Kornél Mundruczó / Proton Theatre



German /  75 minutes

Filmmaker and director Kornél Mundruczó ruthlessly combines Schubert’s Winterreise, in the orchestral version by Hans Zender, with the flight of the refugee: “Waiting for one does not know what. For me, the emigrants’ Purgatory is like a refugee camp. Anyone may end up there, but no one knows the principles of judgement. Schubert’s traumatic motifs provided me with a special opportunity to think about man’s eternal alienness. And to ask the question whether art can provide a refuge when the very fundamentals of our life are questioned.” Music and the performance on stage are combined with video sequences about deprivation, hopelessness and grueling idleness in a refugee camp and refugees on Hungary’s highways. The orchestral version by Zender of the classic Lieder cycle is interpreted on stage by neues konzertorchester berlin and the young actor and singer János Szemenyei.

Kornél Mundruczó and Proton Theatre were recently at HAU with the award-winning HAU co-production “Imitation of Life.” 


Director: Kornél Mundruczó / Singer: János Szemenyei / Orchestra: Neues Konzertorchester Berlin / Music: Franz Schubert, Hans Zender / Set & Costume: Márton Ágh / Dramaturgy: Kata Wéber / Assistant director: Anna Fehér / Technical Director: András Éltető / Light technician: Zoltán Rigó / Sound technician: János Rembeczki

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  • Past
    Wed 20.12.2017, 20:00 / HAU1
    Thu 21.12.2017, 19:00 / HAU1


Production: Proton Theatre. Co-production: CAFé Budapest Contemporary Art Festival, Danubia Orchestra Óbuda, FILC – Fischer Iván’s Apartment Theatre. Depending on a original production by the Opera Vlaanderen 2014. The performances in Berlin are supported by Allianz Kulturstiftung.


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