Performances in Hungarian and broken English, english subtitles
THE PROGRAM IS FREE BUT RSVP IS REQUIRED TO ATTEND
“This is a new type of acting, a blend of subjectivity and character development. It is not even “acting,” but “plain” existence on stage, something I can hardly describe. It advances lightly with an easy energy, without any dramatic outbursts. Just like an everyday conversation: what lies below the surface is always more compelling. Some have the ability to carry this out in a remarkably natural way, while others remain actors and on the surface. And for some, this will even suit their character well. The scenes balance on the thin line between fiction and reality, where reality is the heavier part, the unknown, the one that unfolds in the here and now. It is as if the performers were saying improvised, unlearnt texts, as if they only knew the context and not the sentences, which seem hesitant, spontaneous, and born on the spot. This would be the new form then, dollardaddy’s trademark style: civilian, commonplace, nondramatic, and lacking a dramatic arc.” (Andrea Tompa, Magyar Narancs)
Emőke Kiss-Végh and Tamás Ördög are young Hungarian actors and theatre-makers, known for their unorthodox shows and projects staged in flats and unusual venues. Dollardaddy’s (Dollár Papa Gyermekei) are one of the youngest Hungarian ensembles, true risk-takers in every sense: experimenting on the boundaries of real life and theatre in a minimalistic style.
The purpose of the bedtime story broadcast is to close up the activities of the day and prepare the soul for the nighttime rest. Thus the bedtime story needs to be poetic, not adventurous. It should not contain a complex narrative or deeply troubling motives. Let there be a teasing attraction but at the same time it has to support peaceful sleeping thus can not be too stimulating. And besides all the most important function is to steer the taste and the socialist education of the viewer to the right direction. We are travelling East with the show tonight. Enjoy it and do not forget: there is no sun without Sugár*!
(*meaning Sunbeam, which was the name of a socialist shopping center)
The performance is realized in the frame of Tampere University’s project Re-Connect / Re-Collect – Crossing the Divides through Memories of Cold War Childhood, inspired by the collected memories. This international and interdisciplinary research analyzes memories of diverse childhood experiences from post socialist and Cold War countries; and tries to build bridges between academic research and arts through the representations of these personal stories. It aims to establish dialogues among people divided by multiple borders – geopolitical, economic, generational and cultural – and which borders, albeit in a different form, are still there today.
Authors: Bence Bíró, Emőke Kiss-Végh, Tamás Ördög
Performers: Máté Dezső Georgita, Emőke Kiss-Végh, Zsombor Kövesi, Tamás Ördög, Roland Rába, Natasa Stork, Sándor Terhes, Krisztina Urbanovits
Dramaturge: Bence Bíró
Costume designer: Tibor Kiss
Movement consultant: Levente Lukács
Assistant Director: Márk Molnár D.
Director: Tamás Ördög
Research: Zsuzsa Millei and Nelli Piattoeva (Tampere University, Finland), Iveta Silova (Arizona State University, USA)
Supporter: Kone Foundation, Finland