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Etiquette by Martin Boross

Stereo Akt


Sunday, 4 December, 4 pm

Jurányi Incubator House

90 minutes

Performed in English


Photo: Gáspár Téri


Performed by:

Martin Boross

Julia Jakubowska


Narrator: Sándor Terhes


Written by: Martin Boross, Gáspár Téri

Music and Sound: Márk Bartha, Szabolcs Tóth

Visual design: Eszter Kálmán

Lights: Gábor Kocsis

Technical assistant: Márk Szapu

Dramaturg, assistant to the director: Gáspár Téri

Production director: Brigitta Varga

Producer: Anikó Rácz

Directed by: Martin Boross

Date of first night: 13. February, 2016


ETIKETT, avagy A tökéletes ember - ETIQUETTE, or The Perfect Human from Stereo Akt on Vimeo.



WHO? STEREO Akt is a contemporary theatre production workshop based on the cooperation of dramaturg Martin Boross and producer Anikó Rácz. Boross has been directing event-based performances since 2011, which experiment with the unusual positioning and participation of the audience. The performances, quite varied in both theme and form, show a similarity in the viewpoint and creative attitude. Their unusual company model was founded in 2012, and since then, they have brought to life a series of socially relevant and community-driven artistic ventures. ‘We believe theatre to be an event, the spectators participants, the point of the event being the meeting of the participant’s reality and the phantasy of the creator.’

WHAT? Etiquette by Martin Boross utilizes the genre conventions of nature documentaries and fashion shows. The spectators come to a visit just to find themselves in the middle of an etiquette training celebrated by two absurd figures akin to flight attendants. During the imagined journey they can master the art of fornication, gulping, raging, and, in the form of a duel, one can also learn how to properly by frustrated, or, even to act normally, whatever that means. The behavioural norms required by protocol clash with our visceral reactions. The two main characters, who seem to be existing in a sort of terrarium, are silent, every instruction is broadcast through headphones, using a radio system. The topic of the show is the relationship between the individual and the social expectations. The artists focus on highlighting the problems between social norms and the seriously challenging experience if one tires to comply with them. The performance finds a humorous form to put spectators in awkward situations, yet without making them really uncomfortable.

WHY? During the performance ‘we have a chance to confront with gestures that we normally do not allow ourselves even if it would feel nice or we do things despite the fact that it is uncomfortable for us. We would like to be good people. But good is not enough. We must be perfect. And it is not enough to be perfect, you must also show being perfect.’ The plot, the scenes and text of the show ere written by the creative team itself, based on the short feature by Jorgen Leth, The Perfect Human and the book by Miriam Elia titled We Go to the Gallery, as well as their own observations. This is behaviour research on the highest level.