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List of shows – December 2017

Timothy and the Things: Waiting for Schrödinger

‘Spaghetti western’ at Trafó on 1 Dec – details and tickets

Schrödinger’s cat is a thought experiment, sometimes described as a paradox, devised by Austrian physicist Erwin Schrödinger in 1935. The scenario presents a cat that may be simultaneously both alive and dead. Neither the cat, nor Schrödinger will be present this evening, instead the doubts and questions that this problem raised in the choreographer, together with 6 fabulous dancers.Related image

Giuseppe Verdi: La traviata

Opera in two parts, in Italian, with Hungarian and English subtitles on 1,3 Dec in Erkel theater – details and ticket

The sultry atmosphere of intoxicating parties, an unbridled life of luxury, sparkling champagne – and a slow but lethal illness. This was what existence was like for the “lady of the camellias” before her true love walked into her life.
La traviata – The fallen woman. The truly sensational theme swept through the art of the 19th century, making a stunningly beautiful Parisian courtesan named Violetta Valéry into one of Verdi’s most famous heroines.

Csaba Molnár: Eclipse

dance show (disco fever, revue, illusion) on 1 Dec at Trafó – details and ticket

A show evoking the improvised masses of the party culture. Through the reinterpretation of the stereotypical situations created by the dancing crowd a new, fictitious, comic-like world is born. Beyond the dramas of the night life human games are resolved and a new trans-like state is achieved, in which the ego and the instincts are shadowed.

The Nutcracker

Fairy-tale ballet in three acts on 2,3,6,7,8,10,13,16,17,21,22,23,24,25,26,28,30,31 Dec in Erkel theater – details and ticket

Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker has for decades been an essential part of the Opera’s run-up to Christmas. In memory of Vasili Vainonen and Gusztáv Oláh, we first presented for Christmas of 2015 a newly buffed-up show that follows classical ballet traditions while still conforming to the requirements of 21st century dance and set design. Partnering with Tamás Solymosi to choreograph a new fairy-tale ballet for the classical-music piece is a true Nutcracker specialist: the internationally renowned Wayne Eagling. This is the first time in the life of the Hungarian National Ballet that an artist of such worldwide stature has developed a choreography tailored specifically to its members, as well as taking inspiration from them.

The Secret Company: Tótferi

theater in Hungarian with English subtitles on 2 Dec at Trafó – details and tickets

The latest premier by The Secret Company based on a mystery play about the legend of Saint Peter. Tótferi is a folk play to the core about poverty and hope, mixing tradition with ingenuity. The Hungarian playwright Péter Kárpáti creates new language in his play where the universe of the hungarian folk-tales unfolds.

Freak Fusion: fightinGravity

circus on 2 Dec at Trafó – details and ticket

Hungarian new circus company Freak Fusion is taming gravity in its new piece. The juggling tools fall sooner or later, no matter how much training the acrobats survive. The tightrope walker has to return to the ground, cannot remain in the air – gravity always calls him. The artists of Freak Fusin want to resist gravity.

Experidance: Gypsy Lords

dance comedy in RAM Colosseom on 3,13 Dec- details and ticket

Voivod Csóri, the leader of migrating gypsies, is dreaming about the rise and glory of gypsy country. However, in the ugly reality, he and his community got stuck in a Hungarian stronghold, which is besieged by Austrian troops. Hungarian defenders escape from the hopeless situation under the cover of night, leaving Csóri and his people to their fate. What else could the always brave and joyful gypsies do? They hold a festival, eat and drink and dance, and then prepare to defend the fortress. They manage to scare off the enemy, but unfortunately, there are ups and downs in life… The dance comedy made on the basis of a Hungarian legend from the 16th century presents the culture of gypsies living in Europe, which is worth a treasure, in the language of movements. Sándor Román’s choreography not only interweaved gypsy folk dances with the festival in the play, but also the dances that gypsies had encountered during their migration. Turkish, Persian, East Indian and Egyptian elements complete this hilarious story.

Hungarian National Dance Ensemble: Fairy Tale

A co-production of the Honvéd Ensemble and the National Dance Theatre in Royal Garden Pavilion on 3 Dec – details and ticket

Once upon a time there was a boy called Johnny, who had enough of the wickedness of his two brothers and so set out to find his fortune. So begins the tale of the good Fairy with the help of whom you can meet up with the funny Golden Goose, the 12 Dancing Princesses and many other fairy tale characters. The Hungarian National Dance Ensemble – following on from their highly successful Sleeping Beauty ballet – once again delves into Storyland, – where children can get to know the gems of folk culture to the accompaniment of much dance and music.

Szeged Contemporary Dance Company: Carmina Burana

dance drama on 4 Dec at MUPA – Details and ticket

“Glimpsing into the ritualistic lives of a barbarian humanoid community scraping and struggling for survival in the ruins of civilisation, we observe how its members battle their fears and follow their instincts in an attempt to overcome what Fate has thrown at them. Fate is at times benevolent, bringing joy and love, but on occasion also brings sorrow and death. A girl predestined to live a short life can feel happiness for a moment, as the sensation of love banishes all bad thoughts from her mind and makes her believe that life can be different and more beautiful. But Fortune is deceptive and cruel, and has no concern for the beauty of the moment. By living through disappointments, joys and fears alike, the protagonists all learn more and more about themselves, their fate and their opportunities – about their very humanity.” (Tamás Juronics)

Hungarian National Dance Ensemble: Dragon Tale

dance show for children on 4, 6 Dec in Royal Garden Pavilion – details and ticket
After their highly successful fairy tale pieces, the Hungarian National Dance Ensemble invites children on another adventure. In this tale the objects that come to life during the wanderings of the three outlaws, the dancing donkey, the witch and the invincible-looking three-headed dragon, the nice woodland elf and the kindly Oriental king and the beautiful princess, and also the greedy innkeeper and his covetous daughters all take us back to those edifying times when, through hard struggle, brains and persistent hard work, goodness was finally rewarded.
We recommend this fun tale for young and old, because we believe that the old values are still important and valid for everyone.

The Nutcracker – broadcast from Royal Opera House

Directed by Peter Wright. Live Broadcast of the performances by the Royal Opera House (London) in Pesti Vigadó on 5 Dec – details and ticket
Peter Wright’s nigh-on definitive production for The Royal Ballet ranks as one of the most enduring and enchanting versions of The Nutcracker. With its festive period setting, dancing snowflakes and enchanting stage magic, Lev Ivanov’s 1892 ballet has become the perfect Christmas entertainment, with Tchaikovsky’s sumptuous, sugar-spun music the most recognizable of all ballet scores.

Recirquel Company Budapest: Night Circus

contemporary circus on 6, 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 31 Dec at MUPA Tent – Details and ticket

Set among the ten-meter-high, slowly crumbling firewalls of Budapest, the troupe’s artists embark on a shared journey around the hidden depths of their own personalities, while seeking to fulfill their unattainable desire to fly. In accordance with the philosophy of the genre, the creators do not tell a linear story. Eternal symbols of pre-historic times and representations of well known fairy tale and mythical situations help the audience feel at ease in a world that is trying to engage its emotions rather than its reason.
The title of the show refers to the rebirth of classical circus through the elements of nuovo cirque, a journey from night to day. Accompanied by live piano music, this first Recirquel creation has enchanted audiences across the world and toured in France two times, attracting outstanding critical reviews.

Duna Art Ensemble: Solus Christus

dance theater in Royal Garden Pavilion on 7 Dec – details and tickets

Our dance theatre production will be about the presence of the values of Reformation in our everyday lives. The values in question had not been washed out with time, they have not been corrupted by change, they are effective here and now, they are alive. Thanks to the Reformation, religious and secular life became permeable, amongst other things; secularisation originally meant the expropriation of ecclesiastical land and later came to mean becoming more secular. The central thought of our dance theatre performance is this: the values of the Reformation are not old-fashioned; they are alive here and now, they are real in our present, and present in the deep layers of our acts, our understanding of ourselves and of reality.

Győr Ballet / Hungarian National Dance Ensemble: Romance / Peacock Variations

dance show at MUPA on 7 Dec – Details and tickets

László Velekei first started working with the musical output of Zoltán Kodály in 2013, which led to the highly acclaimed piece Kodály. The choreographer has returned to this theme to create his piece Romance, which delves into the composer’s work from every angle, paying tribute to the Hungarian musicologist, music pedagogue and researcher of folk music.
The Hungarian National Dance Ensemble invites the audience on a journey in which the audience can discover or rediscover Hungary’s glorious folk costumes, the enchanting melodies of its folk music and the inimitable virtuosity of its dances.

Recirquel Company Budapest: The Naked Clown

contemporary circus on 8, 9, 10 Dec at MUPA in Hungarian with English subtitles – details and tickets

The Clown’s life is coming to an end. He is about to enter the unknown, but before the ‘final curtain call’ he needs to leave his collar behind, taking the last steps only with the nakedness of his soul. In this production, the disguise is removed both literally and figuratively, as the performers invite the audience on an unusual inner journey into imaginary realms, where the layers covering and protecting reality disappear.
Our fellow travelers and guides in this spectacular production, accompanied and expanded with live music and dancers, are the acrobat artistes of the Recirquel contemporary circus company. The show traverses the borders of circus arts, dance, theatre and music. The company invited five dancers and four trampoline artists to take part in the year-long creation of The Naked Clown. The music compositions of the show were recorded with a symphony orchestra, bringing the European music of the 19th and 20th centuries to life with all the flair of the circus.

Engelbert Humperdinck: Hänsel und Gretel

Fairy tale opera not only for children in two parts, in three acts, in Hungarian with Hungarian and English subtitles on 9,10,12,14,19 Dec in Erkel theater – details and ticket

The Wagnerian Engelbert Humperdinck is one of the most important figures in German fairy-tale opera. The success of a shortish “Märchenoper” composed to a libretto by the composer’s own sister, Adelheid Wette, convinced him to write a full-evening children’s opera based on the famous Brothers Grimm story, with slight departures from the original plot. The piece was immediately declared a masterpiece by Humperdinck’s contemporary Richard Strauss, who conducted the fairy-tale opera at its Weimar premiere. Greeted with instant and enormous acclaim, the work went on to conquer the world. This production of the piece is being directed by the Spaniard Rafael R. Villalobos, winner of Opera Europa’s directing competition in Graz.


Theatre performance from the National Theatre of London with 1 interval, 180 min, 2017
in English, with Hungarian subtitles in Uránia Film theater -on 12 Dec details and ticket

Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter, The Woman in Black), Joshua McGuire (The Hour) and David Haig (Four Weddings and a Funeral, The Witness for the Prosecution) star in Tom Stoppard’s brilliantly funny situation comedy, broadcast live from The Old Vic theatre in London. David Leveaux’s new production marks the 50th anniversary of the play that made a young Tom Stoppard’s name overnight. Against the backdrop of Hamlet, two hapless minor characters, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, take centre stage. As the young double act stumble their way in and out of the action of Shakespeare’s iconic drama, they become increasingly out of their depth as their version of the story unfolds.

Experidance: A passionate night in Venice

dance show in RAM Colosseum on 12 Dec – details and ticket

The secrets of Venice, which have been exciting the imagination of mankind for centuries, are coming to light in a breathtaking dance show on the stage of ExperiDance. We find a world of instincts filled with contradictions and passion behind the carnival masks, which is shown in its full splendour through Sándor Román’s choreography.  Aristocratic glitter and the poverty of alleys, sighs fading off in cathedrals, dancing at dawn above the city, and lots and lots of desires. This is the performance entitled ‘A Passionate Night in Venice’, in which every Venice resident is in love with someone or something: Paganini with his violin, a lady with Casanova, a banker with glittering gold coins, and Death perhaps with Life itself. From this many confessions of love develops the dance of the city, while iconic figures from the rich history of Venice are revived on the tunes with modern rhythms of the most famous European composers.

Giacomo Puccini: La bohème

Opera in two parts, four acts, in Italian, with Hungarian and English subtitles on 15,17,20,25,27 Dec in Erkel theater – details and ticket

Some operas are legendary. None more so than Puccini’s work telling the tale of young bohemians in Paris, in which one of the most beautiful romances in operatic literature begins with a burnt-out candle and a misplaced key.There are also legendary opera productions, such as this one directed by Kálmán Nádasdy. With Gusztáv Oláh’s marvellous scenery, it is a genuine example of theatrical history that has remained on the Opera’s programme calendar since 1937, with 882 performances to date. Some things are timeless. This wonderful production is unquestionably one of them.

Szeged Contemporary Dance Company: Don Juan / The Four Seasons – Feminizma

dance show on 15 Dec at MUPA – details and ticket

Two familiar scenarios come to life on the stage this evening, but neither in the form to which we are accustomed. The story of Seville’s demon of seduction and the dauntless stone guest, known best through Mozart’s interpretation, was subject to numerous adaptations in the 18th century – among them the version by famed opera composer Christoph Willibald Gluck. The master active on the border between the Baroque and Classical periods chose the ballet form to evoke the eternal story through sublimely expressive music that remains highly effective to this day. Antonio Vivaldi’s series of violin concertos entitled The Four Seasons dates from a few decades earlier. Although not a work for the stage, it still has a narrative, since the Red Priest – as the orphanage violin master was then known – set his own sonnets to music, portraying nature in a wonderfully sensitive and poetic fashion.
This performance is not recommended for audience members under 16 years of age.

One, two, three

comedy by Ferenc Molnár in Hungarian with EN subtitles on 16 Dec in Átrium theater –

The minutes in Molnar’s manic world start ticking down for powerful bank president Norrison, when the young heiress under his care announces her secret marriage to a communist taxi driver. Norrison tries in vain to convince her to divorce him, but she is prepared to make her big announcement to her parents, who are arriving imminently. So begins an hour of hilarity and tongue-twisting dialogue where Norrison sets about to transform this wholly unsuitable suitor into a perfectly well-bred, well-mannered, well-spoken and politically conservative son-in-law before time runs out.

Stormy – The queen, the count and the gypsy girl

dance show on 16 Dec in RAM Colosseum – details and ticket

The legendary love inspired the co-production of ExperiDance Production and the Budapest Gypsy Symphony Orchestra. The heroes of the dance drama are a glorious queen, a daring count and a beautiful gypsy girl, who are dancing either the tense or agonising moments of never fulfilled passion. The amorous encounters and separations take place at a splendid ball, where the soloists of the Budapest Gypsy Symphony Orchestra provide lively dance music. In addition to the dancers, the band, which has been officially a Hungarian Speciality since March 2014, i.e. one of the top national performances in Hungary, guarantees a great theatre experience. The music of the play features masterpiece melodies including Franz Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody, Vittorio Monti: Czardas, Johann Strauss: The Blue Danube and Johannes Brahms’ Hungarian Dances.

Story room

impro show in EN on 16 Dec in Jurányi Scallabouche terem (1. floor) – details and ticket

This is long form, alternative impro and the Scallabouche’s most successful impro show and it’s now back. 3 actors, 75 minutes and all they have are just the words and objects given to them by you the audience at the beginning. It’s a theatrical hi-wire act as they swing from story to story, picking each other up and knocking each other down, weaving a narrative for the night. It allows you the audience to wonder, what is a story good for? Telling lies? Creating Myths? Or a desperate attempt to create a fiction for ourselves so that we can be placed by others? Step inside the Story Room and embark on a journey with Scallabouche.

Hungarian State Folk Ensemble – House of Traditions: Dance Canon

Hommage à Zoltán Kodály – folk dance show at MUPA on 18 Dec – details and ticket

As in its previous productions, this show built around references to the oeuvre of Zoltán Kodály by the Hungarian State Folk Ensemble brings a radical vibrancy to tradition, always in symbiosis with the modern forms of expression of our current era. The story unfolds in the little events of an imaginary community, framed musically in the compositions of Zoltán Kodály and his contemporary, Béla Bartók, as well as folk songs that Kodály collected. The evolving scenes trace the development – and loss – of human relationships, joys and sorrows, as well as the rituals of both everyday life and celebrations. Through richly nuanced, lyrical-associative images, and stage action that playfully alternates places and times, we reach the denouement, the cathartic declaration of the glory of human life. The well-known works by Kodály that Dance Canon quotes from include Háry János, the Kálló Double Dance, Psalmus Hungaricus, Nine Pieces for Piano, Seven Pieces for Piano and Evening Song.

Martin McDONAGH: The Lonesome West

a battle of brothers on 18 Dec in Hungarian with EN subtitles in Átrium Theater – details and ticket

In a small Irish town Valene and Coleman, two brothers living alone in their father’s house after his recent death, find it impossible to exist without massive and violent disputes over the most mundane and innocent of topics. Only father Welsh, the local priest, is prepared to try to reconcile the two before their petty squabblings spiral into vicious and bloody carnage. Is there life after death? And before? The Lonesome West is the third installment in Martin McDonagh’s award-winning Leenane trilogy.
The performance contains strong language and some loud sound effects. Not suitable for children under 15.

Experidance: One thousand and one year

dance show in RAM Colosseum on 19 Dec- details and ticket

The past of Hungary, balancing on the boundary between the historic East and West, is uniquely rich. The debuting show of ExperiDance Production presents this richness, the majestic and harrowing moments in 21 short dance performances in this piece with an ecstatic atmosphere. In a unique interpretation of history, the fate of our nation is shaped, in addition to a fight between angelic and demonic forces, by the eternal conflict between men and women, but the real main characters of every scene are hope and a determination to survive. In addition to Hungarian, gypsy and Transylvanian folk dances, we also perform the dances of our more distant neighbours, the Turks, Germans and Russians.

Yvett Bozsik Company: Pinocchio

dance show on 19 Dec at MUPA – details and ticket

The Yvette Bozsik Company has had ten years of great success in creating productions for children of every age group, with the National Dance Theatre engaging it each season to create a family dance show. Carlo Collodi’s book The Adventures of Pinocchio was published in Italy in 1883. Pinocchio, the wooden doll, has behavioural issues: he easily gives in to temptation, he’s extremely lazy, frequently mendacious, and his sole desire is to have fun. His story follows the structure of fairy tales: the unsuspecting and naïve protagonist innocently comes into the world. He runs away from home and gets mixed up with a bad crowd. Over the course of his adventures, which include a series of trials and hilarious situations, it dawns on him that in order to do well, he has to act well, and also learn a great deal. As a reward, the wooden doll is transformed into a little boy, who returns home to live happily with his elderly “father”.


Theatre performance from the National Theatre of London, 130 min, 2017
in English, with Hungarian subtitles in Uránia Film Theater on 19 Dec – details and ticket

Jude Law (The Young Pope, Closer, The Talented Mr. Ripley) stars in the stage production of Obsession, broadcast live from the Barbican Theatre in London. Ivo van Hove (NT Live: A View from the BridgeHedda Gabler) directs this new stage adaptation of Luchino Visconti’s 1943 film. Gino is a drifter, down-at-heel and magnetically handsome. At a road side restaurant he encounters husband and wife, Giuseppe and Giovanna. Irresistibly attracted to each other, Gino and Giovanna begin a fiery affair and plot to murder her husband. But, in this chilling tale of passion and destruction, the crime only serves to tear them apart.

Experidance: Revenge

dance show in RAM Colosseum on 22 Dec- details and ticket

The cunning poor boy, who outwits the tyrannical lord, is a favourite character in European folk tales. Since there is no more elevating moment than when the wicked receives his deserved punishment, and the clever and good-hearted hero wins the girl, the heritage or just some livestock. The Hungarian version of the tale is that of Matyi Lúdas, in which a gooseherd lectures the feudal lord Döbrögi, who set his eyes on his geese. Matyi takes revenge not once but three times, and every occasion is more hilarious than the previous one. Sándor Román’s troupe dances this story in a refreshingly modern version.

Pécs Ballet: The Nutcracker – Budapest première

dance show on 22, 23, Dec at MUPA – details and ticket

The Nutcracker, the ballet version of the most popular fairy tale of all time, is able to enchant each new generation and engage them in thought: they can simply enjoy its visual world or be compelled to believe that, in order to find happiness, everything has a soul, and every object has a fate. The belief of children changes the world, and adults can learn from them: one must feel, not just see.
The fable now comes to life in a new version that honors the classic one by bringing it closer to the modern era. Both parents and children, and ballet fans and newcomers to the art form alike, will all get the chance to marvel at what secrets might be lurking in the depths of our everyday world.

Jerry HERMAN & Harvey FIERSTEIN: La cage aux folles

a musical in two acts in Hungarian with EN subtitles in Átrium on 22,23,31 Dec – details and ticket

La Cage aux Folles is a place where everyone can be what they are. Or what they want to be. But what if you cannot show what you truly are? Faith, hope, love, work, family, country, yesterday, today, tomorrow, me, you – and us together.
Not suitable for children under 15.

Losers Cirque Company: Collapse

dance, contemporary circus show on 25, 26 Dec at MUPA – details and ticket

Collapse – it routinely returns, often without us noticing and realising its presence. It is a part of our lives, an everyday experience that ruins and crushes us. It also constructs, hardens and strengthens. Without breakdown, it is impossible to push one’s limits, to leap forward; it is impossible to jump over one’s shadow. The creators of this production are interested in what collapse does to an individual and an entire society. Would the society turn its back on a collapsing person? Would the society exploit such a state, or would it offer a helping hand?

Hungarian National Dance Ensemble: Folklore almanac

Dancing Spring / Winter Dance – folk dance show on 28 Dec at MUPA – details and ticket

Dancing Spring presents Hungarian folk traditions from the spring festivities, which last from the end of Carnival until late May, as well as the traditional dances, songs, costumes, language and customs of many of Hungary’s ethnicities. Winter Dance incorporates the customs of the winter holiday season lasting from the harvest period to the end of Carnival. In this performance, the audience will see the traditional Nativity, carolling, St. Lucy’s procession and weaving traditions, in addition to theatrical adaptations of superstitious customs. 

“Blah, blah, blah…” Székesfehérvár Ballet Theatre

contemporary dance theater in Royal Garden Pavilion on 30 Dec – details and ticket
The contemporary dance theatre evening starts with an upbeat; a female solo. The dynamic solo entitled All’arrabbiata recalls the world of Fellini. The second performance, “Blah, blah, blah…” is a playful ballet peppered with irony and sarcasm. In fact, it is a kind of study of human communication or rather, its deficiencies. The third one act ballet of the first part of the evening is The Letter. The atmosphere and the music of this piece recalls the world of Chekhov’s plays. The final part of the evening is the ballet entitled Besos. The individual dance dramas of this ballet are reminiscent of Örkény’s One-minute Stories. All three dances are duets; a kind of “piccolo mondo”, i.e. a small world.  The focus of each ballet movement is the kiss.
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