„Head First” – the only chance to see in English @ Trafó House

Trafó House of Contemporary Arts

District, IX., 41. Liliom Street – Budapest

         Friday, November, 29.  – 8 p.m.

A performance that gives birth to itself … 4 dancers attempt the impossible: to get the audience to take part of the experience of giving birth. They share their own personal stories and memories of being in labor, including bodily functions, traumatic and euphoric events. They try to turn everything inside out that happened to them in the unconscious realm: beyond closed eyes and beneath the skin. They use humor, strong physical expression, words, images and sounds. To everyone that was ever born and is still alive … we don’t remember how we were born, and we won’t be able to tell the story of our dying. Giving birth is an equally elemental borderline event, outside real space and time – a rarefied experience.

Giving birth is the most personal public matter, and The Symptoms (a.k.a. Hungary’s most liked contemporary dance company) manages to create a shared experience of what is deeply intimate and individual. They achieve this by means of articulated, as well as mute confessions, and through the universal language of dance. The four female dancers, one of them an expectant mother, and the choreographer, Réka Szabó, reach back into their somatic knowledge of giving birth. They go beyond their personal sphere and put their subject into a broader social context. Also, they touch upon the much disputed right to free birth. The performance features a spectacular production design. This, coupled with a splendid sense of humor takes us back to the origin of life through a dramaturgy similar to the process of labor. Rhythmic contractions expand real time and space. They guide us, the audience, deep into the realm of instincts and the subconscious; gradually preparing us for the traumatic, yet euphoric moment of release.” curator -Orsolya Bálint.

In brief about the Symptoms Group: The Symptoms is a 15-year old performance group constantly looking for new ways of expression, of making an impact and making people think, feel and connect. They move freely across genres. They believe in the infinity of expression, the healing power of humor, and personality. They maintain that if they dig deep enough, they will get to the common human experience. Each of their productions is a different world and has a new language. Their creations are thought-provoking, dramatic, unfeigned and liberating. They are in dialogue with today’s world. They have created shows for the big and the small stage, documentaries, video blogs, theatrical adventure games, dance theater in education works for high school students, and they offer morning gymnastics classes and workshops as well.

Dancers: Dóra Furulyás, Csilla Nagy/Viktória Dányi, Melinda Virág, Juli Huzella.

Music: Zsolt Hammer, Ádám Jávorka, Dramaturg: Sára Gábor, Visual design, creative technology: Glowing Bulbs, Bence Samu, Tóbiás Terebessy, Consultant: György Árvai, Light: Attila Szirtes, Costume: Edit Szűcs, Choreographer’s assistant: Viktória Dányi. Director -choreographer: Réka Szabó. She was the one who directed „The Euphoria of Existence” and has won numerous awards worldwide.

Tickets on the spot at the Trafó House.

Update Aggie Reiter

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