers and directors.

WHAT? Kristóf Kelemen, in the performance titled While you are reading this title we are talking about you, voices relevant questions about the challenges young actors have to face, of which we usually only hear generalities. András Békés was the director of the acting exam in 1969, made from Peter Hanke’s play, Offending the Audience, performed by György Cserhalmi, József Székhelyi, Gábor Maros and Ildikó Hámori, among others. The play has the actors go up on the stage in their civvies and offensively address the audience. Their lines systematically question the basic tenets of bourgeois theatre. At the time all this led to a scandal at the Ódry Theatre, the venue of the exam, and Ottó Ádám, the Faculty Leader, posed serious obstacles in front of the young actors at the beginning of their career. The stakes were high, since this was an exam performance, and the people in the auditorium were very affluent personalities of the theatre world.

WHY? However, Kelemen’s performance is not a conjuring of ghosts, in the show based on original documents and personal stories the actors switch from the past to the present and talk about the quests of today’s young generation: the university years, job options, lobbying and a general prospect on life.  

There will be a talkback after the performance at 8 pm, with Máté Gáspár, Tibor Csizmadia, Soma Boronkay and Arpad Schilling. 

‘Our performance is a sort of attempt at forum theatre, in which the present and former students of the University of Theatre and Film, actors at the start of their career, discuss their university years and the experience of being launched on the market. Each performance ends with an invitation to the audience to stay and talk with us about the topics raised by the show. Now we will also give a more organized frame to this by practically continuing the performance: the invited panellists can offer new viewpoints to our stories.’A discussion about the present and past of the University of Theatre and Film, about their successful and unsuccessful reform attempts, structural changes, financial challenges, teachers’ responsibility, possibilities and limits, about the debut of an acting career, the changes of the theatre market. To what extent did the University adapt to the recent changes in the Hungarian theatre structure? Did the attitude of students to the institution and its challenges change? What is the difference between the conditions now and twenty-five years ago? What happens on the level of the leadership and how much of this is felt by the students? If we, as students, are unhappy with something, what viable forms do we find to give voice to our discontent, and how can we actively contribute to change?