National Theatre, Budapest, Hungary
Director: Sardar Tagirovsky
In Hungarian with English subtitles
4 hours 40 minutes with 2 breaks.
On the basis of Chekhov’s story Ward No. 6
Chekhov wrote Ward No. 6 in the form of a short story. He did not envision it as a drama for the stage. He clearly had good reason for choosing the narrative as his form over the drama. The story is unbelievably dramatic and yet difficult to dramatize. If we attempt to transform the setting, which the author clearly intended us to envision with our inner eye, into a visual spectacle, we steal the work itself and deprive it of its dreamlike atmosphere. We go against the intentions of the author. Indeed, we do not feel ourselves justified in attempting to perform insanity, since we would create the illusion that we have understood a state of mind the essence of which is perhaps that it cannot be entirely understood.">
Thus, we stand uncomprehending before Chekhov’s short story, which seems to elude the grasp of the “normal” mind. And yet we are still driven by a formless desire to immerse ourselves in it and to share this experience with others, much like Dr. Andrei Yefimich Rabin, the doctor in the story, is drawn to the insane Ivan Dmitric Gromov. The most we can do is allow Chekhov to take us by the hand and lead us into this strange world, which is both horrifying and dangerously exciting. Of course, we will only meet him if we are “not afraid of being stung by the nettles.”
Színészek/Actors: Bartók György m.v., Bánsági Ildikó, Beczásy Áron m.v., Béres Miklós m.v., Farkas Dénes, Horváth Lajos Ottó, Katona Dávid m.v., Lukács András m.v., Mátray László m.v., Tompos Kátya, Tóth László, Varga József
Operaénekes/Opera singer: Balogh Zsuzsanna Eszter, Hárfaművész/Harpist: Kriesch Barbara
Fordítás/Translation: Szőllősy Klára; Zeneszerző/Composer: Bartók György, Díszlet-, jelmeztervező/Set and costume designer: Dobre-Kóthay Judit, Fénytervező/Lighting designer: Bányai Tamás, Dramaturg/Dramaturge: Benedek Zsolt, Rendezőasszisztens/Assitant director: Herpai Rita.
György Bartók m.v.
Áron Beczásy m.v.
Miklós Béres m.v.
Lajos Ottó Horváth
Dávid Katona m.v.
András Lukács m.v.