Possibilities for a Dialogue

Our main concern this time is the possibility of a dialogue between artists (their performances) and the critics (their reviews).

Hungarian theatre and dance reviews usually fail to initiate dialogues about performances - they merely formulate judgements. This is the reason why we invited the members of Artus (a company that combines dance with theatre) to talk about the critical reception of their latest performance. First of all we wanted to know how the reviews helped the reception of The Company of Wolves.

László Keszég is a young director who put on stage mainstream and alternative (fringe) performances as well. This season he directed Virág Erdős's play, Attempt in Nyíregyháza, than he put on stage Osborne's Look Back in Anger in Pécs, and New Year's Eve at the National Theatre, which is György Spiró's adaptation of the novel by Béla Hamvas. In the meantime he presented on his own a performance at the off-company called Pont Workshop. In an interview Keszég talks about the reception of his performances, his attitude towards the reviews and differences between the mainstream- and off-performances.

János Szász is known as film and theatre director as well. This time he directed Chekhov's Seagull at the Bárka Theatre. Few reviews were published about this performance, and there are some on the Internet - none of them seems to be open towards a dialogue. Zoltán Kondorosi wrote an essay analysing the reviews on this performance.

When comes to contemporary dance, it is particularly difficult for the audience to catch up with the schedule of the performances as even the best ones are shown only few times. It seems a really heroic endeavour from an artist to polish his own performance and then show it again - twice! Will it ever have any reception? How will it survive? Márta Péter asked Csaba Horváth the questions above, and Borbála Sebők interviewed Krisztián Gergye. Both artists created new versions of their former performances.

08. 03. 16. | Nyomtatás |