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Gábor Sára: Who’s afraid of the big bad Wolfgang?

Wolfgang Prikopil, a 44-year-old Austrian man kidnapped a 10 years old girl in 1998 and kept her in his cellar for 8 and a half years. The girl was called Natascha Kampusch. A Greek playwright, Mavritsakis Yannis wrote a piece based on the story from the viewpoint of the kidnapper in 2006, the year of…

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Joseph and His Critics – A workshop discussion

Hanga Aradi, Noémi Becsey-Imreh, Tímea-Éva Bogya, Sára Gábor, Alex Mircioi, Zsófia Tölli, Berni Zárug, Ema Onofrei:   Ema: Joseph and His Brothers is an adaptation of Thomas Mann’s (long, wry, psychological) 1943 novel on the (relatively short) Biblical story of Joseph (Genesis 37-47). The novel speculates how life might have been in those times, proposing…

SÁRA GÁBOR – SHARING MOTHERS

“Mama’s gonna wait up ‘til you get in Mama will always find out where you’ve been Mama’s gonna keep baby healthy and clean” Pink Floyd   Everybody has, or had, a mother (and a father). This is one of the basic elements that everybody shares. The process of growing up creates a need to cope…

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Noémi Becsey-Imreh, Tímea-Éva Bogya, Sára Gábor – WE’VE NEVER HAD IT SO GOOD

A conversation about Gob Squad’s Kitchen – All around me are smiling, shiny, grateful faces; surprised, shocked, appreciative eyes; people with muscles tired from laughter, palms hurting from clapping, full of ready-to-rumble energy. The audience of Reflex festival have been lucky enough to encounter Gob Squad’s atmosphere, energy, talent, way of thinking and special attitude…

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Tölli Zsófia – Push it hard

In the brochure the radical dance company Hodworks tell me that they don’t want me to like their show. A rhetorical technique it might be to say something like that, however, I feel I have to reflect to it. I did and did not like it at the same time. The show fits perfectly to…

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Alex Mircioi – Queers in space, or Why I Love Grace

Hodworks’s Grace is definitely Queer. Not simply gay. Not looking to represent a marginalised category on stage, but Queer. It’s subversive, breaking down said categories, to make a wonderfully sparkly, dissident chaos of bodies, sexuality and movement. It starts with humorous, absurd lines on either political issues or (I assume) made-up stories. It pokes fun…

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Alex Mircioi: Past, present // Personal, political – a most interesting diary entry

Romanian Journal. Sfântu Gheorghe, directed by Carmen Livia Vidu, tells the personal stories of six actors from the „Andrei Mureşanu” Theatre, mapping their process of acculturation to the town through intimate milestones. One, Daniel Rizea, went on a (successful) weight loss journey, while another,  Alexandra Ioana Costea, ran an (unsuccessful) campaign to become the manager…

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Zárug Berni: Concert with extras

Although, all the invited performances at this year’s Reflex festival are based on the connection between music and theatre, Alice, directed by Bocsárdi László stands out for two main reasons. Firstly, it is a cooperation between the sZempöl Offchestra and the Tamási Áron Theatre, so this is a performance that literally melts the music into…

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Tölli Zsófia: Paintings of voices – Songs of Lear

The award-winning Songs of Lear by The Song of the Goat Theatre, a progressive and innovative Polish ensemble, took place at REFLEXFEST4: an orchestral experience on the edge of drama. What remains when you break a drama down into fragments? When you don’t keep the dialogue, but seek only the pure music behind the story…

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Becsey-Imreh Noémi: Once upon a time

Four hours (almost), one interval; four characters (alive), one dead. A rhythmic composition of words and silence, shouting and laughter, movement and stillness, bodies and objects, present and past; all spiced with a massive dose of shocks, physical and psychological violence. This is what Andriy Zholdak is serving for us for dinner. If you want…