14:00 Divadlo Lab – Romania – Based on novel of Bruno Schulz: August

School: Marosvásárhelyi Művészeti Egyetem / University of Arts Târgu-Mureş

Inscenation team

Director: Zoltán Balázs

Dramaturgy: Bernadett Zárug

Cast: Brigitta Dőry, Brigitta Erőss, Róbert Fekete, Simon Jáger, Andrea Lukács, Gáspár Mesés, Viktor Szabó J., Míra Szilágyi, Lilla Zsenák

” We live in a new era in a human civilization where mediatization and the internet confine us to a different kind of thinking and learning. In today’s visual culture, permeated by notion of culture as well, the focus is being shifted from linguistic-conceptual thinking to a creative one. Creativity is much more appreciated, and so are all those things that machines are barely, if at all, capable of executing. These skills are can most effectively be acquired through the arts, including theatre. Therefore, I believe the arts the education should receive more emphasis in education and in corporate training programs, and that it is crucial for the “high culture” of the theatre not to lose its social influence. Change must be acknowledged and turned to our own benefit. It is not enough to simply use and abuse traditions and knowledge, we must consider them and take note of our new realizations in a new notebook. For that, we need new sheets of paper, new colors, new pens, and new thoughts.” Zoltán Balázs

17:00 Štúdio SND – Bulgaria: We, the Geraks

School: НОВ БЪЛГАРСКИ УНИВЕРСИТЕТ / NEW BULGARIAN UNIVERSITY

Inscenation team

Režia: Ass.prof. Snezhina Petrova

Dramaturgy: Ass.prof. Snezhina Petrova

Music: Gergana Dimitrova – BELONOGA

Stage set: Desislava Morozova

Costumes: Ass.prof. Snezhina Petrova

Light design: Georgi Batilov

Actors: Кristiyan Yanev, Bozhidar Lyubomirov, Hristijana Stoimenova, Boyana Georgieva, Lachezar Doynov, Natali Yordanova, Veselina Boyadjieva, Valeria Ivanova, Tomi Mihaylov, Sonya Kovchezlieva, Rumen Hristov, Krasimira Doukovska

New Bulgarian University presents contemporary theatrical version of the classic Bulgarian nouvelette “The Geraks” by Elin Pelin. The main topic of the project is the history of the Bulgarian family, it’s genesis and decay at the beginning of the 20th century – the times when ” Elin Pelin conceived his narrative”. The archetypal themes in the story concerning the dynamics of the family-driven community and familial mythology linked to the idea of ​​a “hidden experience” are topics actual to the very present day , and this makes it a serious professional challenge to develop an adequate theatrical language which would convert the clientele to a new way of thinking , regarding Elin Pelin’s classic work.

Elin Pelin’s narrative further elaborates on the topic of gender, crime and is a universal matrix in which interpersonal stories, rituals, practices, and traditions of different communities and groups can be incorporated.

Their artistic goal was to translate this classical story into a contemporary theatrical language. We went through a deep research process, focused on family, community, traditions, habits and rituals; historical and ethnographic vocal characteristics of the region – where the story is situated, so that they will be actual for the nowaday-students and highschool pupples. The performance is constructed under the interaction between two groups –  storytellers and performers.

The performance emphasizes on possibility to bring back to life the values of our great –grand fathers,   to create an active dialogue between different levels of educational system – both highschool and university; to share and exchange common cultural heritage with people, using the tools of educational theatre; to find out a common language for discussing personal and family drama between different generations on the field of performing arts.

20:00 Divadlo Lab – Croatia – Franz Kafka: The Metamorphosis

School: Marosvásárhelyi Művészeti Egyetem / University of Arts Târgu-Mureş

Inscenation team

Director: Zoltán Balázs

Dramaturgy: Bernadett Zárug

Cast: Brigitta Dőry, Brigitta Erőss, Róbert Fekete, Simon Jáger, Andrea Lukács, Gáspár Mesés, Viktor Szabó J., Míra Szilágyi, Lilla Zsenák

 Production deals with three entities and their interrelations, their conjunctions and those three are: soceity, family and an individual. Society represents certain „over-entity“ within which exists family, a smaller entity, whereas an individual represents smallest unit, unit that takes part in forming two superior entities, family and society. Therefore, in relation to an indivadual, family holds some attributes of „over-entity“, but at the same time both family and society are formed out of individuals.But what happenes when one smaller entity (family) begins to feel that it is becoming different from what would over-entity (society) expect? What happens when that certain family, for whatever reason, stops fulhilling expectations of that over-entity? Or when over-entity starts with repression toward smaller entity? In that case, family becomes alienated, it begins to view society in different light and forms its own inner laws, but at the same time keeping their connection with society through mimicry or social masks. In order to survive and to strengthen itself, family also has to isolate a certain individual, preferably the one who, yet again, in some part of his/her existance differs from them. Interrelation between two bigger entities resulted in isolation, alienation, and same mechanism is employed in relation between family and individual.

Here enters Gregor Samsa.

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