Festival Diary

Foaie verde* – Day 9

Maria Tănase was the first to combine French chansons with Romanian folk music, more precisely the melancholic-lyrical genre of doinas and dirges, about the torments of a passionate life and world, setting an example of how folklore can become a source of inspiration not only in classical music but in contemporary pop music, too. Her…

Reflex(ions)

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…

Dance with pictures of the mother – Day 8

Two years ago She She Pop, a theatre company from Berlin, made a performance in which they featured their fathers: Testament (2010) was a one-of-a-kind adaptation of King Lear which presented – through situations and bits of dialogue taken out from the play, respectively through the performers’ own relations with their parents – the problems…

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Be yourself – Day 7

Tonight you can watch both Gob Squad’s Kitchen and She She Pop’s The Rite of Spring, and their proximity makes sense: the two companies are not only linked through their chosen aesthetics but also because they come from the same school, from the Institute for Applied Theatre Studies in Giessen, viewed as a laboratory for…

Reflex(ions)

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…

Reflex(ions)

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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Gob Squad’s Kitchen – Day 7
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Day 7 – Video
Reflex(ions)

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…