The Hungarian, Romanian, Slovenian and English language performance of Prometheus'22, directed by Gábor Tompa, will be performed at the 10th Theatre Olympics on Tuesday, June 20 at 7 pm on the main stage of the Thália Theatre in Budapest and on Thursday, June 22 at 7 pm at the Erkel Ferenc Cultural Centre within the Gyula Castle Theatre Summer Festival. The production, created in the framework of the Union of European Theatres' Catastrophe project, will be performed next in Cluj on June 18, at 8 pm, in the Main Hall of Hungarian Theatre of Cluj.
“The postmodern performance, Prometheus'22, conceived and staged at the Hungarian Theatre of Cluj by director Tompa Gábor, addresses extreme-contemporary hard truths: the medicalization of torture, the global catastrophes produced by hunger, poverty, misery, plagues, the atrocities of wars, the militarization of everyday life, the voyeurism of the media, the official theatricalization of the master-servant repetition (projected on all possible levels).” – wrote Ruxandra Cesereanu about the performance in Teatru Azi.
PROMETHEUS'22 is a co-production between the Hungarian Theatre of Cluj, the Constanţa State Theatre and SNT Drama Ljubljana that premiered in July 2022 in Cluj, was performed seven times in Ljubljana last October and twice in January this year in Constanţa. As a culmination of the European Theatre Union's Catastrophe project, the production was also part of the Finisterra festival organised by the São João National Theatre in Porto and the Union of European Theatres, and was included in the programme of the 8th Interferences International Theatre Festival.
The production features Igor Samobor, Domen Novak, Eva Jesenovec (SNT Drama Ljubljana), Cătălina Mihai, Florin Aioane, Ecaterina Lupu, Mirela Pană, Dana Dumitrescu (State Theatre of Constanţa), Gábor Viola, Áron Dimény, Tamás Kiss, Anikó Pethő, Eszter Román, Zsolt Bogdán, Andrea Vindis, Melinda Kántor (Hungarian Theatre of Cluj).
Alongside the director, Gábor Tompa, the creative team includes also: Erwin Șimșensohn (the director's collaborator), Carmencita Brojboiu (set elements and costumes), Vasile Șirli (composer), Ágnes Kali (dramaturg), Ferenc Sinkó (choreographer), Radu Daniel (video artist) and Gyopár Bocskai (assistant visual designer).
Tickets for the Budapest guest performances of Prometheus'22 are available at the Thália Theatre at the thalia.jegy.hu website and at the Gyula Castle Theatre at gyulaivarszinhaz.jegy.hu. Tickets for the Cluj rendition of the multilingual production can be purchased at the theatre's ticket office (weekdays between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.) and online at www.biletmaster.ro.
The Theatre Olympics is a theatre event created in Greece in 1995 in the spirit of tradition and modernity, in the spirit of the ancient Olympics. The founders were renowned directors and playwrights from Greece, Japan, the USA, Spain, England, Russia, Germany and Brazil. From time to time, one of the largest and most prestigious events in world theatre finds a home in a particular city or country. Over the last two decades, the itinerant International Festival has been held in Delphoi (Greece), Shizuoka (Japan), Moscow (Russia), Istanbul (Turkey), Seoul (South Korea), Beijing (China), Wroclaw (Poland), New Delhi (India) and St Petersburg (Russia). The 2023 Hungarian Olympics will be the 10th edition in the history of the Theatre Olympics.