Kornél Mundruczó / Proton Theatre

Látszatélet / Imitation of Life


Ungarisch mit englischen Untertiteln /  approx. 95 minutes

A Roma boy looks different than his family. He is born with a different skin colour than his brothers and sisters. The disavowal of his origins overshadows his entire childhood. In the anonymity of the city he begins a new life, trying his luck. From this point, the story might have turned into a prime example of social establishment. “Látszatélet”, however, describes how the new life gradually gets choked by self-hatred. The protagonist comes to a tragic decision. Kornél Mundruczó and Proton Theatre developed this new piece against the backdrop of an actual case on file with the Budapest police: in May 2015 a Roma boy was attacked in a bus with a sword. There was a great uproar in the media, and there were demonstrations against racism. As it turned out, the attacker was a member of a right-wing group, and was also Roma. The director’s productions daringly take an unflinching look at the reality in Hungary, and at the same time are a powerful protest by an artist who refuses to accept it. After “Shame” (2012) and “Dementia, or the Day of My Great Happiness” (2014) Mundruczó is now coming back to HAU. “It is a magnificent evening, where Mundruczó’s signature, marked by violence and volume, shows itself for the first time to be subtler. But without losing any of the power.” (Margarete Affenzeller, der Standard, May 22, 2016)


With: Lili Monori, Roland Rába, Annamária Láng, Zsombor Jéger,Dáriusz Kozma / Director: Kornél Mundruczó / Set: Márton Ágh / Costume Design: Márton Ágh, Melinda Domán / Lighting Design: András Éltető / Text: Kata Wéber / Dramaturgy: Soma Boronkay / Music: Asher Goldschmidt / Production: Dóra Büki / Production manager: Zsófia Csató / Production assistant: Ágota Kiss / Technical director: András Éltető / Light technician: Zoltán Rigó / Sound technician: Zsigmond Farkas Szilágyi / Stage Manager: Benedikt Schröter / Props: Tamás Fekete / Dresser: Melinda Domán


  • Past
    Fri 28.10.2016, 20:30 / HAU2
    Sat 29.10.2016, 20:30 / HAU2
    Sun 30.10.2016, 17:00 / HAU2


Production: Proton Theatre (Budapest). Co-produktion: HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Wiener Festwochen, Theater Oberhausen, La rose des vents – Scène nationale Lille Métropole Villeneuve d’Ascq (Maillon), Théâtre de Strasbourg / Scène européenne, Trafó Kortárs Művészetek Háza (Budapest), HELLERAU – Europäisches Zentrum der Künste (Dresden), Wiesbaden Biennale.


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