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10.5.2012 | Theaterdiscounter, Berlin


Performance von Krétakör

Acclaimed Hungarian director Árpád Schilling abandoned his theater career in 2008 in order to act directly in today’s divided society in Hungary. His aim was simple: to bring back the meaning of the actor as somebody who acts as a citizen and a political subject, equipped as a good speaker, mediator, and active member of society who abandons “façade art.” Together with a few colleagues, he turned Krétakör into a center for contemporary art, a production company, and a hub for social interventions, which develops and presents creative community games based on the findings of the social sciences. For example, actions have included going to villages where the conflict between Roma and non-Roma inhabitants is tense and organizing staged evenings for the community. Krétakör makes this educational approach sexy and appealing, a critique of the policy of Hungarian state theaters, which have lost contact with the real base.

For the 7th Berlin Biennale Krétakör proposes a social and pedagogical situation built around the division more and more present in the Hungarian society. They aim to domesticate nationalist argumentation and put it on a progressive track; offer a critical examination of domestic liberal and/or leftist convictions; contextualize national identity in the European community; promote innovation in small communities; practice democratic, competitive situations; and to create a social forum and an exciting creative community game.

by Joanna Warsza

This theater situation is initiated by Árpád Schilling, Márton Gulyás, and Péter Fancsikai.