Kosovo mon amour-War-trash in 6 episodes

A play by Ruždija Sejdovič and Jovan Nikolič, one of the most outstanding works of European Roma drama, provides an insight into the war in Kosovo, which ended more than twenty years ago. In honor of the International World Theater Day, the play would have been performed at the RS9 Theater in the framework of reading theater, interpreted by 9 excellent Roma actors. Adapting to the current situation caused by COVID-19, the audience can watch it in a new genre, recorded by telephone, mainly in the form of a video compilation shot in the living spaces of the actors on the social media surfaces of The Independent Theater Hungary.

How can we protect our family, property, identity? What is the moment to escape, and where can we escape when fighting is raging everywhere? Where can incitement to hatred lead in a society where decades of peaceful coexistence have prevailed? The play raises such and similar questions that are still relevant today. This play focuses on the very existing Roma middle class, instead of the misery of the Gypsy settlement that came under the fire cross of Serbs and Albanians during the Kosovo war. The production was presented in six short epsiodes.

Performed by Emília Boda-Novy, József Budai, Gellért Csiki, Rozália Farkas, András Kazári, Dániel Lakatos, Cristopher Pászik, Tamás Szegedi, Norbert Varga

Music by István Babindák, Máté Kovács

The performance was supported by the Goethe Institute in Budapest. 


Rikárdó has cooked up something is the title of the event organised in the 8th district of Budapest by the Goethe Institute Budapest on 28 October in 2017. The team of the Independent Theater Hungary joined the programme and they realised a story-commando in the squares and pubs of the VIII district.

The members of the Independent Theater Hungary collected personal stories at Teleki Square Market and made interviews with Roma artists. Based on the stories and interviews the Theatre created a performance that was performed as a closing event.


Do you agree that making up concepts of the enemy and false solutions are in the centre of attention instead of dealing with real problems and real solutions? The Independent Theater Hungary together with Közkép look behind the scenes that neither journalists nor ordinary people can see. Be brave to reflect further on the news, tell what you conclude but never think that you’ve got the Philosophers’ Stone.

We don’t think it either. But we’re young and less young. Gypsies and less Gypsies. Poor and quite well-to-do. We don’t want to be divided all the time. Instead, we share with you what we pay attention to, and we’re interested in your point of view, too. Maybe, if we don’t take ourselves too seriously, and don’t get divided, we can shape the world that belongs to all of us. Any similarity with fictitious events or characters is purely coincidental in our videos.


The film was made by -Klára Kónya, Márton Illés, Rodrigó Balogh, Sebestyén Kodolányi, Tamás Rábavölgyi, Tamás András Szegedi, Viktória Kondi

community work oR “arbeit macht frei”

– an action theatre performance dedicated to the Holocaust Memorial Year

The base line to justify our social and political system is a paradox: living in social inequity the oppressed groups are willing to support the existing system even if it’s contrary to their clear interests.

Luckily, the criticism of the ruling political system is typical in our society, even among those who are the beneficiary of the changing regimes. In case there’s a possibility for a change the criticism revives, however when the possibility seems to fade, people begin to move forward apathy.  The audience as visitors of an archiving centre operating under a public labour camp can get an insight into the public workers’ and their leaders’ lives in an interactive way.


Actors – Edina Dömök, Gábor Jászberényi / Gergő Feldesz, Krisztina Váradi, Márton Illés, Rodrigó Balogh, Sándor Orsós, Sebestyén Kodolányi, Tamás András Szegedi, Tamás Rábavölgyi

Saint cows

On the International Theatre Day, on 27 March in 2014, was the premiere of our new performance called Saint Cows, that shows the well-tried and standard practise of discrimination in our society.

The street theatre performance begins at Fővám Square in Budapest and six prominent actors guide those who couldn’t get to the theatre that day, focusing on the following selected themes:

  • good world: major political corruption
  • someone has to take the blame: scapegoating, the hate rhetoric of national politicians, regardless of their party affiliation
  • the press regurgitates the news: racist media image
  • plans backfire: the problems of society are recurring in the form of acts of hatred
  • we do nothing: there’s still something to deprive women of
  • and it gets worse: destroyed human dignity
  • let’s get out of here: the result of the above-mentioned problems is a great number of economic refugees

Director: Rodrigó Balogh
Dramaturge: Márton Illés
Director’s assistant: Hermina Fátyol

Actors: András Nyárai, Ágnes Krasznahorkai, Balázs Kroó,  József Budai, László Horváth , Száva Lakos

Expended spaces – half a century of gipsy reasoning and peasant reasoning

Films, an insight on the period and free perspective

Films are strange places of memory. Since they are faded, we can’t start wandering around these places unprepared, without any guidance.

It’s an expanded movie performed by the actors of the Independent Theater Hungary where everybody can find his/her own place: the movie actors, the audience, the theatre professionals, the speakers at the symposium. The selection of films helped to recall the characteristics of the socio-historical background of the period on which the presenters of the symposium focused and built their cultural policies. In our presentation we explored how to interfere into the process of the spectators’ perception through the expansion of the narrative space of the film, and the socio-cultural space of the movie: we established a reflexive position with the performative act of “asking back”. Furthermore, raised many questions about the so-called problems of ‘the Gipsy issue’ that is bound up with socio-cultural reasons and are still relevant today.  The main question of the performance is the fact how the current powers can most of the time cover up the policies of repression, hold back or distort the initiatives self-organised by the Hungarian Roma people.

  • Gypsies– a documentary film by Sándor Sára, 1962
  • Changes that Have Been– a documentary film by Gyula Gazdag, János Gulyás, 1979 (clips)
  • Gyuri Cséplő– a feature film by Pál Schiffer, 1978 (clips)
  • The Selection- a documentary film by Gyula Gazdag, 1970 (clips)
  • Princess in Rags and Tatters- a documentary film by István Dárday, 1975 (clips)
  • Feather Picking – a feature film by Márton Illés, Rodrigó Balogh and Róbert Maly, 2012 (clips)


Tamás Szegedi – Entrepreneur
Márton Illés  – Goverment
Tamás Boros – Rights activist
Rodrigó Balogh – Artist-educator

Curator – Andrea Pócsik


dreams of junk - EARTHEATERS

In the performance entitled Eartheaters by the Independent Theater Hungary eight European contemporaries tell stories about their lives and thoughts. By 2124 we’ve run out of all the food and only the members of a mutant species survived: the eartheaters.

It’s just a sci-fi. Reality is much more exciting.  In the performance entitled Eartheaters by the Independent Theater Hungary European contemporaries tell stories about their lives and thoughts. It’s only us who can give answers to environmental, social and economic problems  raised by the eight people.

On Earth Day the Peer Gynt bursary-winners wear costumes made of recycled raw materials and they play the eight European figures to our fellow citizens gathered on the green lawn of Millenáris Park.


Writer – Márton Illés
Director – Rodrigó Balogh
Choreography – Hajnal Lisztóczky
Costume – Boglárka Dani, Zsolt Paráda
Music – Zsuzsanna Mészáros  (Marge), Tamás Papp (Tmx)
Technics – Áron Farkas

Contributors – András Nyárai, Anna Barabás, Edmond Oláh, Franciska Farkas, Gellért Csiki, Orsolya Ádám, Péter Ónodi,
Tamás Boros

dreams of junk

It is an initiative of citizens who work for the unique phenomenon of „lomtalanítás or lomizás” – that is a district or city-wide clean up – not to stop existing, but to become joyful community events; where, with the guidance of artist trainers, children of different backgrounds can create pieces of art out of garbage and street performances out of nothing together. The participants of the events get closer to art and to each-other, they experience building value out of garbage, and that they can shape their environment.

We believe that the street is a perfect place for art education, for encounters, for creating together and for success, where all passers-by have a role – independently from where they come from and where they are going to.

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