Valère Novarina

Imaginary Operetta

Main stage

Anna Ráckevei
Nelli Szűcs
Kinga Újhelyi
József Jámbor
Árpád Kóti
Attila Kristán
Tibor Mészáros
József Varga
Artúr Vranyecz

The “Drama-workers”: Sándor Horváth, István Leskó

Musicians: Lajos Pál (accordion), Anna Tálas (violin), László Csonka (clarinet)

directed by
Valère Novarina
Zsófia Rideg
set design
Philippe Marioge
costume design
Borbála Kiss
music composed by
Christian Paccoud
musical adatations
Cecília Szentai
light design
Paul Beaureilles
András Csillám
Péter Gemza
artistic collaborator
Adélaïde Pralon
Csaba Jóvér
stage manager
József Karl
Zsuzsa Pethő

Date of the opening: december 11, 2010
Valère Novarina was born in 1947. After studying philosophy and philology in Paris, he wrote an essay about Antonin Artaud. He spent a whole year reading the Divine Comedy, and planned to write his PhD about Adolphe Appia, then later about Louis de Funes. Not having found a director for his plays, and encouraged by his students, he took a major step and has been directing his plays since 1986. The Drama of Life (Le drame de la vie) with its 2587 actors was presented at Festival d’Avignon, and this became the place where most of his future plays would be presented. He unites his work as a graphic artist and a painter on the stage in order to create an original and poetical work of art. His works are translated and his plays are performed all over Europe, as well as in the United States, Russia, and Latin-America.

”What is operetta?”
It is a diminutive word. A shortened version without any theatrical grease. A dense drama, free from human emotions. The operetta is born through sudden jumps, cuts, schemes and what is left after the erosion is the hard part: the splinters of rhythm, the crossings of forces, the structural skeleton, the touching human remains. (...) The music rises then falls: an operetta is turned upside down...

(Novarina: Reversable Operetta; highlights)