Kristóf Kelemen | Bence György Pálinkás (Budapest)
26.10. 19:00 – 20:00
27.10. 19:00 – 20:00
entrance € 14,00 | reduced € 7,00
Cool-Down with Hans Becker after the performance on Oct 26th | Artist talk after the performance on Oct 27th, moderated by Antonia Beermann
Hungarian with German and English supertitles
The majority of Hungarians regard this plant not only typically Hungarian but no less than a national treasure: the plant is the black locust (also known as false acacia). In fact, it is not a native species but an immigrant from North America which has become one of the most widespread plant species in Hungary. The existence of the tree divides expert opinions: it is a thorn in the side of the environmentalists, who see it as an invader of the biosphere; while foresters insist it is harmless. The black locust has been used and reused as a symbol along different ideologies and recent years are no exception. In HUNGARIAN ACACIA Kristóf Kelemen and Bence György Pálinkás ask the question: how has a simple tree become the subject of heated political debate? In so doing, they draw on the tools of a post-fact documentary theatre which intervenes in the political debate with selected satirical campaigns and start a movement that offers an alternative interpretation of the acacia as a political symbol – the question remains: will this take root too?
Direction | Concept Kristóf Kelemen, Bence György Pálinkás With Angéla Eke, Katalin Homonnai, Kristóf Kelemen, Márton Kristóf, Bence György Pálinkás Music Márton Kristóf Assistant Director Anita Totobé Coordination Réka Judit Kiss Set Construction Dániel Balázsi, Fanni Hegedüs Light and Sound Design Mátyás Major Photography Krisztina Csányi English Translation Miklós Zsámboki German Translation Gábor Miklós Thury Production Manager Judit Böröcz
Kristóf Kelemen is a young director and playwright based in Budapest, whose documentary theatre production WHILE YOU ARE READING THIS TITLE, WE ARE TALKING ABOUT YOU was a great success and was presented at several Hungarian and international festivals, including Temps D'Image Festival in Cluj and TESZT Festival in Timisoara. His recent work, Observers, that Kelemen wrote and directed got critical acclaim. Kelemen was awarded the Hungarian Contemporary Drama Prize and the production was nominated for the Halász Péter Prize. Kelemen graduated as a dramaturge at the University of Theatre and Film Arts in Budapest, where he is currently a PhD student. He is a dramaturge at the Radnóti Miklós Theatre.
Bence György Pálinkás is coming from a visual arts background and has been working on language-based projects recently. His focus is post-dramatic theatre, he organises community based and educational projects. Recently he was a guest researcher at the Slade School of Fine Art - UCL, London, the Centre for East European Studies – University of Warsaw and in Rome with the Peter and Irene Ludwig Foundation Aachen research grant. He is a student at the Doctoral School of the Hungarian University of Fine Arts. http://palinkasbencegyorgy.hu/
Coproduction Trafó House of Contemporary Arts (HU), Workshop Foundation Budapest (HU) Thanks to Orsolya Barna, Kitti Gosztola, Júlia Regényi, Balázs Semsei, (Norwell/Farbwechsel Records), Attila Szirtes, Sonidus Archive – Lázár Pika Karácsony, Gábor Mojszi Szőcs, Off Europa Festival Commissioned by Trafó House of Contemporary Arts (HU), Füge Productions – Independently Together (HU), Workshop Foundation Budapest (HU), Ministry of Human Capacities (HU), National Cultural Fund of Hungary (HU), Jurányi Incubator House (HU)