Acting Out

Theatre show — 22.6.2024 17:00

Acting Out
a performance by Mihai Lukács
Based on interviews and articles with Esther Magyar-Gonda and Katia Pascariu

With Katia Pascariu
Set / costume / video Miklósi Dénes and Miklós Szilárd
Choreography Sinkó Ferenc
Music: Oana Hodade
Light design: Török Ákos
Assistant director Jasmina Cloșcă
Producers: Dialectic Centre and Tranzit House

Language: Romanian with Hungarian surtitles

"Acting Out” revolves around the relationship between the artist and his body on stage, inspired by the revolutionary ideas of Esther Magyar-Gonda, a reference name in Romanian dance.

Esther’s life, characterized by political activism, passion for art and dedication to education, portrays a complex artist whose existence was closely linked to important historical events and personal challenges.

Arrested for anti-fascist activities and deported to Transnistria because of her Jewish origin, after these experiences she gave up her career as a dancer and dedicated herself to developing and coordinating the official choreographic scene in Romania.

Recognized for her innovative contributions to modern and contemporary dance in Romania, Esther Magyar-Gonda has developed a deep and original appreciation for gesture and expressive movement.

Her personal struggle is mirrored in actress Katia Pascariu’s relationship to her own history and her contestation of a certain style of theatricality and typical corporeality. The performance highlights the artist’s resilience in the face of difficulties and her connection to performance art and education.

“Acting Out” proposes an in-depth exploration of the connection between dance, the body, local histories and the sense of alienation, where dance is perceived as an expression of labour and materialism that questions traditional transcendent and visceral concepts of the body.

Tickets are available:
👉On the day of the show, at the venue, subject to availability of seats. Cash only.

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Performance produced as part of the project ‘Anamnesis of the gesture’. A cultural project cofinanced by The Administration of the National Cultural Fund.
The project does not necessarily represent the position of the Administration of the National
Cultural Fund. The Administration of the National Cultural Fund is not responsible for the content of the project or the manner in which the results of the project may be used. These are entirely the responsibility of the funding recipient.