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Be Faithful Unto Death

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László Béres

09. 11. 2017


09. 14. 2017


The results of the competition organized for young theatre directors will be presented on September 21, during a press conference that will focus on the current season’s events.

András Csiky at 87

Born in Odorheiu Secuiesc on August 25, 1930, András Csiky graduated his university studies in 1953 at the István Szentgyörgyi Theatre Institute.

08. 15. 2017

A New Venue for the Theatre Tent at the Hungarian Days of Cluj

08. 08. 2017

Birthday Celebration Gábor Tompa at 60

PÉTER Ladies and gentlemen! Dear Audience! Let's hear, as our last chance, the homily of Thomas and John about truth. Applause, whistling.
TAMÁS and JÁNOS About friendship, Peter, about friendship.
PÉTER About Friendship? Sorry, sorry, this is a surprise to me. I am now hearing this for the first time. Let me introduce the actors. Tus etc. Thomas Estragon! Applause, whistling. János Vladimir! Applause, whistling.
(Tanítványok/Disciples, 2000)

A swift move and the curtain is opened -
A glimpse of a sound cuts through the smoke:
Father calls his prodigal son.
(Gábor Tompa: Lélekvásár/Soul Fair [2017])
The hands of time are turning, at the age of sixty, man steps upon a hanging bridge, with the unlived and entirely elusive depths and heights of time beneath and above him.  In front of him, where the enigmatic end of his own time is hiding, a cloudy fog is wavering, echoing and reflecting, but not answering the question if our time is approaching redemption or disappearing without a trace.

I was expecting depression to engulf me by the age of 60, the bottomless depressio transsylvaniae, since, looking back, on the wider horizon of time I would see nothing but sand. For he who looks back it struck by a sharp and humorless judgment, being transformed into a salt pillar. It does not matter whether the time put on the balance is yours or someone else’s.

It did not happen this way; no depression.

Time has awarded me with the event of birth, the birth of my children's children, and there is no other more concentrated moment than that of a birth. The two endpoints - birth and the other hidden unknown which lies in front of us - are not two distinct points of intersection of the timeline, but the gift of time fulfilled within and with us.

The moment of birth; birth-day; birthday celebration.

Actors and directors, theatre people, know a great deal about birth, about the journey of coming into the world. One of the most preferred expressions in the theatrical jargon is birth/giving birth to a play, and I have just noticed that - while we refer to the whole performance, of course, the birth or abortion of a role - we mostly refer to our self-creation or our efforts that have remained meaningless. Burdensome knowledge. The most difficult moment of the rehearsal process is when the performance is "ready" but it cannot be born. It is alive, but does not come into the world. And if it does not appear amongst us, then it cannot mean anything. It means nothing.

I have mostly experienced these fragile moments of silence between reality and nothing in Gábor’s vicinity. It is a fact that the theater can give a communal shape to the descent and, if the performance comes into the world, to the more-than-human path of ascent. I've learned that this path - of descent, which, if you're lucky, is a fall and shortness of breath; and that of ascent, which, if you are lucky, is an unnoticeable, easy return - it is only worthwhile to be experienced through the radicality of love.

It is in this way that, for instance, loyalty gains meaning, because it is not one’s own belief or truth that is the element that is most important on the path of receiving meaning, but rather the event of creating an independent reality, which is immensely richer than those who created it. During the Cluj rehearsals of
Tanítványok/Disciples - long after the actual creation of the text, I came to the understanding that the moment of truth, the truth that came into being and became reality - as well as the meaning connected to our immediate existence: justice, justification, true statement, reality, fact - it has nothing to do with our own self-realization by any means necessary. But what it is connected to is friendship.

And friendship is the most human time there is.

“What is time itself? If no one asks me, then I know the answer; but if I have to explain it to someone then I do not know.”

Nobody asked me: I know.

Happy Birthday, Gábor!

András Visky

08. 04. 2017

Julius Caesar Was a Great Success in Almagro

On July 28 and 29, the Hungarian Theatre of Cluj performed
Julius Caesar - directed by Silviu Purcărete - at the 40th edition of the Almagro International Classical Theatre Festival. For the first time in the festival’s history, the Spanish audience was able to view a Hungarian language production, while at the same time, the ensemble of the Hungarian Theatre of Cluj was the first one invited from Romania.

At the press conference held prior to the performance, festival director Natalia Menéndez stated that the greatness of the Cluj version of Julius Caesar lies in the fact that it is able to show that beauty lies not only in that what is good but can also be found in the bad as well.

The two performances played within the Renaissance style building of Antigua Universidad Renascentista, a former university built in the first half of the 16th century, were seen by a total of 790 viewers, who, uncharacteristically for a Spanish audience, have rewarded the actors with standing ovations lasting for several minutes.

The post-performance reviews also praised the Almagro guest performances of the Hungarian Theatre of Cluj. Javier Vallejo, the reviewer of one of Spain's most popular and best-selling daily newspapers, El País, stated the following concerning the performance: the impact of the performance for the majority of the viewers resembled a trailer truck smashing into a jewelry store.

07. 27. 2017

Guest Performance of Julius Caesar at the Almagro International Classical Theatre Festival

For the first time in its history, the Hungarian State Theatre of Cluj had been invited to participate at the Almagro International Classical Theatre Festival, in Spain. Our company will perform the play
Julius Caesar - directed by Silviu Purcărete -, on July 28 and 29.

At its 40th edition, the Almagro International Classical Theatre Festival is considered to be the most important world event for the presentation of classical plays (from the 17th and 18th centuries). The festival takes place at more than 25 different venues, featuring not only plays from the Spanish Golden Age, Elizabethan ones, or those of the Baroque playwrights pertaining to the French neo-classical age, but also showcases the works of the most important representatives of traditional Oriental dramatic literature (Noh and kabuki theatre alike). Almagro is a Spanish city located about 200 kilometers from Madrid, in the province of Castilla - La Mancha. The attendance of the Hungarian State Theatre of Cluj to the Almagro International Classical Theatre Festival was made possible with the support of the Romanian Cultural Institute.
The Hungarian Theatre of Cluj’s performance of Julius Caesar is the only Hungarian language performance of the festival, being at the same time the only guest ensemble from Romania. The title role of the play initially presented in October 2015 is Zsolt Bogdán, while the other cast members of the work are: Miklós Bács, Gábor Viola, Szabolcs Balla, Emőke Kató, Enikő Györgyjakab, Csilla Albert, Balázs Bodolai, Áron Dimény, Loránd Farkas, Alpár Fogarasi, Melinda Kántor, Sándor Keresztes, Róbert Laczkó Vass, Ervin Szűcs, Loránd Váta and János Platz.

07. 24. 2017

His Missing Gaze - Farewell to Lajos Kántor (1937-2017)

07. 18. 2017

Actor Miklós Jancsó Has Died (1946-2017)

Actor, professor and writer Miklós Jancsó has died at 70.

Born on August 12, 1946, in Cluj, he graduated in the same city from the Sámuel Brassai Secondary School in 1964. He earned his acting degree in 1968 from the István Szentgyörgyi Theatre Academy in Târgu Mureş, after which he was hired by the Hungarian State Theatre of Cluj, where he remained a member of the company until 2001. He played close to a hundred roles on the stage of the Hungarian Theatre, the most important of which are: Móka (Áron Tamási: Énekes madár/Singing Bird, 1968, d.: Loránd Lohinszky), Vadmalac (Sándor Fodor: Csipike, 1973, d.: Béla Horváth), Beppo (Jenő Heltai: Néma levente, 1982, d.: Júlia Berecky), Duzzog (Mihály Vörösmarty: Csongor és Tünde, 1984, d.: György Harag), Tódor Krisztyián (Mór Jókai: The Man with the Golden Touch, 1984, d.: János Márton, Gábor Dehel), Rosenkrantz (Shakespeare: Hamlet, 1987, d.: Gábor Tompa), Nae (Caragiale: Stormy night, 1988, r.: Gábor Tompa), Dr. Bálint Szakolczai (Jenő Heltai: Naftalin, 1990, d.: Gábor Tompa), Államtitkár (János Székely: Mórok, 1991, d.: Gábor Tompa), Farkas Kovacsóczy (László Marton: Nagyratörő, 1992, d.: Miklós Parászka), Tábornok (Ervin Lázár: Bab Berci kalandjai, 1992, d.: István Mózes), Peter Quince (Shakespeare: A Midsummer Night's Dream, 1992, d.: Gábor Tompa), (Andor Szilágyi: Leander és Lenszirom, 1993, d.: Gábor Czeizel), The Player (Tom Stoppard: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, 1994, d.: Kövesdy István).

Since 1996, he has taught speech at Babeş-Bolyai University and the Protestant Theology of Cluj, while between 2001 and 2003 he has organized the introduction of speech classes within all of the Hungarian lines of Babeş-Bolyai University. In 2004, he has earned his PhD degree with a thesis entitled: Csíky Gergely színpadi világa/The Dramatic Works of Gergely Csíky.

Since 1989, he has published regularly, with the humorous, short prose being his favorite genre. His scenes and one-act plays written for stage have been performed also on the Hungarian stages of Transylvania. He has been a member of the Romanian Writers’ Association since 2008. In 2010 he was awarded the Sándor Reményik Award. In 2013, he, alongside his wife, Rozália Rekita, were honored with the Gróf Miklós Bánffy Award offered by the Hungarian Cultural Association of Transylvania (EMKE), for their outstanding achievements in the performing arts and their devoted work in popularizing Hungarian culture.

May he rest in peace!

07. 05. 2017

Two Performances of the Hungarian Theatre of Cluj Included within the National Theatre Festival

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