18–19 October 8 p.m. Trafó  

photo by István Lábadi
Artus Theatre
Osiris Coverage
(world première)

creative performers: Tamás Bakó, László Czétényi, Kati Dombi, Bea Gold, Erzsi Kiss, Péter Lipka, Andrea Nagy, István Oldal, Orsolya Sipos, Lea Tolnai, Nina Umniakov,
György Tr. Szabó
set design: Ferenc Sebestyén, István Oldal
lighting: Gábor Kocsis
music: Erzsi Kiss
musical coordinator: Balázs Temesvári
costumes: Krisztina Berzsenyi
video: Ernst Süss
special stage props: Orsolya Sipos, Gábor Kocsis, István Oldal
assistant: Ágnes Varanyi
directed and choreographed by Gábor Goda

Personal, poetic, mythic and absurd. Even as we speak, the children of Isis and Osiris cut up into fourteen pieces, keep re-evaluating history. What seems invulnerable from the outside is sick inside and will crumble in the end. An isolated and sterile world can not help rotting from the inside. A state of idyll is always mysterious in a frightening way. Profane rites, visual and musical phenomena. A theatre of actions.
(Supported by the Ministry of Cultural Heritage, the National Culture Fund, the Cultural Committee of the Municipal Assembly of Budapest, the Soros Foundation, Trafó, Fonó Budai Zeneház, Albeo Kft., Zumfilm)
subsequent performance: 20 October

  19–20 October 8 p.m. Szkéné Színház  

photo by CIPO®
Béla Pintér Company
Darvas Pintér: Peasant’s Opera
(world première)

The bridegroom                            Béla Pintér
His mother                                  Szilvia Baranyi
His father                                    József Tóth
His step sister                             Éva Enyedi
The bride                                    Sarolta Nagy-Abonyi
Her mother                                  Tünde Szalontai
Her father                                    Sándor Bencze
Stationmaster                              Szabolcs Thúróczy
The stranger                                Tamás Deák
Benedek Darvas – harpsicord, Bence Gazda, László Nyíri, Gábor Pelva – violin, Samu Gryllus – violincello
set design:                                  Péter Horgas, Gábor Tamás
costumes:                                   Mari Benedek
lighting:                                      Gábor Tamás
coach:                                        Bea Palya
assistant:                                   Krisztina Kovács
composer:                                  Benedek Darvas
written and directed by              Béla Pintér

"The Peasant’s Opera a treatment of a ballad-like story in the form of an opera. The music is based on a somewhat bizarre, still homogeneous mixture of Hungarian folk songs from Transylvania, baroque music and rock music. The plot may be familiar for many. According to my grandmother, it happened ages ago to people from Szabadszállás. Please forgive me if I don’t go into more details at this point, it should suffice to say that it will feature a few unhappy people, passion, a sense of humour, incest and murder.
Those who have liked it are welcome to return.
Those who don’t like it should have their head examined." (Béla Pintér)
(Supported by the Ministry of Cultural Heritage, the National Culture Fund, the Cultural Committee of the Municipal Assembly of Budapest, the Soros Foundation, Szkéné Theatre, Picaro Foundation)
subsequent performances: 21–22 October

  20–21 October 8 p.m. A Gyár  

First Hungarian Post-Dramatic Research Institute (Mozgó Ház Ex)
No 16 473
An Endre Závoczki Requiem
Near Dead Experience
based on Ferenc Molnár’s Liliom
(world première)

Actors: Adrienn Bor, Réka Gévai, István Gőz, Erika Pereszlényi, Gábor Pintér, Balázs Vajna, Lívia Varjú
music: Barna Balázs
technical director: Szirtes Attila
directed by László Hudi

"Entry No 16473". According to Ferenc Molnár, this is Endre Závoczki’s- that is, Liliom’s- registration number in the beyond.
"The Beyond": the world after death that is often mistaken for physical death, marking a specific mental dimension in which all actions and the entire history of mankind, past and future, are present simultaneously, including the story of Liliom – ever since it was written by Molnár. Therefore, "the beyond" exists not in time, and is not a specific form of future taking place after death, but is, rather, an everlasting present. The story of Liliom in this "beyond" is not identical with the true story of Liliom. "The Beyond" is a personal environment, a mental dimension, thus the objective story as written by Molnár is distorted to the extent that the involvement of the actor and the subconscious Liliom-story, distorts it. The actor, through his professional achievement, is able to recall a changed state of mind that can help him enter into this other dimension called "the beyond", and can conjure up the story of Liliom; however, it is a specific Liliom-story innate in him. This is the only source of authenticity, a ticket to "the beyond". We must arrive to our own personal Liliom story, rather than recall a story imagined by others and laden with conventions.
(Supported by the Ministry of Cultural Heritage, the National Culture Fund, the Cultural Committee of the Municipal Assembly of Budapest, Trafó. The organisers express special thanks to Ildikó Lőkös and György Árvai)
subsequent performances: 22–27 October

  2023 October  

Evenings of the Contemporary Dance Theatre Association

In our achievement-oriented world it is an even greater task to establish a measurement system for Value. Taboos disappear, presumed or real truth is born and dies away by the minute, cunning epigones and obsessed modern spiritualists search for the true soul of our century and fumble through the foggy road leading to the Self, fossilised into technocracy. A multitude of 21st century Fausts set a rapid pace.

The first confusing question is: what is value? Like it or not, the jurors will have to come up with an answer. In order to avoid unnecessary risks, they decided not to pass any judgement, but rather to introduce to a larger public young enthusiastic "theatre-makers" who, thus far, were only known by a narrower audience. Please receive them with an open mind and free spirit, and let yourself be enchanted." (Miklós Köllő)
Members of the jury include Márk Fenyves, Miklós Köllő, Réka Szabó
(supported by the Cultural Committee of the Municipal Assembly of Budapest)


20 October 8 p.m.    OFF PROGRAMME    L1 Táncművek
Gyula Berger – Márta Ladjánszki – Attila Dóra: Almost 3
performed by Gyula Berger, Márta Ladjánszki, Attila Dóra

21 October 8 p.m.    Merlin Színház
Krisztián Gergye: e.sch.eroto
choreographed and performed by Krisztián Gergye
Zsófia Murányi – Gyula Francia: Alternative wishes
choreography by Zsófia Murányi
Márta Ladjánszki: Stretching Thighs
choreography by Márta Ladjánszki
(shared third prize winner of the 2nd Solo Dance Festival)
Csongor Szabó: Monster

choreographed and performed by Csongor Szabó
Ákos Hargitai: Singing in the Rain (Again)
choreographed and performed by Ákos Hargitai

22 October 8 p.m.    Merlin Színház
Ádám Fejes: Images
performed by Ádám Fejes, József Hámori, Nikoletta Jónás, Zizi Mészáros
choreography by Ádám Fejes

23 October 8 p.m.    OFF PROGRAMME    Petrik Lajos Vegyipari Szakközépiskola
OFF Dance Theatre Company: Lux
choreography by Adrienn Hód
(subsequent performances: 24–25 October)

  23 October 7.30 p.m. Fővárosi Nagycirkusz  

graphics by Dániel Merényi
Krétakör Theatre
István Tasnádi – Árpád Schilling: Fatherland, my all (hazámhazám)
– Taigetos nursery II –
in memoriam Géza Hofi
(Hungarian première)
Adults only

Played by: Gergely Bánki, Eszter Csákányi, József Gyabronka, László Katona, Annamária Láng, Zoltán Mucsi, Zsolt Nagy, Borbála Péterfy, Roland Rába, Lilla Sárosdi, Péter Scherer, Sándor Terhes, Gábor Viola, Tilo Werner
music composed by: László Melis, Miklós Lukács
musicians: Miklós Lukács, Csaba Novák, Kálmán Oláh, Balázs Szokolay
set design: Márton Ágh
costume design: Katalin Varga
costumier : Júlia Kiss
lighting: Tamás Bányai
choreography: Csaba Horváth
literary managers: Anna Veress, Péter Kárpáti, András Forgách, Balázs Erős
masks: Fruzsina Nagy
assistant to the director: Péter Tóth
producer: Máté Gáspár

directed by Árpád Schilling

The performance has undertaken the task of giving an overview of Hungary’s recent history following the political transition. It is not our aim to give an inventory of the events as they took place, or to present any presumed or real correlation, or to investigate the facts or uncover them; the performance merely plays with the facts, mixing reality with fiction to create from the ordinary a sovereign stage reality filled with elements of a fairy tale, viewing the past 13 years of Hungary and Eastern-Central Europe from a grotesque-satirical angle. We are not thinking in terms of a play, but rather a show, or even more precisely, events. This evening will be dedicated to national self-reflection with the help of the stage.
In concurrence with the diversity of the theme, the show uses different stylistic elements and theatrical forms, from video screenings to classical quotations, farces, folk dance and variety show. The musical context determining the character of the show is made up of live music, using different styles and genres of the Hungarian musical tradition, from folklore through popular national songs and operetta to rockandroll. Some of the song texts are works of Budapest’s homeless poets.
(A Krétakör production supported by Magyar Cirkusz és Varieté Kht., the MC 93 Bobigny, CDN Orléans, THEOREM /Culture 2000), in collaboration with the Saturdays in Zsámbék; supported by the National Cultural Fund, the Cultural Committee of the Municipal Assembly of Budapest, and the Soros Foundation)

  25–26 October 8 p.m. Trafó  

photo by Marc Vanappelghem
Alias Compagnie (Switzerland)
L’odeur du voisin

performed by: Caroline de Cornière, Joseph Trefeli, Kylie Walters, Mike Winter, Asier Zabaleta
set design: Gilles Lambert
costumes: Caroline de Cornière, Samantha François-Kapitz
lighting: Pascal Burgat, Jean-Marc Serre
technical director: Pascal Burgat
studio recordings: Andrès Garcia
music: Hans-Peter Kuhn, Ary Barroso, et al
administrator: Airelle Buff
communications: Christine Hirsig
advisor: Gabriel Décoppet
choreography by: Caroline de Cornière and Guilherme Botelho, in collaboration with the dancers

"A man who eats alone in a restaurant takes in more than just the food." (G. Haldas)

This is the second visit of the internationally acclaimed Alias Compagnie to Trafó, this time again they have brought their latest production here. The first part of the show received a local award at the Rencontres chorégraphiques internationales Festival in Seine-Saint-Denis in 2000. At the restaurant in L’odour du voisin reality has two planes. Using different atmospheres which arise from the interplay between characters, morsels of daily life are kidnapped by the strange and unusual. The images close around certain characters: a ‘close-up’ of constrained promiscuity. Another reality is created by the incessant come and go, the play between distance and proximity – by that slight shift which tips reality into something strange but familiar.
(organised jointly with Trafó; supported by: Département des affaires culturelles de la Ville de Genève, Département de l'Instruction Publique du Canton de Genève, Pro Helvetia – Fondation Suisse pour la Culture, Stanley Thomas Johnson Stiftung, Sophie und Karl Binding Stiftung, la Loterie Romande, CORODIS, Lombard Odier & Cie; a Prix d’auteur du Conseil général de la Seine-Saint-Denis, France /Rencontres chorégraphiques internationales 2000/)

  29–30 October 7 p.m. Merlin Színház  

graphics by Bill Mitchell
Sámán Theatre – Kneehigh Company (Great Britain)
Emma Rice: Wild Bride or The Handless Woman
(world première)

Performed by: Jon Fenner, Éva Magyar, Borbála Blaskó, Réka Szabó, Gábor Botond BarnaBR Sets &Visual effects: Bill Mithcell
directed by Emma Rice

Emma Rice and Bill Mitchell – leaders of Kneehigh, a British dance theatre, have chosen a best seller, a collection of folk legends from around the world, as the vantagepoint for their ensuing work. It is a very powerful visual tale of the encounter between the Devil and a woman and their interaction with the surrounding world. The story is about an unfortunate young girl who is sold unawares to the Devil by her parents and how she manages to embrace her destiny and maintain her human courage, while her quiet determination tames and turns the negative powers over to her side. What makes this execution unique is the collaboration of the two creative teams, with their very different cultural inheritance, trying to solve and communicate centuries old ideas and relating them to European behaviour norms.
(co-producer: Merlin Theatre; supported by The British Council, National Cultural Fund, British Airways)
subsequent performances: 31 October, 1–2 November

  30–31 October 8 p.m. Trafó  

photo by Séverine -
atelier graphique J. L. Fouchez
Josef Nadj (France)
Journal d’un inconnu

: Percussion of Ethiopia, Sakata and Halottkísérö (Bethlen, Észak, Mezöség) (excerpt from Csík Zenekar and Tiszta Szívvel); Son Sventa Cajvaltic (excerpt from Mexico, Fiestas of Chiapas and Oaxaca); Portofélé (excerpt from Cigány Folklór, Magyarország / Románia)
Scenography: Josef Nadj and Rémi Nicolas
Lighting: Rémi Nicolas assisted by Xavier Lazarini
Costumes: Bjanka Ursulov
Set design: Michel Tardif
Paintings: Jacqueline Bosson
Video: Thierry Thibaudeau
Technical Manager and Lighting: Xavier Lazarini
Video and Sound Manager: Thierry Thibaudeau
Stage Master: Valéry Franch
Tour organiser: Martine Dionisio
based on Nadj’s own diary and poems by Ottó Tolnai
choreography by Josef Nadj
I’m Afraid You Make an Exception for Me

Lord I beseech you do not save me
that would be more manly
do not save me
in spite of my prayers
a schoolchild repenting a first mortal sin
I shall implore you unceasingly
do not save me
with my tears I shall fill
all your receptacles
your dented thimbles
your enormous barrels
I shall sob
in all your holed black socks
Lord I beg you do not save me

let the rat
diligent worker driller of tunnels
build a road through my belly
let the wolf
locked within me
noisily chew my face
rather marvel to see us
more than ever you marvelled
at seeing smitten lovers
Lord I beseech you do not save me
hear my prayer pure ice broken up
do not save me
I know you have never saved anyone
but I am afraid that you will make an exception for me
I beseech you Lord do not save me I beseech you do not save me
(Otto Tolnai)

Josef Nadj and his company’s latest work, Vigilants, also shown during the Budapest Spring Festival this year, can be looked upon as a concluding piece of an artistic period. The attention of this innovative choreographer, tireless in building his own unique artistic tools, has turned towards new directions. What preoccupies Nadj currently is well reflected in his most recent work, the Journal d’un inconnu, a very personal solo performance marking the beginning of a new creative phase in his life. The show premièred at the Biennale of Venice on June 6, 2002.
(organised jointly with Trafó; a co-production of the Centre Chorégraphique National d’Orléans and the Théâtre de la Ville – Paris; supportersof the Centre Chorégraphique National d'Orléans are: the Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication – Direction de la musique, de la danse, du théâtre et des spectacles, Direction Régionale des Affaires Culturelles Centre, Ville d’Orléans, Conseil Régional du Centre, Conseil Général du Loiret; tours abroad are made possible by A.F.A.A.)
www.trafo.hu/ www.josefnadj.com/

  31 October – 1 November 8 p.m. MU Színház  

graphics by
Dorka Hübner
(world première)

performed by: Veronika Vámos, Gerzson Péter Kovács
musicians: Ferenc Kovács, Sándor Kovács, Kálmán Oláh – violin, Novák Csaba – contrabass
visual efffects: Gerzson Péter Kovács
music composed by: Kovács Ferenc
Costumes: Edit Szűcs
choreography by Gerzson Péter Kovács

"The cultures of several thousand years build up on the individual and his imprints, useful, valuable and comprehensible for the community, one who has created the world through a creative act, and presented and preserved himself and his universe, while religions, demagogue ideologies, self-interested cynics, "rational" civilisations regulate, annihilate, kill, poison the free, creative Human Being. But – in spite of these evil efforts - he leaves his imprint on the walls of the caves and sends his message through the millennia: "Here I am, I have just changed the world". The new TranzDanz piece is an imprint of thought taking refuge in caves and reserves in an attempt to escape from the ordinary and "practical"; it is a present-day pictograph/cartoon.
Ferenc Kovács is the composer (Dresch Quartet, Djabe, Balogh Kálmán Gipsy Cimbalom Band) of the show based on live music. His fellow musicians include: Sándor Budai, gypsy band leader and Csaba Novák on contrabass, both members of the Kálmán Balog Gypsy Cimbalom Band, and Kálmán Oláh, violinist, soloist of the Hungarian Virtuosi." (Gerzson Péter Kovács)
(supported by the Ministry of Cultural Heritage, the Cultural Committee of the Municipal Assembly of Budapest, the National Culture Fund, and the MU Theatre)
subsequent performance: 2 November

  2–3 November 8 p.m. Trafó  

photo by Guy Morley
and the Brighton Dome
Akram Khan Company (a programme of the British Council)

performed by: Akram Khan, Rachel Krische, Moya Michael, Inn Pang Ooi, Shanel Winlock
music: Nitin Sawhney, and John Oswald:
Spectre (performed by the Kronos Quartet)
set design: Anish Kapoor
lighting: Aideen Malone
costumes: Saeunn Huld
choreography by Akram Khan

Hindu goods, black holes, Indian time cycles, creation and destruction constitute the key concepts of the show to be presented this year. "It is vital that we recall the value of the intangible. Is it not true that it is the emptiness of a mug that makes it useful? Similarly, the mystery of true forms lies in the stillness between two steps, the pause in music, or in hollow cosmical space." – writes Akram Khan, who combines classical Indian dance with contemporary Western traditions.
The dancer-choreographer was born in London to parents native of Bangladesh. He was initiated into the 500 year-old classical Indian dance technique, Khatak, at the Indian Dance Academy. The choreography of Kaash is based on typical Indian rhythmic qualities. Kaash was inspired by the notion according to which the behaviour of Indian gods and the respective system of symbols can be described by specific rhythmic patterns and motions. Khan, who collaborated with, among others, Pandit Ravi Shankar and Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, appeared in Mahábhárata (directed by Peter Brook). He started his own group in August 2000. Since April, he has been the resident choreographer of the Royal Festival Hall of London.
(organised jointly with Trafó; co-producers: South Bank Centre, Tramway, Vooruit, Sampad, DanceEast, Maison Des Arts Créteil, Wexner Center for the Arts at the Ohio State University supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation; supporters of the Akram Khan Company: The Arts Council of England, London Arts; Kaash was made possible by: The Quercus Trust, Jerwood Space, Birmingham DanceXchange; külön köszönet: Angela Bernstein, Jonathan Burrows, Julia Carruthers, Damian Chapman, Rachel Harris, Su-Man Hsu, Malcolm Glanville, Catrin John, Brendan Keaney, Richard Lee, Rob Lynden, Tim McKeough, Lyndsey Williams, Dance Umbrella, Guy Morley and the Brighton Dome.)

  3 November 7 p.m. Thália Színház  

Contemporary Folk Dance Evening

Once again this year, at the traditionally held programme of the Budapest Autumn Festival, we may see the experimental combining of the very traditional with the contemporary. In the programme many different types of ideas and tradition interpretations are given presentation, each different from one another: the audience may see the best of the past season, in accordance with the wide spectrum of the Contemporary Folk Dance Evenings seen over the past decade, each individual and colourful in its own way.
(organised by the Martin György Folk-dance Association)

  22 October 7.30 p.m. OFF PROGRAMME   Thália Színház, Új Stúdió  

András Visky: Júlia
dialogue about love
(world première)
performed by: Enikő Szilágyi
directed by: Gábor Tompa

"Ten performances may be seen in the programme of the 7th annual Studio Theatre Days. The productions taking part in this festival are those which were supported by the Soros Foundation and were decided as the best performances by the curators. The ten performances present the most important tendencies of artistic experimentation going on presently in Hungarian experimental/alternative theatre workshops. Four dance theatre performances, two Budapest and two provincial studio-type theatre performances are included, as well as the most noteworthy alternative production of the past year; the Krétakör Theatre’s production entitled W – Workers’ Circus is a performance that caused many professional debates. In addition to these productions, there is also an Ionesco adaptation in Roma language, which was made possible with the help of the Roma Parliament. These professionally and artistically quality performances promise audiences interested in theatre specialities many performances that are interesting and full of content." (István Nánay)

  20 October 7 p.m. Bárka Színház  

Bárka Theatre
Harold Pinter: The Homecoming
directed by László Bérczes

  22 October 8 p.m. MU Színház  

The Collective of Natural Disasters
62 Days
designed, composed and directed by György Árvai

  24 October 7 p.m. Merlin Színház  

Petőfi Theatre Veszprém
August Strindberg: The Pelican
directed by Anca Bradu

  25 October 7 p.m. Bethlen Kortárs Táncműhely  

Central Europe Dance Theatre – Móricz Zsigmond Theatre Nyíregyháza
directed and choreographed by Csaba Horváth
www.cedt.hu/ www.moriczszinhaz.hu/

  26 October 7 p.m. Tivoli  

Budapest Chamber Theatre
William Shakespeare: Macbeth
directed by Róbert Alföldi

  28 October 8 p.m. Trafó  

Compagnie Pál Frenák
choreography by Pál Frenák

  29 October 8 p.m. Szkéné Színház  

KOMPmÁNIA / Attila Csabai Company
Cyber Geishas (Gertrude and Alice's Adventures in Wonderland)
choreography by
Attila Csabai

  1 November 8 p.m. Magyarországi Roma Parlament  

Maladype – Theatre of Encounters
Eugène Ionesco: Jacques or the Submission
directed by Zoltán Balázs

  2 November 8 p.m. Thália Színház, Régi Stúdió  

Krétakör Theatre
W – Workers’ Circus
directed by Árpád Schilling

  2 November 10 p.m. Thália Színház  

Awards ceremony and closing discussions

For more information see the programme of the Studio Theatre Days.

  24 October 7 p.m. Millenáris Teátrum  

Hungarian Opera of Kolozsvár/Cluj
Attila Demény: Parafarm

libretto by: András Visky (based on George Orwell’s book Animal Farm)
Napoleon Bálint Szabó
Snowball Levente Szakács
Clover Zsejke Székely
Molly Zsófia Popovici
Boxer Zsolt Dániel
Benjamin V. Róbert Laczkó
Two dogs László Veress, Árpád Sándor
Sheep Ildikó Sz. Veress, Enikő Pataki, Ildikó Páll
Set design Judit Dobre-Kóthay
Costume design Katalin Starmüller
Director’s assistant Annamária Gombár
Conducted by Katalin G. Incze
Directed by Attila Demény

"Parafarm is a surrealist vision, which looks towards Orwell’s novel as much as it looks away from it. It can happen to anyone, anywhere. As a genre, it is a combination of the chamber opera and a dance theatre. I wished to show the possible hypostasis of power in this sketchy but easily comprehended story." (Attila Demény)

Attila Demény: Unfinished Conjugation
danse macabre – chamber opera

libretto by András Visky (based on István Örkény’s "One-Minute Story")
performed by: Judit Hary, Enikő Pataki, Mária Molnár, András Takács, Árpád Sándor,
János Szilágyi, along with the chamber orchestra of the Cluj Hungarian Opera
Set design: Judit Dobre-Kóthay
Costume design: Katalin Starmüller
Choreography consultant: Melinda Szilágyi Jakab
Director’s assistant: Annamária Gombár
Conducted by: Zsolt Lászlóffy
Directed by: Attila Demény

"There are many reasons why I wrote this piece and why I chose to première it together with my chamber opera Parafarm ten years ago. I look for the link between my two operas after ten years, I’m looking for myself in the history of ten years, at the new turn of the century, in its conflict of values, in its code switch. It came about that I had to write about the repetitions, the monomania, and the provocation of grotesque unsuccessfulness at the beginning of this strange eastern-central European century. This is why, after I wrote Parafarm, I write Unfinished Conjugation without using names or parts, only situations or events. It seemed that perhaps the genre of singing-pantomime is the most fitting to these feelings." (Attila Demény)

  3 November 7.30 p.m. Budapest Bábszínház  

Gábor Gerhes:
a T megtalálása
Gergely Vajda : The Giant baby
Chamber opera for singers, instruments, speakers and puppets, based on Tibor Déry’s play
(world première)

Newborn/Newborn 2. Mariann Falusi
Father Gábor Lengyel
Nikodemos Péter Bárány
Virgin/Stefánia Judit Rajk
Gábor Czipott, Zsolt Csák, Erzsébet Csortán, István Kemény, Zsuzsanna Kenyeres, Judit Kovács, Judit Rusz, Anna Simándi
Musicians: Zoltán Gyöngyössy – flutes, Nándor Götz – saxophones, Péter Burget – trombone, Péter Ács – contrabass, Boglárka Fábri – percussion, Balázs Horváth – piano coach, synthesizer
Set design: Margit Balla and Péter Horgas
sounddesigner and studio works: Péter Erdélyi
Assistant: Eszter Bánky
Conducted by: Gergely Vajda
Directed by: Balázs Kovalik

"I have no problems. I am immortal. Life is obedient to me, because I am the beginning..." The Giant Baby who, from the moment of birth could walk, talk, and understand everything, who was sold by his father, who believes himself to be the master of life and death, who was already displayed in the circus when he was only a few hours old, who kills out of fun, is just as innocent and naïve as any other baby. Or is he? For he knows that, "there is nothing more beautiful when you feel hungry and you are left unsatiated, when you are cold and have no blanket, when you are ill and cannot get well". If everyone is satisfied with his or her own Paradise. By the time his time runs out - over the course of three short acts - he must understand that no one lives on this earth free of its consequences, no one can live and die for free... all one can do is ask the question: "What was the meaning of my life? And I ask, what was the meaning of my death?"

(supported by the National Culture Fund)

www.budapest-babszinhaz.hu www.bmc.hu/vajda

subsequent performances: 4, 8 November

  18 October 7.30 p.m. Bárka Színház, Vívóterem  

An Evening with the Composer; Introducing Béla Faragó
The Faces of Light
CD première
performers: Katalin Pitti and the members of the Voces Aequales Choral Ensemble (Zoltán Gavodi, Csaba Gyulai, Zoltán Mizsei), also: Gergő Balázs – violin, Samu Gryllus – bass guitar, János Nagy – synthesisers
sound engineer: István Horváth
space installation: Sándor Sárkány

The Faces of Light – Béla Faragó’s third CD of compositions - will be out in autumn of 2002
under the label of Binder Music Manufactury. The basic idea of the piece consisting of several
movements, lasting almost an hour and a half, was death or near-death experiences illustrated
with voice and synthesisers. Inspiration for the piece can be found in the Epitaph of Seikilos (one of the earliest fragments of the origins of European music), Aeschylus’s Hymn to Zeus, the Dies Irae melody from the Middle Ages. Prayer fragments from Byzantium, as well as the sounds of the Jewish shofar herald of the new year were also inspiration, just as the "dead" sounds of the synthesisers that can be played by anyone, may be put to the purpose of serving music.
When the CD was recorded, the instrumental parts were played by the composer on synthesisers. This concert will present the "live" version, which resounds in its instrumental adaptation. Electronic instruments and computers combine with acoustic instruments. In addition, the concert includes a reworking of the Dies Irae, which cannot be heard on the CD.
(a joint production with the Bárka Theatre)

  19 October 7.30 p.m. Új Színház  

Concert of the After Crying Group and the Brass in the Five Quintet

As a result of the many-faceted role the brass ensemble has played in various musical ages and areas, it is especially qualified to present the links and passages that can illustrate our divided musical culture in a different way than "accepted" musical styles and forms. The Brass in the Five Quintet is highly qualified, with their musical past and experience, to take part in this game, while the performers of the After Crying group (who are also the composers of the concert) regularly take part in similar experimental performances.

www.aftercrying.com www.brass5.hu

  21 October 7.30 p.m. Zeneakadémia  

photo by László Müller
Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Works by György Kurtág

Messages – for orchestra Op. 34 (1991–1996)
             Letter to Péter Eötvös
             Aus der Ferne – Hommage à Alfred Schlee 85
... a solemn air ... – Hommage à Albert Simon 70
Progress Report - a word with Zoltán Jeney
Inscription on a Grave in Cornwall Hommage à Sabine Tomek
             Flowers we are... – to Zoltán Kocsis (...in memoriam Otto Kocsis...)
Splinters Op. 6/c – for cimbalom
New Messages
– for orchestra Op. 34/a (1998–2000)*
             Merran’s dream (Caliban detecting - rebuilding Mirranda’s dream) Shadows –
                  Message à Elmar Weingarten

             ... aus tiefer Not ... – un message à Madeleine Santchi
Les adieux – in Janáčeks Manier (In memoriam Egon von Westerholt)
             Message to Zoltán Peskó
             Merran’s dream (Caliban detecting - rebuilding Mirranda’s dream) – string instrument
Pieces from Games, solo and cello works from the series Signs, Games and Messages for strings
Preface to a Bálint Exhibition for piano
             Doina for piano
             The Faith (from The Sayings of Péter Bornemisza Op. 7) for violincello
             Les adieux in Janáčeks Manier for piano
             Signs Op. 5b I (Agitato) – II (Giusto) for cello
             Pilinszky János: Gérard de Nerval for cello
             Play with overtones for piano
             Hommage à J. S. B.
(from the 12 new mikrolúdium) for piano
             Stop and Go for piano
             Kroó György in memoriam
for cello
             Shadows for cello
             Hommage à Paganini for piano
for piano
             Studie zu Hölderlin for piano
Shadows for cello and upright piano
Grabstein für Stephan Op. 15/c (1978–1979, rev. 1989) for solo guitar and divided instument groups

* Hungarian première

performers: Elena Casoli – guitar, Ildikó Vékony – cimbalom, Gábor Csalog – piano, Miklós Perényi – cello, the Choir of the Hungarian Radio (conducter: Kálmán Strausz)
conducted by Zoltán Peskó

"The works of György Kurtág could often be heard in the past decade in the frame of »composed concert programmes«. The main idea of this is that the composer may arrange the programmes in such a way that the connections between the compositions can be heard by the audience. Tonight’s programme contains selections that seem to be unusually paired; in this way, for example, chamber pieces are set next to works that require a more large-scale ensemble. Among his earliest pieces is the cimbalom cycle made up of four movements entitled Splinters, which alludes to János Pilinszky’s volume of poetry. Its last movement, this mourning music inspired by folk mourning songs is dedicated to the memory of the composer's friend from youth, the violinist Stefan Romascanu. This piece is a kind of introduction to many other works of the concert, as in memoriam and homage pieces were always an important part of the composer’s works. However, there is another connection between Splinters and Grabstein für Stephan written between 1988 and 1989: both were originally written for guitar. In the former, the guitar was changed to cimbalom, while in the latter, the main role of the guitar was preserved while it was imbedded as a solo instrument in an orchestra. For a long time, the orchestra was a foreign medium for Kurtág. At the turn of the 1980s and 1990s, Kurtág tried to grasp larger ensembles by arranging the orchestra into smaller groups and setting them at various points of the auditorium. In the example of the Grabstein, the chords of the guitar echo throughout the room in the frame of the piece, while in the middle section, the anger towards mortality is expressed with a spine-chilling howl. Kurtág’s piece Stele, written in 1994, may be seen as his first real orchestral piece. Parallel to this piece, Kurtág began writing short pieces for instrumental ensembles of various sizes, which later became a series under the name of Messages. The pieces of this series - just like those in his new series entitled New Messages, sounding for the first time in Hungary - are dedicated to close friends: they are words of understanding, caution and sympathy. These orchestral cycles are relatives of the Plays and Games group, which contains piano pieces, and the collection of pieces written for string and wind instruments called Signs, Games and Messages. A selection of these pieces may also be heard tonight." (Péter Halász)

(supported by the National Culture Fund)


  25 October 7.30 p.m. Bárka Színház  

UMZE Ensemble and their guests

György Kurtág, Jr.: The Hollow of the Deep Sea Wave (Hungarian première)
the composer – synthesisers
Lukas Ligeti: Independence (Hungarian première)
Amadinda Percussion Group

Miklós Perényi: Ritornello per 21 (World première)
UMZE Ensemble

Péter Eötvös: Intervalles-Intérieurs
György Déri – cello, Aurél Holló – percussion, Csaba Klenyán – tombone, Anna Mérei – violin, Michael Svoboda – trombone
József Pálfi – sound technician
conducted by: Péter

"The composition by György Kurtág Jr. (b.1954) was commissioned by the Vienna Festival; its title alludes to Hokusai’s famous painting. Perhaps it is misleading to speak of a composition, since the composer-performer plays the basic schemes present in his mind differently each time on several synthesisers. According to the composer, the piece is improvisation, which contains elements of written pieces. At the same time, the improvisation is directed by a few simple basic principles: setting the sharpest contrasts against each other, equalised by the effort to balance these contrasts. The composer is playing a game with himself as well as with his audience: he listens to his own music so he can continue by reacting to what has already been played, and he also watches the audience to incorporate their reactions into the improvisation.

Lukas Ligeti (b.1965) studied composition and jazz-percussion in his hometown of Vienna and later attended Stanford University where he researched computer music. He has been living in New York since 1998 and often visits the Ivory Coast where he studies the music of the drummers native to the country. The main idea of the piece entitled Independence, also commissioned by the Vienna Festival, is the balance between the independence and togetherness of the four percussion players. The piece becomes flexible through the constant movement of the strict metric frame alternating between fast and slow. One can hear the stepping change between definite- and indefinite-pitch instruments, the instruments made of leather, metal and other materials. One may also hear how the ideas of individual players soon take over the entire group. This is a metaphor of how the actions of free will of an individual can affect a whole community.

The composition entitled Ritornello written in 1998 by Miklós Perényi (b. 1948) is a one-movement piece for 21 instruments: wind and brass, string and percussion instruments. The title alludes to the repetition of certain thematic sections, since the piece returns again and again to a few set points, mapping the network of relationships developing between them. Diverse and meticulous instrumentation has an especially important role. Various accompanying instruments sketch the shadows of the solo instruments (clarinet, trumpet, xylophone, marimba), and in this way the sound of the ensemble becomes a body whose plastic characteristics we see in ever changing light.

In the oeuvre of Péter Eötvös (b.1944) the compositions often exist in many different types of forms, relative to one another. The basic material of Intervalles-Intérieurs written in 1981 is the recorded music of two electronic organs of the piece called Electrochronic written seven years earlier. The work Electrochronic looks back at musical experiments in which the characteristics of interference between intervals are studied. Intervalles-Intérieurs complements this with traditional instruments, which lead us to "the inside of intervals", showing the melodies and rhythms hidden between the frequency differences." (Péter Halász)

  26 October 7.30 p.m. MTA Kongresszusi Terem  

photo by Andrea Felvégi
Péter Eötvös’s Academic Inaugural Concert

The Childrens Chorus of the Hungarian Radio (director: Gabriella Thész)
Gábor Eckhardt, Péter Nagy – piano
voice recording, József Pálfi – sound technician
Psalm 151 – in memoriam Frank Zappa
Zoltán Rácz – percussion
Two Poems to Polly
György Déri – cello
Dervish Dance
Csaba Klenyán, Lajos Rozmán, Gergely Vajda – clarinet

" »All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players . . .« The works of Péter Eötvös give a unique paraphrase to this Shakespeare quotation. Each of his compositions is a play and each sound and gesture is an actor in it. The performer must become a comedian, an orator or a dancer for the sake of the proper interpretation of the piece, sometimes speaking and or doing pantomime accompany the musical performance. The diversity in genre of his stage works is astounding: as if he were searching for a new form of dramatic expression in each of his new works. If he works with texts, he plunges to the depths of the melody and rhythm of language, excavating the raw material of music from it. He always uses a new method with the effects of text and music on one another, as if he were trying to map all the possibilities with encyclopaedic quality. Even those works, which are »clearly« instrumental, without any events, texts or scenes, are still somehow like plays or films. He admits, »I would like it if the same sort of vision would materialise in front of the audience while having an acoustic experience as if they were sitting in a theatre. Making sights be heard and sounds be seen is a miraculous idea for me.« He constantly traverses »forbidden« boundaries between genres and branches of art as well. It is as if he were trying to rebuild an archaic, grand unity within himself. Perhaps this is the reason why he could not chose between performing arts and creative arts and why he volunteers to work in both areas. Looking over the span of his oeuvre and the knowledge with which he conducts it, one gets the impression that Eötvös is not only the protagonist, but also the screenplay author and director of the play of his own life. Some say that drama lives its golden age when a culture is in a predicament, when it is living in a stormy, transition-phase of man’s history. Could this be the reason why the composer’s unfailing instincts lead him to theatre time and time again? Is this why all of his pieces seem so modern? One thing is for sure: Péter Eötvös plays a leading role on the world stage of the 21st century music." (Zoltán Farkas)
(organised in co-operation with the Széchenyi Academy of Arts and Literature; our supporters: The Cultural Committee of the Municipal Assembly of Budapest, The National Culture Fund)

  27 October 7.30 p.m. Budapesti Operettszínház, Csillárterem  

Lux Nox ensemble
on the occasion of the new CD presented by BMC Records
György Kurtág, Jr. – digital synthesiser, Chris Martineau – viola and voice, Isabelle Cirla – bass clarinet and soprano saxophone, Roland Ossart – melisson (analog, modular /custom made/ synthesiser)

The four members of this musician/composer ensemble create wholly improvised music, stepping over all previously known experiences and effects. Their music is not a communion between jazz, contemporary music, electro-acoustic techniques, or musical theatre, but rather a rebirth of these. Their exquisitely original and sensual music is born in a fraction of a second in the flow of time. This is music that lives in extremes: it combines flowing richness with fleeting sighs, the poetry of wide sound spaces with sound-lace sewn on the borders of silence, and speaks the language of mutual trust. Sometimes it erupts suddenly, then it is densely woven, incorporating the attention of the listener with its pulse. For this to come about we must join with the web of mutual attention which connects the players and must get to know the richness of their sound palette, the mixture of traditional instruments with voice, analogue and digital synthesisers, flowing in and out of one another, sometimes difficult to differentiate. We must listen and pay attention with the same kind of concentration and depth as a native in the jungle listening to the sounds of wild beasts in fear for his life.

  1 November 7.30 p.m. Olasz Kultúrintézet  

Concert of the Amadinda Percussion Group
In memoriam Iannis Xenakis
Iannis Xenakis: Peaux
Michael Askill: Spirals (World première)
Iannis Xenakis: Okho (Hungarian Première)
Iannis Xenakis: Psappha
Georg Katzer: Schlagmusik 2
Fredrik Andersson: The Loneliness of Santa Claus (Hungarian première)
Váczi Zoltán: Asztali zene – beFORe JOHN8 (World premeiere)
guest performers: Szabolcs Joó, Gábor Pusztai – percussion

Last February, Iannis Xenakis, a classic composer of the 20th century passed away. His life’s work, which includes mathematics and architecture in addition to music, cannot be overlooked, no matter what his critics might say. Percussion music has especially much to thank him. After he wrote Persephassa in 1969 - which audiences had a chance to hear at the Budapest Autumn Festival a few years ago - he composed a dozen pieces for all variations of percussion instruments from solo to the sextet, often combining percussion with other instruments or voice. At this concert we wish to present his works written for percussion only in all its colour, characteristic of Xenakis.

  19 October 8 p.m. Merlin Színház  

Dr. Konrad and his jazz band (Germany)

The professor of the Stuttgart College of Music’s Jazz and Popular Music faculty is the musical director of the Südpool-Quartett, financed by the province. The best musicians of Baden-Württemberg have played in this group, which was founded in 1989 and plays experimental avant-garde jazz. Bernd Konrad’s most famous fan is probably Woody Allen: in the actor-director’s film called Hannah and Her Sisters, the album Dream Dancers plays an important role. After receiving awards from Japan and the United States, Konrad received the German Confederate Cross of Distinction.

(an event of the Baden-Württemberg Days; made possible with the help of Hungarofest)

  25–27 October MU Színház  

Győrfree Workshop festival
(see Győrfree)

  26 October 10 p.m. Erzsébet téri GÖDÖR  

doors open at 9 p.m. concert begins at 10 p.m.

The Sziámi Musical Ensemble and the Habitués of the World Coffee Shop together with the Visual Brigade and DJ Palotai present:

1x Up
+1x Down
welt-schmerz-feeling innitiation party at Budapest’s newest and most striking underwater cult place

Films, videos, atmosphere, cocktails, artists, pimps and prositutes from the ‘30s and the future.

After the Saturday suicidal hymns comes a cheerful danse macabre, forgeting all your woes till Sunday morning.
(Even if you’ve got a castle in Buda
it makes no difference if Palotai’s here in Pest...)
"The big hearts of the city in the heart of Budapest. Rezső Seres is the greatest Hungarian songwriter of all time. He wrote the song Sad Sunday, which was translated into 40 languages, appeared on the albums of 135 performers, and the stars of today still sing it. But also wrote many other classics we all still know today. He didn’t know how to read music, hardly had a voice, and his piano playing left much to be desired. He spent all of his life in his ghetto night in Pest, he was a double suicide, and Otto Klemperer, the world-famous conductor wrote the following about him in the Guest Book of the Kispipa restaurant: ‘He’s not a musician, just a genius.’ There’s never been a performance like this one, because we’re going to perform his songs the way we think they should be." (Sziámi)
(supported by: The Major’s Office of the Budapest Municipal Council)

  27 October Bárka Színház  

Tibor Szemző and the Giordian Knot cinematographic concert
invisble story
(see Bolygó Hollandok )

  28 October Budapesti Operettszínház, Csillárterem  

Spiritus Noister – Kurt Schwitters: Őshangszonáta
(see Literature)

  2 November Erzsébet téri GÖDÖR  

Cökxpôn Ambient Fesztival
(see Cökxpôn)

  3 November Kultiplex  

Kálmán Balogh Gipsy Cimbalom Band
(see Mediawave)

Programmes of Darshan Udvar

  18–19 October 9:00 p.m. OFF PROGRAMME   New Orleans Music Club  

Jackie Orszáczky & Friends (Australia)
Jackie Orszáczky & Friends play the music of Frank Zappa

  20 October 9:00 p.m. OFF PROGRAMME   New Orleans Music Club  

John Scofield Band (USA)
record-première concert

  18 October – 17 November Műcsarnok  

Vision – Image and Perception
international exhibition, symposium, screenings, net projects and publications

opening: 18 October 5 p.m.

The Budapest Autumn Fesztival is opened by: Gábor Demszky Mayor of Budapest
Vision is opened by: László Beke, Director, Research Institute for Art History, Hungarian Academy of Sciences

Works on view within the contemporary art section include those by: Rosa Barba, Balázs Beöthy, Luchezar Boyadjiev, Miklós Bölcskey, Mária Chilf, Attila Csörgõ, Hans H. Diebner – Sven Sahle, Róza El-Hassan, Miklós Erdély, Roland Farkas, Harun Farocki, Joachim Fleischer, Ivan Ladislav Galeta, Gábor Gyõrfi, Katalin György, Norman Muller – Thomas Tirel – Sven Hahne, Folke Hanfeld, György Jovánovics, Béla Julesz, Gábor Kerekes, Zsolt Keserue – Tamás Enyingi, Ilona Keserü, Andrea Kirkovits, Szabolcs KissPál, Tamás Körösényi, Dóra Maurer, François & Vera Molnár, Antal Örkényi, Gábor Palotai, András Ravasz, László László Révész, János Sugár, Miklós Surányi, Pál Szacsva y, Zoltán Szegedy-Maszák, IPUT, Keiko Takahashi – Shinji Sasada – Shinji Sasada – Seiji Hor, Anja Theismann and Péter Türk.
curators: Miklós Peternák and Nikolett Erőss

Vision – Image and Perception, the exhibition organised as the opening event of the Budapest Autumn Festival by the C3 Foundation and the Műcsarnok/Kunsthalle Budapest, aims to present the active process of human vision as approachable through historical, cultural, technical and neurobiological methods, with the aid of artworks, demonstration charts and apparatus, as well as the potentials of interactive multimedia. In the present case, similarly to our previous exhibitions achieved with great success, The Butterfly Effect and Perspective, our aim is to establish a comprehensive, scientific and technological historical context, through the organisation of lectures and the screening series, as well as the production of various publications, in connection with the show.
(partners and supporters of the project include: National Culture Fund, Goethe-Institut Inter Nationes – Budapest, Museum of Fine Arts – Budapest, Albertina – Vienna, National Technical Museum – Prague, Collection of György Gadányi, Library of the Hungarian Academy of Fine Arts – Budapest, Hungarian Patent Bureau, Kunsthochschule für Medien /KHM/ Cologne, Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie /ZKM/ Karlsruhe)
http://vision.c3.hu e-mail: vision@c3.hu

19–20 October 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Image and the Brain
scientific symposium

"The wise man’s eyes are in his head." (Ecc. 2.14)
Symposium Lecturers: Vilayanur S. Ramachandran (University of California, San Diego), Melvyn A. Goodale (University of Western Ontario, Canada), Nicholas Wade (University of Dundee, Scotland), Jean-Pierre Changeux (Collège de France; Institut Pasteur, Párizs), Richard Gregory (Downing College, Cambridge), Siegfried Zielinski (Kunsthochschule für Medien, Cologne), Peter Weibel (ZKM, Karlsruhe), Jaroslav Andel (New York), David Melcher (Università Vita-Salute San Raffaele, Milano), Ilona Kovács (BME, Budapest / Rutgers University, New Jersey, USA), Gyula Kovács (BME, Budapest), Zoltán Vidnyánszky (MTA TKI, Budapest), Balázs Gulyás (Karolinska Institut, Stockholm)

Symposium on the connections between the visual arts and brain research. With the lectures given, the various representatives of the fields of science and art, the artists and researchers, gain the opportunity to become acquainted with the viewpoints of one another, and to examine the common and divergent areas between them, a sphere of interest not only for the professional audience.

Film-Eye – screening series throughout the period of the exhibition
accompanying events in various locations in Budapest

  18 October – 3 November Liszt Ferenc tér  

Evergreen Doubts
Outdoor Posterboard Exhibition of the Artpool Art Research Center

Artpool Art Reasearch Center presents the texts of 28 poets, philosophers and orators exhibited in advertisement-like typography. The validity of their words span over 2,500 years and deal with the subjects of art, science and politics.
(Artpool is supported by: the Municipal Government of Budapest, The Ministry of National Cultural Heritage)


  18 October 3 p.m. MEO Kortárs Művészeti Gyűjtemény  

Kommende Architektur (2) – Emerging Architecture (2)
exhibition of young Austrian architects
finissage, professional convention
curator of the exhibition: Otto Kapfinger
Hungarian curators of the exhibition: Márta Branczik, Zsolt Gunther
the exhibition is open from 13 September – 20 October

As a closing of the exhibition open for one month, a convention will be held with discussions and presentations about characteristic buildings planned by architectural companies, explaining the designing and building of these. One of the most prestigious contemporary centres of architecture in central Europe, the Architektur Zentrum Wien, began an exhibition series spanning the course of several years, in which they would like to introduce the newest talents in Austrian architecture. On exhibit is the work of those young architects who represent the most modern trends and whose future works will be determining elements in Austrian architecture. This new style is a minimalist form of architecture, which works with few forms and noble materials to create elegant and large spaces, inside and outside of buildings. The first exhibit of this could be seen in Budapest in September 2001.
(supporters of the Hungarian exhibition: Austrian Cultural Forum, Austrian Eastern and Southeastern Europe Institute, The Ministry of National Cultural Heritage, The National Culture Fund, The Main Office of Architecture in the Budapest Municipal Government’s Major’s Office, The Cultural Committee of the Municipal Assembly of Budapest, Budapest Capital’s City Building Design Kft, Swietelsky Building and Commercial Kft., STRABAG Building Kft., Studio Metropolitana Urban Research Centre Kht., Velux Hungary Kft., Lindab Kft.)

  21 October C3  

C3 Open House
In Focus: The ZKM* *Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie – Karlsruhe

6 p.m. C3 auditórium
lecture by Peter Weibel

The renowned artist, curator and art and media theoretician standing at the fore of the ZKM (Karlsruhe, D) since 1999 expounds his thoughts – in connection with the large-scale interdisciplinary exhibition at the ZKM – as to the role played in the modern world in the course of scientific, artistic and religious representation of the image. Is this type of employment even legitimate? What is the essence of the destruction and the adoration of the image? The lecture engages with the research programme begun last year by C3, entitled Image and Perception. Peter Weibel will also introduce the institution under his direction and speak about its upcoming programmes and projects.

7 p.m. C3 auditórium
Infermental – presentation

Gábor Bódy, investigating filmic language and the experimental paths of film production, achieved his first international success in Baden-Württemberg: in 1976, his diploma film, entitled American Torso, won the first prize of the Mannheim Film Festival. When the director was given the chance in 1980 at the Hungarian Film Factory (MAFILM) to establish an experimental section, another cinematographic periodical publication was born: the idea for Infermental. The international periodical, gathering earlier experimental work and providing a forum for newer works, focused on research of media and articulation, as well as the new functions of filmic language. Its lexicon section stimulated the dispatch of previously unknown filmic compositions. The first edition of Infermental was realised twenty years ago, in 1982; following the death of Bódy, the complete material of the video-periodical was placed in the collection of the ZKM. Until now, the entire edition has not yet been accessible in Hungary; from this occasion on, however, the complete archive will be researchable at C3.
We have invited Infermental’s onetime international coordinator, historian Dr. Vera Baksa-Soós, to introduce the series.

7.30 p.m. C3 Galéria
presentation of the DVD-ROM publication of ZKM

Between 1994 and 1999, the ZKM compiled the prominent interactive, media art compositions of the era, in an unique form. Artintact, as a book and CD-ROM combination, primarily concentrated on those works that were realised within the framework of the ZKM residency programme, during the second half of the 90’s. The German media institute has this year published the bilingual complete edition of the "virtual museum" of Artintact in the form of a DVD-ROM.
(an event of the Baden-Württemberg Days – supported by Hungarofest)


  22 October – 24 November Ludwig Múzeum Budapest – Kortárs Művészeti Múzeum  

Daniel Spoerri:
Tableau piege
Exhibition of Daniel Spoerri

opening: 22 October 6 p.m.

The first Hungarian exhibition of Daniel Spoerri (b. 1930, Galaţi – Romania) - the assemblage and ready-made master living in Switzerland - at the Budapest Autumn Festival promises to be a real artistic attraction. Spoerri, who was originally known as a dancer and a thespian, became the leader of the 1960s fluxus flow called Eat-ART. The exhibition is a selection of those years as well as the later series entitled Trap Pictures. The newest menus of the legendary restaurant and food designer, under the name of Les Menus-pièges, could be enjoyed by the visitors of the Parisian Jeu de Paume. The artist will appear at the opening of the exhibit.
(supported by: Budapest Panoráma, Pesti Est, Pro Helvetia, National Culture Fund)
www.ludwigmuseum.hu www.danielspoerri.org

  22 October – 22 November  

Budapest welcomes "attitudes" from Geneva

In 1994, two art historians founded one of the most prominent institutions of the Swiss art scene. Attitudes, based in Geneva is a gallery and studio complex. Not only does it organise contemporary art exhibits, but also colloquiums, book premières and discussion evenings. Working together with Attitudes, possibilities have opened for young Hungarian artists to have an outlook and experience abroad, since one of the main goals of Attitudes is to establish an international network of independent artistic institutes. At this exposition in Budapest, three contemporary Swiss exhibitions may be seen as a part of the joint Swiss-Hungarian programme series of Attitudes, the Union of Young Hungarian Artists Studio, and Trafó.
(a joint programme of Attitudes (Geneva), the Union of Young Hungarian Artists Studio, and Trafó. Supported by: The National Culture Fund, The Ministry of National Cultural Heritage, The Cultural Committee of the Municipal Assembly of Budapest, Soros Foundation, Pro Helvetia Budapest, Fondation Nestlé)

22 October – 22 November Stúdió Galéria
Joint exhibition of Swiss and Hungarian artists
opening: 22 October 6 p.m.
curator: Judit Pálfi (Stúdió Galéria)
participants: Jérémie Gindre, Tibor Gtenis, Endre Koronczi, Attila Menesi
the opening of the joint exposition and programme series of the Union of Young Hungarian Artists Studio, Trafó and Attitudes from Geneva

22 October – 22 January 2003. Lövölde tér
Giant poster by Jérémie Gindre (Switzerland)
1 x 1 Board

Loopmatic - Paris, 2002

23 October – 22 November Trafó Galéria
Exhibition of Pierre Vadi (Switzerland)
opening: 23 October 7 p.m.
curators: Jean-Paul Felley and Olivier Kaeser (Attitudes)
followed by a Loopmatic performance (Switzerland)

Pierre Vadi is working on the plans of a "night" installation that will envelop the entire space of the Trafó in darkness while also re-forming it. The walls, labyrinths, light sources and the paintings done on maps, characteristic of Vadi, are similarly complex to the set of a play or a film, full of geopolitical implications; they present the viewer with a unique world full of the details of a mysterious and ominous story. Following the opening of the exhibition, a performance of Loopmatic of Geneva (Caroline Suard and Stéphane Détruche) will begin in the main auditorium of Trafó. The two video artists from Switzerland project their own as well as "found" films simultaneously with about eight projectors onto huge canvases. To complement the visual work of art we asked Hungarian DJs to perform; their music and the never ending, simultaneous pictures of Loopmatic combine to form a dynamic and spectacular audio-visual party-experience.

  24 October – 15 November Artpool P60  

Parallel Realities

opening: 24 November 6 p.m.

The Artpool P60 will house an international exhibition-event looking back on 40 years (1962-2002) of the fluxus movement on the theme of "5+1": doubt/dualism – scepticism/dubiety – symmetries – dissymmetry/violating symmetry – paradox/paranormal phenomena. The project, in the real – as well as in the virtual (internet) – exhibition space, is to assemble a holistic worldview from the concepts that exist independently and yet inform each other.
The exhibition may be seen on Wednesday and Friday (except holidays) from 4-6 p.m.
(Artpool is supported by: The Municipal Government of Budapest, The Ministry of National Cultural Heritage)
www.artpool.hu http://www.artpool.hu/ketseg/5+1=2/topics.html

  24 October – 24 November Budapest Galéria Kiállítóháza  

Sándor Pinczehelyi : Once Again
opening: 24 October 5 p.m.

One of the favourite "techniques" of Sándor Pinczehelyi is to exhibit his freshest works of art next to his earlier ones from 1970–1980. He looks to see how they get along with one another, if they can find something in common. We have seen many other artists do the same in the past few years. At the same time, we may be witnesses to an important change in theme, since the older, emblematic graphic art, pictures and new works about every-day themes and personal experiences share a lively dialogue. Pinczehelyi is not choosy with his mediums and uses everything from photos to installations and all sorts of techniques to help him say what he wants to say. "It sometimes seems frivolous, but the relationship between the artist and his often repeated picture objects contains elements of humour and self-irony." (György Várkonyi)
(supported by: The Cultural Committee of the Municipal Assembly of Budapest and The National Culture Fund)

  24 October – 20 December Vármegye Galéria  

Exhibition of the Modern Ethnic design group
Transylvanian Impressions
opening: 24 october 5 p.m.

The Modern Ethnic design group was asked by the County Salon Fund for Transylvanian Art to present modern dress inspired by Transylvania. Transylvanian folk art has an age-old tradition of proportions; romantic, passionate, and throbbing rhythms in its lines; dampened colour harmonies, cheerful humanity and true professional knowledge are the characteristics of the work of the group.
(supported by: The National Culture Fund)

  26 October 2 p.m. Secco Galéria  

Promenade 1.
A series of discussions on aesthetics and the philosophy of arts led by Lóránd Hegyi will be held in various big cities all over Europe. The art historian and museum director chose the Secco Gallery of Budapest as his first stop.
Lóránd Hegyi’s discussion partners: Pierre Restany art historian and the editor-in-chief of the journal DOMUS, Bertrand Lavier French artist, Iván Bojár art historian and editor-in-chief of the journal OKTOGON, László Márton, writer, Károly Kelemen, painter
Artist exhibiting by ivitation: Károly Kelemen

  29 October – 7 December 2B Galéria  

Endre Bálint:
Bergen-Belsen IV.
Works by the Artists of the European School
The Makarius Collection
opening: 29 October 6 p.m.
the exhibition may be visited on Friday 2-6 p.m. and Saturday 11-5 p.m.

At the European School exhibit the works of the following artists may be seen, never before in Hungary: Margit Anna, Imre Ámos, Endre Bálint, Jenő Barcsay, Tihamér Gyarmathy, Dezső Korniss, Tamás Lossonczy, Ferenc Martyn, Endre Rozsda, and Piroska Szántó.
The art group founded by Imre Pán, Pál Gegesi Kiss, Ernő Kállai, and Árpád Mezei in 1945 survived only four years. They worked on the incorporation of Hungarian artistic life into the modern, continental artistic bloodstream. Sameer Makarius, the Egyptian artist working in Hungary at the time, and member of the European School, took many works of his fellow artists with him when he moved to Argentina in 1949. The collection was purchased in 1988 by the collector Miklós Müller, who lives in New York. The exhibition was made possible with his help.

  19–20, 26–27 October, 2–3 November 3 p.m.  

Time travels in Budapest
Subjective Sight-seeing Tours
by Hungarian film makers
tours depart from the parking lot located at Műcsarnok
Langauge of the guided tours: Hungarian

október 19. András Salamon and Ágnes Incze
október 20. Bence Fliegauf and Bálint Kenyeres
október 26. Ferenc Grunwalsky and Tibor Bakács Settenkedő
október 27. Tamás Sas and Patrícia Kovács
november 2. Attila Mispál and András Nagy
november 3. Zoltán Kamondi and guest

Once again we board the bus to journey on the uncharted frontiers of the Dunapolis. This time our tour guides are not writers but film directors, cinematographers and their guests. After the artists of the written word, this time the dreamers of pictures teach us to look at familiar streets from a new angle. It is their personal experiences that breathe life into the boring, dusty walls of buildings we hardly see anymore. Budapest – through different eyes...
Arrive early – space is limited on the busses!

  23–27 October Békásmegyeri Evangélikus Templom  

Iconostasis II.
latest pieces of the series on Hungarian history of theology by Orsolya Székely

"Faith is a secret. [...] Our history has not yet been viewed from the point of individual faith. Because of their impatience, religions - which give form to faith - have not yet provided this opportunity." (Orsolya Székely)

23 October 6 p.m. Convict Preachers (directed by Ferenc Grunwalsky)
                  6.30 p.m. Gábor Iványi (directed by Orsolya Székely)
24 October 6 p.m. Károly Csonkics (directed by Orsolya Székely)
25 October 6 p.m. Zsuzsanna Erdélyi (directed by Orsolya Székely)
                  6.30 p.m. Shrines – Csatka (directed by Orsolya Székely)
26 October 12.30 p.m. Repetition of the programmes of the previous three days*
                  6 p.m. Petitions of II. Ferenc Rákóczi (directed by Orsolya Székely)
                  6.30 p.m. Miklós Blanckenstein (directed by Orsolya Székely)
27 October 2 p.m. Mózes Teitelbaum, the wonder-rabbi of Sátoraljaújhely (directed by Orsolya Székely)
Following the films will be a discussion with professional and other public figures.
*(12:30p.m.– Convict Preachers, 1:00p.m.– Gábor Iványi, 2:00p.m. Károly Csonkics, 3:00p.m.– Zsuzsanna Erdélyi, 4:00p.m.– Shrines – Csatka)
(supported by: The Cultural Committee of the Budapest Genral Assembly and The National Culture Fund, The Evangelical Congregation of Csillaghegy)

  23–24 October Örökmozgó  

Czech, Polish and Slovakian films
(see: Bohemia V4)

  24 October 8 p.m.. Művész mozi, Chaplin terem  

The Budapest Film Presents
Golden City

cinematography: Gábor Marosi
music: Yonderboi, Membrán
editor: Judit Czakó
set design: János Szabolcs
costumes: Eszter Salamon
cast: Anna Magusin, Lajos Kovács, Lajos Bertók, Ádám Rajhona, Tibor Kovácsy
written and directed by Sándor Cs. Nagy

This film is about a schizophrenic prostitute and a motorcycle cop. It’s difficult to get into the Golden City.
Ádám Rajhona won the prize for best male actor and György Durst won the prize for best producer at the 33rd Hungarian Film Festival.

  25 October Merlin Színház  

Czech and Polish films
(see: Bohemia V4)

  26–27 October Bárka Színház  

Films from Holland
(see: Bolygó Hollandok Literary Festival)

  2–3 November Kultiplex  

The Mediawave In Budapest
Photo Exhibition of FAV* – MEDIAWAVE From the pictures of the Intenational Photo and Film Camp
* Fundatia Arte Vizuale, Bucharest

2 November 7 p.m. Phil Mullroy – films of the Master of morbid animation on DVD

3 November 7 p.m. Best of Mediawave 2002
                               Dialing the Devil
(directed by: Toon Aeers, Belgium)
                               The Invasion (directed by: Phil Mullroy, Great Britain)
                               Workhorse(directed by: Paul Tanicui, Romania)
                               The Flame (directed by: Ron Dyens, France)
                               Mama, look (directed by: Grant Thoburn, Great Britain)
                               Torn (directed by: Han Hoezen, Holland)
                               Sanzhyra (directed by: Nurbek Egen, Russia)
                               Riding the Tiger (directed by: John Haptas, USA)
                 9.15 p.m. Kálmán Balogh Gipsy Cimbalom Band


  21–30 October OFF PROGRAMME   Francia Intézet and Toldi mozi  

Escape to Short Films 5.
French-Hungarian Short Film Festival
From the French Clermont-Ferrand International Festival’s prize-winning films and Hungarian short films
organised by Banán klub

  19 October Vista Auditorium  

Ed Goes Ahead Festival of Hungarian Scats
(see a diminished EDE festival)

  26 October on the line of the tram No. 2  

Tram-party with Belletrists on the banks of the Danube

departure: Jászai Mari square 3 p.m., 4 p.m., 5 p.m., Boráros square 3.20 p.m., 4.20 p.m., 5 .20 p.m.
Budapest Public Transport tickets are accepted.
Entrance at every stop
In Hungarian
Space is limited, arrive early!

On 26 October 2002, the Belletrists Union will board the No.2 tram. Everyone is invited who is interested in literature, and who would like to talk or ask questions. On board there will be music, interviews, poems, one-minute stories, free discussion, as well as signing of old and new books. Everyone bring with them whatever they want signed. Waiting for us at the end stop at Margaret Bridge will be drinks and snacks, and there will be a bookstand as well. Come along so we can enjoy together one of the most beautiful cities in the world in good company, wide-screen and technicolor, rumbling along on our favourite means of public transport!
The show will go on even in bad weather!
Among the writers ans poets you can meet on the tram-party: Attila Balázs, Zsófia Balla, Imre Barna, Attila Bartis, Pál Békés, Ádám Bodor, Béla Bodor, Vilmos Csaplár, István Csuhai, László Darvasi, István Eörsi, Virág Erdős, Virág Farkas Zsolt, György Ferdinándy, Pál Ficsku, András Forgách, Zsuzsa Forgács, László Garaczi, Gábor Görgey, Kornél Hamvai, Attila Hazai, Lajos Jánossy, Péter Kántor, István Kemény, György Konrád, Mihály Kornis, Zoltán Kőrösi, Endre Kukorelly, János Marno, László Márton, Sándor Mészáros, Gabriella Nagy, Gábor Németh, Lajos Parti Nagy, Krisztián Peer, Zsuzsa Rakovszky, György Spiró, Ferenc Szijj, Ákos Szilágyi, János Térey, Rudolf Ungváry, Dániel Varró l, Pál Závada ... and surprise authors as well!
(a programme of the Szépírók Társasága)

  26–27 October Bárka Színház  

Bolygó Hollandok Literature Festival
(see: Bolygó Hollandok)

  28 October 7.30 p.m. Budapesti Operettszínház, Csillárterem  

photo by László Balogh
Spiritus Noister – Kurt Schwitters:
The Ursonate
for two voices and musical environment
(Hungarian première and record preview)
performed by: Katalin Ladik – voice, Endre Szkárosi – voice, Zsolt Kovács – guitar,
objects, Zsolt Sőrés – violin, objects

The Hungarian group of internationally renowned poets and sound artists has been working together since 1994 under the name of Spiritus Noister. In their new works their goal is the poetic and musical reassessment of the basic works of the historical avant-garde. This time they have reworked Kurt Schwitters’s composition entitled Sonate in Urlauten. Schwitters is one of the most highly regarded avant-garde artists. His Sonate in Urlauten is one of the basic poetic works of the century; Schwitters worked on it for ten years between 1922 and 1932. The final recording of the piece was done by the artist himself in 1932. The basic characteristic of the Ur-Sonate is the strict engineered precision of the fitting together of musical grand-scale and Dadaist language invention. The text of the piece is built upon only voice (phonemes) and phoneme groups. By putting forth the progressive text material and the system of unique repetitions, the composer builds a complex and straightforward structure with exact musical instructions. In the last third of the 20th century, many artists (like Giuliano Zozi, Eberhard Blum, and Jaap Blonk, for example) thought it important to rework the Ur-Sonate, but until now the interpreters always kept with the purist, vocal interpretation of the original text. What is new about this undertaking of the Spiritus Noister group is that it breaks with the declamation and monologue interpretation of the piece. The artist-performers rethink the Ur-Sonate’s modern meaning in a complex musical space and while keeping faithfully with the letter and spirit of the work; they perform it from a new perspective with contemporary sound devices. The two vocalist poets and the two instrumental musicians work with the richness of all possible interactions to perform the contents of this work: a work full of cultural history validity even today.

  30 October 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Írók boltja  

Writers, Read Masterpieces!
Readings by: Zsófia Balla, Ildikó Boldizsár, Virág Erdős, Péter Esterházy, Pál Ficsku, János Háy, Zoltán Kőrösi, Endre Kukorelly, László Márton, Ádám Nádasdy, Lajos Parti Nagy, János Térey, Krisztina Tóth, Pál Závada
introduced by: Ákos Szilágyi

In its basic form, reading is a lonely activity, but in front of our very eyes it will become a group event. We have a chance to listen to eminent members of Hungarian literature read their favourite contemporary author’s works alternately every half-hour at Írók Boltja, which was once the site of the famous Japán Coffee House. The text will not only be heard inside the bookshop, but also outside. Stop by that way, run your errands in the neighbourhood and come hear what Lajos Parti Nagy, Ádám Nádasdy, or Krisztina Tóth read in their spare time. Or if you feel like having a cup of tea or if what the writers have read has grabbed your interest, come inside, you’re sure to find it there!

  18 October 8 p.m. Váci utca  

in between the Anna Café and the Csók Gallery

Tamás Király show
Oh, my Way
executive producer: Katalin Nádor
directed by Péter Müller Sziámi

Tamás Király is an important member of the international fashion world, though he is difficult to describe. He was a fashion dictator of the 1980s, a true artist who initially worked with strict, geometric forms, and later worked with the art of sparkling. He was the first one who put on the runway something different than was trendy as set by the media; with this effort he questioned the beauty ideal that adjusted itself to the trends. He was the first who organised fashion walks: live store-window walks. He is always experimenting, and his own work always sets the standard, therefore it was difficult for him to identify with any fashion trend. He accepted the name "alternative", yet he had an effect on several of today’s stars of fashion design. He is the favourite of the media from Vouge to I-D, from America to Japan, and Stern magazine outright called him, "fashion-papa". He regularly takes part in world famous events of the profession, and was featured many times on the runway along with Vivienne Westwood, a designer also famous for her extremities. Last autumn he dazzled audiences at London’s Excel.
(a joint production with the Sziget cultural organising office)

  19 October Paulay Ede utca  

Ed Goes Ahead – In 4 Pieces
A diminished EDE (Edward) festival

In keeping with the campaign-silence, this year the EDE is self-resricting: it will move into its "EDEfice" (©Ádám Nádasdy), in this way it will only be 1-4th of its planned size. But we’ll have fun in one of the exhibition halls or the pubs and restaurants of the area.
(supported by: European Cultural Foundation, The Cultural Committee of the Municipal Assembly of Budapest, Soros Foundation, Teréz-district Cultural Public Foundation, Vista Travel Centre)

0. 3.30 p.m.     at Paulay Ede utca 4.
Homage to Ede Paulay in front of his Memorial Plaque

1. 4 p.m. -5.30 p.m.     VISTA rendezvényterem
Dajka Stage
Rudyard Kipling: Just So Stories for Little Children
Based on the traslations of Lajos Mikes
The story begins a long-long time ago: every animal was the colour of sand from their heads to their toes, and even the elephant didn’t have a trunk... How did all this change?
Performed, directed, and played by: Asma Ambrus, Tamás Kiss, Zsuzsa Vági, Zoltán Krulik, Béla Wittek, Csaba Sáfrán
set, costume design and props: Róza Bánki, Kata Soós
free admission
Photo Exhibition of Jenő Lévay
Creation-playing on the Children’s Island
The exhibit may be viewed at the site of the performance The Children’s Island programme series lasted six weeks on the Hajógyári Island. Its programmes included creative art workshops. The works of art were made from rocks and machines taken apart on site and were inspired freely from the objects and imagination.

2. 6 p.m.     VISTA rendezvényterem
Exhibition of Hungarian wall hangings
Embroidered text kitchen wall hangings from the Lajos Hatvany Museum in Hatvan, arranged by Ákos Kovács and Erzsébet Szirtes.
"The relevance of wall-hangings for the engineers of life was about as important as the clear, concrete lyricism of poetry. While reading these jewels, I crumbled tears from the hollows of my eyes..." (Tibor Bakács Settenkedő)
the exhibition is open till 13 November 2002)

3. 7 p.m.     VISTA rendezvényterem
Ed Goes Ahead Festival of Hungarian Scats
The spontanious art of our nation, Hungarian songs and language scats, read, recited and sung. As we know all Hungarian song begin with "eeee’deeee..."
Readings by: Ádám Nádasdy, Ákos Szilágyi, Szabolcs Várady, Dániel Varró, as well as Ferenc Darvas and his "folk group"
free admission

4. 7.30 p.m.     Új Színház
 Concert of the After Crying Group and the Brass in the Five Quintet
(see: Music)

to cap it all: 4 p.m.-9 p.m. coffee shop music in the VISTA Coffee
free admission

  23–24 October MU Színház  

Rain Days

ESő (Rain) is a literary journal published quarterly in Szolnok. Many of our authors live in and around Szolnok, another group are originally from here, while yet another group has nothing to do with the area. During the Rain Days we will select from the art works and writing of the people contributing to our journal.

23 October 8 p.m.
Installations for Umbrellas
the installation of the Block Group will be opened by Zoltán Vécsi Nagy, art historian
performance by Sándor Krupa and Tibor Várszegi
Concert of Könnykapitány – writings of Tarzan Zéró
members of the Block Group: Zoltán Katona, Árpád Pika Nagy, István Nayg, Tibor Palkó, Zoltán Sebestyén

24 October 8 p.m.
Autumn Rain
presentation of the periodical ESŐ (Rain)
readings by: Szabolcs Benedek, László Darvasi, Eszter Dienes, Gyula Jenei, István P. Nagy, Krisztián Peer, Tibor Vass, Pál Závada
also appearing: the actors, dancers and musicians of the Pont Műhely
directed by László Keszég
(a joint oganisation of ESő and MU Színház)

  22–25 October  

Bohemia V4 – Festival of the Visegrad Four

The 13-year tradition of the Bohemia Festival is only seemingly broken by this year’s programme: the expansion of the event is only a transitional step. According to our plans, next year the Bohemia Festival will once again be independent. At the same time, with the participation of the Visegrad Four, a new Central-European cultural festival will also be launched. The roots of this year’s change can be found in a political step. Because of an unthinking remark dropped in the wrong place, it seemed in the spring that the hardly-recovering Visegrad co-operation would fall apart once again. This is when the Knights of Beer of Prague decided that it would try to keep Central-European co-operation alive at least in the area of culture with the expansion of the Bohemia Festival. Luckily things seem to be improving while the ideas remained, hopefully to the joy of everyone.
(organised by: The Knights of Beer of Prague; co-organisers: Budapest Czech Centre, Polish Institute, Slovakian Institute; supported by: Fotolab Cewe Color kft., Budweiser Budvar, Porche-Hungária, the Foreign Ministry and Hungarian Embassy of the Czech Republic, Friends of Bohemia Circle)

22 October – 14 November     Szlovák Intézet
Central European Poster Art
exhibit opens: 22 October 5 p.m.

23 October     Örökmozgó
7 p.m. Cruise (Rejs; directed by Marek Piwowski, Poland)
9 p.m. Vadí nevadí (directed by Eva Borušovičová, Slovakia)

24 October 4 p.m.     Írók boltja
New Czech (Filip Topol: Jeweller Charles's Travel to Corsica), Polish (Włodzimierz Kowalewski: Back to Breitenheide) and Slovakian fiction in Hungarian with participation of the traslators

24 October 6 p.m.     Lengyel Intézet
Introducing Beszélő, Revolver Revue, ResPublika Nowa
Exhibition and round-table discussion entitled The Possibilities of Alternative Culture, Yesterday and Today. Discussions with the former editors and today’s editors of the three periodicals

24 October 9 p.m.     Örökmozgó
Anděl Exit (directed by Vladimír Michálek, Czech Republic)
Following the projection will be a discussion with the director and Jáchym Topol

25 October 3 p.m.     Merlin Színház
Bohemia Evening
3:00 p.m. projection of Czech(oslovakian), Hungarian and Polish children’s films (Lolka and Bolka, Little Mole, Rumcájsz etc.)
5:00 p.m. première of Filip Topol’s book
6:00 p.m. concert of Egon Bondy and the Požoň Sentimental
8:00 p.m. concert of the Psí Vojáci orchestra
10:00 p.m. concert of the Krzysztof Ścierański Quartet
from 6:00 p.m. till closing     Iskolaterem
Birds, orphans, fools (directed by: Juraj Jakubisko, Czechoslovakia)
In the Garden (directed by: Martin Šulík, Slovakia)
Hands Up! (directed by: Jerzy Skolimowski, Poland)
Czech pub with Budvar and Becherovka

  25–27 October 8 p.m. MU Színház  

Győrfree Workshop Festival

"The Győrfree music and spiritual Workshop was established in Győr in 2002 [...] Its goal is to perpetuate and develop Hungarian music and the spirit of the music that already had a great role in the famous jazz concerts in Győr in the 1980s; they have become not only an organic part of the national music world but have also become important internationally. The Győrfree Workshop would like to be the mediator of new music in the millennium along the lines of the foundations of musical tradition and improvisation. With its organisation of workshops, concerts, and record publishing activities, it would like to serve this purpose." (György Szabados)
(organised by the MU Színház and the Győrfree Jazz, Contemporary and Folk Music Workshop; supported by Harmónia Artistic Centre, Győr)

25 October 8:00 p.m.
opening: György Szabados, pianist
Dávid Bozsaky’s photography exhibition
Live Silence

opened by: Dr. György Péter Hárs aesthetician
guest performer: Endre Juhász – English horn
Nazália Oboe Quartett  
Music of Reeds

CD première
Endre Juhász – English horn, Mihály Blaskó – bassoon, Ágnes Jakab – oboe, Zsuzsa Pintér – oboe
Bede Trio CD-première
Péter Bede – saxophone, Mátyás Szandai – contrabass, Zsolt Sárvári Kovács – drum
Győrfree Free Music Workshop – I.
With performances by the musicians of the evening

26 October 8:00 p.m.
exhibition by Szabolcs Szőke
paintings, graphic art
guest performance by: Szabolcs Szőke – gadulka
Tin Tin Quintett  
Szabolcs Szőke – gadulka, Péter Szalai – tabla, Gábor Juhász – guitar, András Monori – kaval, Iván Nyusztai – kanjira, ghatam
Burány Trió
Starless Dark Night

CD première
Béla Burány – saxophones, Róbert Benkő – contrabass, Zsolt Sárvári Kovács – drum guest performance by: Szilvia Bognár – voice
Győrfree Free Music Workshop – II.
With performances by the musicians of the evening

27 October 8:00 p.m.  
photography exhibition of István Grencsó
performance by: István Grencsó – saxophone
Grencsó Kollektíva
Black Bread
István Grencsó – saxophones, Róbert Benkő – contrabass, György Jeszenszki – drum
Piano recital by György Szabados
Győrfree Free Music Workshop – III.
With performances by the musicians of the evening

Complementary programmes: sale of publications, projections and discussions.
The exhibitions are open throughout the duration of the festival.

  26–27 October Bárka Színház  

Bolygó Hollandok – Dutch Literary Festival

Seven internationally acclaimed Dutch writers will visit Budapest to celebrate the exchange of ideas with their Hungarian colleagues, artists and musicians in Bolygó Hollandok organised by the Foundation for the Production and Translation of Dutch Literature in co-operation with Bárka Theatre. There will be lectures, readings and talks. Dutch films will be shown, plays will be staged and music performed. An exhibition of photographer Hans van der Meer will complete this generous overview of contemporary Dutch arts.

(a programme of the Nederlands Literair Produktie – Envertalingen Fonds and Bárka Színház; supported by: The Budapest Embassy of the Kingdom of Holland, Holland Film, Mondriaan Foundation)

Photography exhibition of Hans van der Meer
Exhibition ‘Dutch Fields’ – Hans van der Meer

For almost two years photographer Hans van der Meer roamed among the amateur football fields of The Netherlands. Far away from professional football, he went in search of almost vanished old pitches in the Dutch landscape and of the sort of football that was played on them. This resulted in the photo series ‘Dutch Fields’, which will be exhibited in Bárka Theatre.

26 October
2:00 p.m. Arnon Grunberg interviewed by Péter Zilahy
Arnon Grunberg, novelist, poet, and playwright lives in New York and is considered one of the Netherlands’ most gifted young writers. He won international fame with his debut novel Blue Mondays (Uborkaszezon, Jak-Osiris, 2000), an absurdist, uninhibited and amusing account of a character called Arnon Grunberg. With Péter Zilahy he will talk about is most recent novel, Phantom Limb Pain, which has recently appeared in Hungarian translation.
4:00 p.m. Moses Isegawa talks with Júlia Lángh
Moses Isegawa, born in Uganda, left his native country for the Netherlands to write "the great African novel." He fulfilled this promise with his first novel, Abyssinian Chronicles, a book characterised by the Süddeutsche Zeitung as a "family and a community history, the story of African traditions and morals, a kaleidoscope of fantasies, fantastic stories and dreams."
8:00 p.m. Bolygó Hollandok – a writers’ parade
A Dutch writer settling in New York, a Hungarian, born in Transylvania, who writes in Dutch, a writer from Uganda who took up Dutch citizenship and a Dutch poetess who used to live in Israel; their writership seems to prove the importance of travel and migration for contemporary literature. In this festive event, music and literature will be combined to celebrate literature on the move. With, among others, Arnon Grunberg, Stephan Lang, Moses Isegawa and Judith Herzberg.
moderator: Gábor Németh
Music: Trio Yengibarjan

27 October
1:00 p.m. Stephan Lang interviewed by Zsófia Szénási
Stephan Lang was born in Transylvania of Hungarian parents. He fled to Holland in 1975 where he started writing essays and articles about the political situation in Romania. He recently published two novels in Dutch, of which the second, The Moll Catcher, has just been published in Hungary.
2:30 p.m. Douwe Draaisma and Johan Goudsblom talk with Csaba Pléh
Douwe Draaisma lectures on the principles and history of psychology at the University of Groningen. His groundbreaking work on metaphors, past and present, employed in the explanation of the human mind and memory resulted in his fascinating book The Metaphor Machine: A History of the Mind. The Dutch Institute of Psychologists awarded him the Heymans Prize for his research into the history of psychology.
Johan Goudsblom, emeritus Professor of Sociology at the University of Amsterdam, has been published widely in various languages. He has lectured all over the world about his research on the civilisation process and the control of fire and is now in Budapest on the occasion of the Hungarian publication of his world-famous study Fire and Civilisation.
4:30 p.m. A hiúz, a play by Judith Herzberg
with selected parts read by Enikő Börcsök
Judith Herzberg is a celebrated poet and playwright. She made her debut in the 1960s as a poet and has been writing and translating drama and screenplays since the early 1970s. For her oeuvre she has been awarded the Joost van den Vondel Prize (1984), the Constantijn Huygens Prize (1994) and the highly prestigious P.C. Hooft Award for her poetry (1997). Judith Herzberg will introduce the play and talk with András Forgách.
7:30 p.m. An evening with Harry Mulisch and Peter Esterházy
Harry Mulisch has built up an impressive oeuvre, which includes A merénylet, The Discovery of Heaven and his latest novel Siegfried, which has just appeared in Hungary. In this unique event two of the most important postwar writers will read and discuss their latest works.
Moderator: Júlia Varádi
9:30 p.m. Tibor Szemző and the Gordian Knot
Invisible Story

To conclude the events in Bárka Theatre, Tibor Szemző and his company will perform the cinematographic concert piece ‘Invisible Story’, based on texts by Béla Hamvas.
Tibor Szemző – speaker, Mihály Huszár – contrabass, bass guitar, T. Bali – guitar, Szabolcs Keresztes – keyboards, Zsombor Dudás – percussion, Zoltán Regenye – sound technician
The pictures courtesy of the collection of Péter Forgács, Privát Fotó and Filmarchive.

26–27 October
11:30 a.m. Film Programme
The film programme in Bárka Theatre contains screenings of films based on Dutch novels.
The Discovery of Heaven (dir. Jeroen Krabbé, with Stephen Fry, Greg Wise)
Left Luggage (dir. Jeroen Krabbé, with Laura Fraser, Adam Monty)
Charlotte (dir. Frans Weisz)
The fourteenth chicken (dir. Hany Abu-Assad)
The film programme starts every day at 11 a.m.

24 October 5:30 p.m.      OFF PROGRAMME      Collegium Budapest

presentation of Douwe Draaisma and Johan Goudsblom
guest: Elemér Hankiss

26 October 6:00 p.m.      OFF PROGRAMME      Bárka Theatre

Première of the Dutch Issue of Nagyvilág

25 October 4:00 p.m.      OFF PROGRAMME      Dürer Café, ELTE BTK

Première of the Dutch Issue of Magyar Lettre Internationale

28 October 4:00 p.m.      OFF PROGRAMME      Dürer Café, ELTE BTK, Pázmány sétány 1/A

Douwe Draaisma the guest of the ELTE TTK Science History and Science Philosophy Faculty


  2 November 8 p.m. Erzsébet téri GÖDÖR  

photo by Gábor Kerekes
Cökxpôn Ambient Festival

8:00 p.m.Chrome and Crimson
music researchers – from their current and wide collection they pick the pieces from the music palette farthest from one another to connect them with a gentle net.
9:30 p.m. Amira
oriental dance theatre the conjuring up the four elements – the bellydancer phenomena gives an insight on the tale of Sheherezade.
11:00 p.m. ZUM ensemble
eternal experimentalists – with their brand new formation they bring the tribal trance rituals to life in a modern electroacoustic scoring.
12:20 a.m. Krisztián Gergye
contemporary Javan dancer – educated in Indonesia, the artist alloys the ancient and the modern elements in his own choreography.
1:30 a.m. Ion concert
contemporary music – in which the electronical ambient is mixed with punk and dark style elements.
2:40 a.m. Pabloslam
expressive live act – the composer who arrived from Venezuela embodies his own unearthly feelings with voice, guitar and electronical devices.
3:40-8:00 a.m. Naga
guru of dance – only a few know that he is an antropologist researching the relation of music and man.
The music connecting the performances is presented by: Chrom and Crimson

lightpoets – the creative group spin together a vision – according to the moment’s and the artists’ moods – which is a combination of computer animation, retrospective items, actual film and video sections, light shows and slidefilms. The show is projected at different installations (shapes and materials) spiced with effects and traditional film tricks.
Marketplace – the inseparable accesories of the subculture
Cökxpôn Ambient Café – vegetarian home cuisine, special teas, exotic
cocktails and cold drinks
Makara – Asian knick–knacks, ambient arts

Entrance barefoot only! (Bring slippers and a sleeping bag!)
(a Zumfilm production, supported by: Major’s Offices of the Budapest Municipal Government)



The programme may be subject to change.