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Theatre CT

Discussion with career starting theatre directors

Offered to you by program coordinator Ádám Hodászi:

A few years ago it occurred to Nóra Zágoni and myself at a theatre training that it would be great to raise questions concerning our theatre field before a wider audience, in a way to also include the viewpoints of theatre makers at the debut of their career. This is when we coined the acronym FSZE, Young Theatre Makers, which rhymes with SZFE, the University of Theatre And Film, which was the hosting institution of our training. All in all, the initiative proved to be a failure, as only 20 to 30 people came to the discussions and both the representatives of the press and the prominent theatre professionals refrained from taking part in the programme. For us, however, it was a unique experience, very challenging remarks were formulated, and it looked like the young theatre people who think differently were able to engage in fruitful debates, moderated by the representatives of the press.

Mária Szilágyi, the director of the Contemporary Drama Festival, upon hearing about this initiative, contacted me with the offer to continue the programme within the Drama Festival. Since then, we have had long discussions with Mari about how to shape the continuation, what would be the best way to merge this initiative into the schedule of the festival she envisioned and kept alive by her with unparalleled devotion to the cause. Many ideas were put on the table, and many had to be let go, since there was no budget for them, while many others were flawed from the start. There were two which I found particularly hard to forego: one would have been to choose well-known theatre professionals, who are accustomed to moderating discussions, for instance Péter Scherer, Rémusz Szikszai or László Bérczes, who would have undertaken to watch the work of young theatre makers together and chat about their experiences, figuring out jointly what was the best way to present the given theatre person to the wider audience. The other idea was to make these discussions into true theatrical delicacies, like the conversation between, let’s say, Tamás Ördög and Attila Vidnyánszky Jr. about props, set designs and the role of scenography devices.

Mari Szilágyi was open to all ideas and incorporated all she could in the programme of the festival. Many figures I would have loved to talk to did not ‘fit’ into our programme, but will be seen in other events of the festival, or, even better, spectators will be able to see their shows at the festival. The final version of the programme will feature eight acclaimed theatre makers, whose professional know-how, talent, stamina made them unavoidable representatives of the Hungarian theatre scene, in a conversation with eight critics, hosted by Trafó. These theatre makers keep pushing out better and better productions in the different theatres of the capital and the provinces, while the journalists go and watch them, in order to voice their informed opinions in the trendiest journals of the country. They all surely have to face up with occasional difficulties in their careers, but they just learn from them and go on. They will speak about these successes and failures at Trafó, about what interests them in the theatre and what shapes their theatre work, their sources of inspiration, the thigs that make them excited.

Come and let us take a peek together in the computer tomography device, scrutinize their stagings, analyze their texts, x-ray their hearts. And, by all means, don’t expect any life-threatening seriousness, we only have a light 45 minutes for each.

December 2

16.00 Máté Hegymegi– Bálint Kovács (Index) 

17.00 Kriszta Székely– Emese Tóth (Tiszatáj)


December 3 

15.00 Ádám Fekete– Varga Anikó (Játéktér)

16.00 Fehér Balázs Benő – Panni Puskás (Revizor)

17.00 Attila Vidnyánszky Jr.– Beáta Kézdi (Heti Válasz)


December 4 

15.00 Attila Soós– Mari Ady (Élet és Irodalom)

16.00 Tamás Ördög– Dorka Czenkli (Magyar Narancs)

17.00 Dániel Kovács D.– Kornélia Deres (Színház)