Peer Gyn’s children – Sin Village
The adaptation of the world-famous Peer Gynt by Ibsen tells the story of a young boy living in a small, corrupt village where nobody has the courage to take actions against the mayor’s crime organisation. The boy is very popular among women, especially the mayor’s daughter is fond of him, but he needs a lot of luck when he mentions the discrepancies occurring in the village.
The United Nation Prize and Ibsen Award winning performance by the Independent Theatre Hungary can be seen during the three-hour long excursion to Gellért Hill and is performed by young Roma and non-Roma actors. The different scenes take place in various points of the picturesque hill. The participants can never know what will happen next, the only stable thing is that at the end of the excursion, on the green field they have dinner together with the creators of the unusual initiative.
Witten and directed by: Rodrigó Balogh
Dramaturgy and director’s assistant: Márton Illés
Five young people run off from the summer camp organised for Roma children after having pointed out some discrepancies. They want to go home. On the way they get into real and dream-like situations and get to know each-other’s stories that also come alive on the stage. Through the experiences of the children we get a glimpse at a corner of the world which most of us know little about or we only have distorted information about.
Writer-director: Rodrigó Balogh
Dramaturg: Márton Illés
Babrinka – Emília Lovas
Rambo – Alfréd Roberto Német
Index – József Szkiba
Mónika – Mercedes Kalocsay
Szotyi – Tamás András Szegedi / Edmond Oláh (Mizó)
PROFESSIONAL SUPPORT ORGANISATIONS:
National and Ethnic Minority Rights Protection Office (NEKI);
The Movement for Desegregation Foundation; Bálint House
The play that was written from recent legal cases and from personal stories by Rodrigó Balogh, United Nations Prize-winner theatre director and Junior Prima Awards-winner instructor, exposes several discrepancies of Roma integration that never appear in public discourse, not to mention literature. Even if Roma art has received greater attention lately, especially authentic pieces of art made in the style of Romanticism were highlighted, while Hungarian culture hardly ever dealt with today’s problems of the Roma. Feather Picking shows today’s society and the reality of Roma integration full of absurdity, hypocrisy and horrors.
MIRAD, A boy from Bosnia
Mirad, Fazila, Djuka…Exotic names….The people bearing these names can be Kurdish, Afghan, Iraqi, Palestinian, Somalian. Several examples of hotbeds of crisis on Earth could be provided. We listen to the news and read the newspapers with the certainty ’That’s not gonna happen to us…’.
The Mouth Organ-playing Boy by István Simon was brought to us by World War II. Rodrigo Balogh’s Mirad is weeping with his moth-organ for the past, the present and the future, thus, for everything. This studio drama is imminent in time and space. What’s left for a man when the Yugoslav Wars have just destroyed all his world?
Writer: Ad de Bont
Translater: Márta Simon
Director: Rodrigó Balogh
Dramaturg: Tamás Török
Mirad: Gábor Jászberényi
Djuka: Szabolcs Jáger
Fazila: Erika Gergely
Music: Gábor Jászberényi (mouth organ-player)
Set and costume designer: Zsófia Federits
Graphic designer: Zoltán Oláh
In 2007 Independent Theater Hungary was awarded the Shelter Award by UNHCR for creating and keeping the play in the repertoire for years, and for its solidarity activity in Central Eastern Europe, i.e. for promoting the solidarity for refugees.
“But oh…! – Gypsy- folklore musical performance from 2004
The play shows the troubles and success of the protagonist, Rupi, the Sheep. Its main message is that no matter who we are, where we come from or what colour our skin is, we all have the same problems. The performance is built on tolerance which is one of the most fundamental human values. Its most important tool is humour. In the play we can hear authentic Gypsy songs in Greek, Romanian, Serbian, Hungarian, Slovene, Russian and Czech Roma languages.
The prose materials of the performance were inspired by the tales of Károly Bari. It is rich in idioms, word puns, and the folksy narrative is blended with today’s language.
Director: Balogh Rodrigó