ORIENT EXPRESS MUSICAL WORLD PREMIERE AT THE ART OF HOUSE – GÖDÖLLŐ

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The 100-year-old “Orient Express” world premiere musical show at the cultural center of Gödöllő was sold out!

Well, this was no surprise for the awaited performance on  December, 13. 2014., because the expectations were huge. On board  the Orient Express all viewers must have felt really rolling on the railway tracks back time. Within the musical several art style, music solution appeared, which varied through the country’s train stations. The Hundred Years’ War  ended the Orient Express  journey from Paris to the city of rough times in history with several names as: Atatürk, New Rome, Constantinople, to-day known as Istanbul.

The audience arrived to take part at this special two-hour journey and nostalgic atmosphere. Before entering the auditorium, had a peak at the small exhibition along the hallway showing  items from the eating room in the era when the Orient Express was rolling on the tracks from East-to-West and back-and-forth. The travelers   ticket was examined by the train ticket controller who worn that railway uniform from that era. Shortly after signaled the beginning of the show communicated via announcer indicating the time in minutes of departure from the Paris Railway Station, also with the loud horn blowing. Special VIP, as the mayor of Sarajevo Ivo Komsic and Şakir Fakılı the Turkish ambassador also honored by their presence the world premiere unique musical show. A lineup of sponsors and several knowledgeable professional eyes were present to view the musical world premiere performance. The mayor of Gödöllő Dr. György Gémesi greated Mr. Mihály Babekmayor of the city of Szarvas, Ms. Ildikó Pécsi – actress, Mr. Károly Eperjesi – actor and Joshi Bharat – popular TV personal. The auditorium was completely filled with viewers also arriving from the capital and other provincial cities. Furthermore, way beyond the performance, the news spread crossing boarders, because there were viewers coming to see this awesome show from Prague and Vienna as well.

The actors from Békéscsaba Jókai Theater: Ms. Petra Gubin, Mr.György Szomor and Ms. Boglárka Farkas, Enikő Litauszki, Tünde Török – professional dancers were met with great enthusiasm from the audience. Péter Fekete brought many sights and sound within the musical … no wonder … his previous experience in working in the circus arts and having the illusionist’s past knowledge was spectacularly in use at the scenery elements, screenings and his great ideas appeared on the stage. The second part was more of the outbreak of the First World War, already showing the perceptible of pains and sorrow.

The grandiose, unique visual-world, luxury pieces was spiced up with the 15 years old  Percussion Talamba group. The superb Cimbaliband played nonstop throughout  the show. The Fricska (Flick) dance show was fulfilled with unmentionable fantastic energy. Most probably as the audience watching them laying the railway tracks, building bits-and-pieces of the bridge many held their breath, provoking the viewers of the symbolic meaning. The production was interactive as well, as the audience was pulled int he show becoming to add a little more sound with musical instruments which were handled to them during the break and together with the band in the pounding rhythm.

At the end of the performance the audience would not let the actors leave the stage. Over-and-over again the artists had to come out while around 15 minutes standing applause and cheers fulfilled the auditorium. Was really impossible to put a full stop to the production to have come to “THE-END!”

Sakir Fakılı, the Turkish ambassador expressed he has high hopes to see the show in Istanbul. A total of five foreign invitation already hit the day… I mean by night … at the end of the production, so number of attention already speaks for itself. Roaring applause maybe more than minutes waiting for the troupe to international guests arriving to the reception. As all gathered dr. György Gémesi Mayor of Gödöllő praised the magnificent work done by all on stage and thanked all the members bringing this awesome production and last but not least, for the theater lovers of Gödöllő this was real treat and were proud to have this world premiere in their city… which can be named as a pre-Xmas present to the City of Gödöllő.  Balázs Kovács – executive director also expressed his honor to have had brought to the House of Arts at the Cultural and Conference Center – Gödöllő this magnificent  production on stage and having the world premiere at Gödöllő.

At the reception after the show had a few minutes conversation with the Sarajevo Mayor Ivo Komšić, who said he absolutely wish to bring this show one day in front of the audience in their own country at the “Sarajevo Train Station” and will work together on this path with director Peter Fekete.  “It was a great performance and I am still under the influence. It was certainly classy musical performances that should be out to see not just in Europe. Not seen anything like this in amount of time. Congratulations to all the extraordinary participant in the show, and I look forward to not only the dream by director Peter Fekete to have come true, but to my dream to be fulfilled” said the mayor.

TIME-WILL-TELL! … hopefully it will not have to be only kept as a dream to wish to come true to have a train with the “Orient Express” logo which could take the musical artists on route from Paris to Istanbul to present this breathtaking production at each country’s city were once the Orient Express stopped previously before the First World War.

Previous herald news to this update see:

https://rollinginbudapest.com/2014/12/10/herald-news-orient-express-worldwide-musical-premiere-in-hungary-2014/

Update and snaps by Aggie Reiter

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