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Budapest holds its third international theatre festival

Budapest holds its third international theatre festival
By Catherine Hardy

<p><p></p> <p>The third annual Madach Theatre festival brings 22 performances from 13 countries to the Hungarian capital.</p> <p>All genres of theatre can be seen, from reinterpretations of classical pieces to work by contemporary playwrights.</p> </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"align="center"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Hungary?src=hash">#Hungary</a> – On The Stage: International Theater Meeting Starts In Budapest: The Madách International Theatre Me… <a href="https://t.co/C9yQtRsFOU">https://t.co/C9yQtRsFOU</a></p>— Hungary News (@hungarynews) <a href="https://twitter.com/hungarynews/status/719878117972582400">April 12, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p> <p>The organiser explained to Euronews how classic dramas resonate strongly in today’s world.</p> <p>Elements of the ancient Greek drama tradition can be seen in contemporary theatre.</p> <p><strong>Zsofia Rideg</strong> says classic texts have a lot to teach us:</p> <p>“There is a trend in the theatre, more and more contemporary performances use the chorus which is the oldest way of making theatre.” </p> <p>“This is a great way to represent a mass of people in the theatre at the time of the migrant crisis.” </p> <p>*The individual becomes more humble as people realise that community and society are more important.” </p> <p>“Classical dramas reflect this phenomenon better with their ancient texts.”</p> </p> <h3><strong>The Iliad – a tale for our times</strong></h3> <p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"align="center"><p lang="el" dir="ltr">Η Ιλιάδα σε σκηνοθεσία Στάθη Λιβαθινού ταξιδεύει στη Βουδαπέστη! <a href="https://twitter.com/Polyplanity"><code>Polyplanity</a> <a href="https://t.co/HNpF70sePg">https://t.co/HNpF70sePg</a> <a href="https://t.co/0xcbv17SyW">pic.twitter.com/0xcbv17SyW</a></p>&mdash; Ερριέττα Μπελέκου (</code>eribelekou) <a href="https://twitter.com/eribelekou/status/718439696892882945">April 8, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> </p> <p>A good example is this new interpretation of Homer’s “Iliad” written between 1260 and 1180 BC and set during the Trojan War. </p> <p>The director of the Athens theatre company believes artists must speak to people’s souls, while politicians are trying to find solutions for society on a practical level.</p> <p>The Iliad is perfect for speaking to people’s souls during the ongoing migrant crisis in Europe. </p> <p>Greece is one of the countries most directly affected. <p></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"align="center"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Homer’s <span class="caps">ILIAD</span> / Stathis Livathinos Theatre Group <a href="https://t.co/RQTe2njPwi">https://t.co/RQTe2njPwi</a> <a href="https://t.co/pLpZXv0WnR">pic.twitter.com/pLpZXv0WnR</a></p>— starsppl (@starsppl1) <a href="https://twitter.com/starsppl1/status/710184542875725825">March 16, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> </p> <p><strong>Stathis Livathinos is Director of the Greek National Theatre</strong>:</p> <p>“The production was put together before the migration and refugee crisis erupted this year and last.” </p> <p>“But it shows Homer had predicted it, because he dealt a lot with war, with destruction, with the negative role people play when they destroy each other.”</p> <p>“And what is left at the end? Only understanding and reconciliation between generations. And, most of all, one’s reconciliation with one’s self.” <p></p> <h3><strong>A daring critique of convention</strong></h3> </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"align="center"><p lang="es" dir="ltr">He visto 'El público' dirigido por <a href="https://twitter.com/Alex_Rigola"><code>Alex_Rigola</a> y he escrito sobre lo que Lorca dijo:<a href="https://t.co/1lLgeRumER">https://t.co/1lLgeRumER</a> <a href="https://t.co/z5xGYVYxna">pic.twitter.com/z5xGYVYxna</a></p>&mdash; XAVIER SIRÉS (</code>xaviersires) <a href="https://twitter.com/xaviersires/status/683893197941161984">January 4, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p> <p>Very few directors have dared stage this play. </p> <p>“Public” is by the acclaimed Spanish writer Federico Garcia Lorca.</p> <p>It is perhaps his most enigmatic, surreal, scandalous and revolutionary work, as well as being a pithy embodiment of his artistic creed.</p> <p>Lorca attacks norms, mediocrity and intellectual narrow-mindedness, as well as art and theatre that have been crippled by convention.</p> </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"align="center"><p lang="und" dir="ltr">.<a href="https://twitter.com/Alex_Rigola"><code>Alex_Rigola</a> guanya el <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/PremisCr%C3%ADtica?src=hash">#PremisCrítica</a> a millor director pel nostre <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/MaritsiMullers?src=hash">#MaritsiMullers</a> i &#39;El público&#39;. Felicitats! <a href="https://t.co/cbOp6Beij9">pic.twitter.com/cbOp6Beij9</a></p>&mdash; La Villarroel (</code>La_Villarroel) <a href="https://twitter.com/La_Villarroel/status/712202390276083712">March 22, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p> <p><strong>Alex Rigola is Director of the Teatro Abadia in Madrid</strong>.</p> <p>“The love, which Lorca speaks about in this drama, is an impossible love but also a strange love, far removed from the everyday.” </p> <p>“In fact, Lorca’s piece puts homosexuality, his own homosexuality, on the table.”</p> <p>“We may not consider this as dangerous nowadays, but remember some countries of the world still have the death penalty and equality can be a false equality, because there are still many countries where two homosexuals cannot marry.”</p> </p> <h3><strong>Hungary’s home-grown talent</strong></h3> <p> <p>As well as international productions, this event is the place to go to get a flavour of the artistic depth of theatre in Hungary.</p> <p>There are also exotic shows from further afield, like a theatre group from South Korea that performs <br /> shamanistic ritual and death songs.</p> <p>In this, their third year, the Madách International Theatre Meeting puts on several shows a day in the Hungarian National Theater in Budapest</p> </p>