18th Festival 2008 / Programme

Main programme

Freitag 07. Nov. // 19.30 – 20.30 Uhr
Samstag 08. Nov. // 22.00 – 23.00 Uhr
Hochschule für Musik und Theater »Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy« / Dittrichring 21

The Collective of Natural Disasters, Budapest

»Ipsum – önmagadat«
(»Ipsum – Du selbst«)   (Video clip  )


Konzeption, Inszenierung, Bühnenbild und Lichtdesign:

György Árvai


Kodex VI, »Bronte, A mennydörgés, tökéletes elme« (»Der Donner, vollkommener Geist«)


György Árvai, Zoltán Imre

Deutsche Übersetzung:

Gábor Schein




Edit Szűcs


Tünde Lenz



In ungarischer Sprache mit deutscher Übertitelung

Achtung: Nicht geeignet für Asthmatiker und Epileptiker!

Im Anschluss an die Vorstellung am 07. Nov. findet ein Publikumsgespräch statt.
Moderation: Dr. Martina Bako, Theaterwissenschaftlerin, Universität Leipzig

This woman seems to be everything all in one: mother, witch, whore and saint. She keeps digressing from a supposed cooking show and the excessively long kitchen table gradually changes into a witch’s laboratory. Using strange ingredients, the woman prepares a meal and searches for refuge in the company of the people.

»Ipsum – önmagadat« (»Ipsum – yourself«) is about the famous papyrus scrolls that are about two thousand years old and were found in caves on the cliffs of the Dead Sea; the so-called »Qumran scrolls«. These contain religious content that had been completely forgotten.

György Árvai, native of Budapest and born in 1959, studied costume and stage design in Budapest. In 1984 he founded the experimental theatre group Természetes Vészek Kollektíva (The Collective of Natural Disasters) that combines dance, performance, film and music. The company has developed more than one hundred plays and shows them at numerous festivals and on four continents. At the 1st euro-scene Leipzig 1991 it gave a guest performance with the solo »Living space« by Yvette Bozsik and György Árvai.

Ágens, native of Budapest and born in 1965, studied cultural administration and film studies in her hometown. Since 1992 she has been active as singer of contemporary music, director and since 2000 also as opera composer.

»It is rare to experience a theatrical event at which smells pervading across the stage and music that is so intensive it is almost visible … are integral elements. Árvai develops his productions like an alchemist … There is nobody else in this area who produces such great diversity and complexity« (Tamás Halász, www.kultura.hu, Budapest, 16.02.2008).

Uraufführung: 15.02.2008, MU Theater, Budapest

Internetseite der Compagnie: www.artdisasters.com

Produktion: The Collective of Natural Disasters

The Collective of Natural Disasters wird unterstützt durch Oktatási és Kulturális Minisztérium (OKM) / Nemzeti Kulturális Alap (NKA) / MU Theater, Budapest / Flórián Muhely, Budapest.