AUGUST

Writer: Bruno Schulz
AUGUST
 

Prague, Bratislava, Sibiu, Maribor, Sarajevo and Moscow... These are only a few stops, where -since its premiere on January 13, 2018- the nonverbal performance August, directed by Zoltán Balázs, has had its international success.

In the performance August, based on Bruno Schulz’s collection of short stories Cinnamon Shops, the director translates the linguistic metaphors of the Jewish extraction polish writer to images, body, movement and gestures; the fine teamwork and intellect of the actors of the company make it plastic.

The ensemble of Maladype implements the bizarre system of the interrelationship between form and content of a highly strung writer through the language of play, theater and arts. The nonverbal stage composition of the remarkable poetic language depicts the world as it appears in the feelings of the narrator: it is capable of ever-changing, flickering and limitless transformations.

Description:

Bruno Schulz, the master of colored fantasies, tales and sensations builds his stories from worthless trifles within the wings of which our life happens, and where the only essence lies in the continuous alternation of masks and forms. Although Schulz is the spiritual companion of German expressionists, Musil and Kafka, instead of a terror of universal dimensions, he builds his house from his own childhood. The magical-realist writer of Cinnamon Shops describes the last days of the Monarchy in a small Galician town, where the decline of the old world is seen through young Joseph’s child’s eyes in the figure of his own father, Jacob, a solid merchant and a philosopher-mage at the same time. According to the writer, childhood „appears to be the materialization of that ’age of genius, the ’age of Messiah’ promised by all the mythologies.” Joseph protects himself from the aggression of the suffusing chaos by letting it into the house and finding a place for it in the spaces of his life. “How naive it is to think that we can forge our destiny while struggling with thousands of small things in our life! I only wish to escape the vigilance of fate and, without creating a sensation, unobtrusively nuzzling up to my good luck, become invisible.”

Cast:
Zsigmond Bödők
Brigitta Dőry
Brigitta Erőss
Róbert Fekete
Simon Jáger
Ivett Andrea Lukács
Gáspár Mesés
Ágota Szilágyi
Lilla Zsenák

Director: Zoltán Balázs
Production manager: Katalin Balázs
Creative producer: Sylvia Huszár

Awards:
The Special prize „For outstanding teamwork and composition” form the Student Jury - XXX. Festival of Hungarian Theatres beyond the border, Kisvárda, Hungary - 2018
Jury Award for „Collective creation” - ISTROPOLITANA International Theatre Festival, Bratislava, Slovakia - 2018

Tour:
YOUR CHANCE International Theatre Festival, Moscow, Russia - 2019
Winter Festival, Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina - 2019
Winter Festival, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina - 2019
Borstnik International Theatre Festival, Maribor, Slovenia - 2018
House of Culture, Lendava, Slovenia - 2018
XXX. Festival of Hungarian Theatres beyond the border, Kisvárda, Hungary - 2018
SIBFEST, International Theatre Festival, Sibiu, Romania - 2018
ISTROPOLITANA International Theatre Festival, Bratislava, Slovakia - 2018
ZLOMVAZ International Theatre Festival, Prague, Czech Republic - 2018
Crossroads, TRIP Ship, Budapest, Hungary - 2018
Cross-border Hungarian Theatres Festival, Budapest, Hungary - 2018
House of Culture, Sighisoara, Romania - 2018
Szín-Tár International Theatre Festival, Kecskemét, Hungary - 2018
HolnapUtán Theatre Festival, Oradea, Romania - 2018