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Imre Madách

The Tragedy of Man

The Tragedy of Man

Csiky Gergely Hungarian State Theatre – Timișoara, Romania

Director: Silviu Purcărete

Performed in Hungarian with English subtitles.

1 hours 50 minutes, without breaks.

"The machine is running, the creator rests." This classical line became a sentence and it expresses the compressed definition of modernity: The Creator set the grounds for the World, the Creator placed the Man in it, then they abandoned the Universe wandering in a meaningless, untroubled space. Still, Madách Imre goes beyond this global, mechanical and (from the contemporaries' standpoint) deeply depressing perspective - he understands history to be a satanic nightmare dreamt by Adam with us and for us. Lucifer's protests are in vain, the promise of salvation gives meaning and confidence in human existence. Eva is holding the promised Messiah under her heart - the Lovechild who replaces the dialectics of inventing the enemy and continuous confrontation with acceptance, the opportunity of human condition and its inspiring mission.

Even if we don't see him on the stage in Silviu Purcărete's vision, the Child is always present: we can hear the voice, see his clear face shining in the deep layers of every scene, his frailness and constant danger give meaning to our desire to get to know ourselves better. This is an exceptional theatric laboratory, where the need for precision is not originated in the superiority of the judgement-makers, but only in love, compassion and the joy of closeness and togetherness.

Purcărete's unique humour, his legendary kindness and modesty bring the "Tragedy of Man" to unexpected ties: Madách's great poem of the 19th century, difficult at a first glance, becomes alive and accessible, while his abstract philosophy-theology is truly vital. Purcărete reaches out to the great classic, he starts a profound dialogue and invites him as a guest

Színészek /Actors: 

Aszalos Géza, Balázs Attila, Bandi András Zsolt, Borbély B. Emília, Csata Zsolt, Éder Enikő, Kiss Attila, Kocsárdi Levente, Lanstyák Ildikó, Lőrincz Rita, Lukács-György Szilárd, Magyari Etelka, Mátyás Zsolt Imre, Mihály Csongor, Molnos András Csaba, Szász Enikő, Tokai Andrea, Vadász Bernadett, Vajda Boróka, Vass Richárd, Tar Mónika


Díszlet- és jelmeztervező / Stage and costume designer: Dragoș Buhagiar
Zeneszerző / Composer: Vasile Șirli
Dramaturg / Dramaturge: Visky András
Szövegváltozat / Text version by: Silviu Purcărete, Visky András
Rendezőasszisztens / Director’s assistant: Ilir Dragovoja
A zeneszerző asszisztense / Composer’s assistant: Éder Enikő
Hangmérnök / Sound engineer: Bayer Sebastian


Silviu Purcărete

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Silviu Purcărete

Silviu Purcărete

Silviu Purcărete was born in Bucharest, in 1950. He graduated from the Institute of Theatre and Cinematography of Bucharest. He worked at Piatra Neamţ, Constanţa, Bucharest, and since 1988, at the National Theatre of Craiova. In 2007, he directed J.W. Goethe's Faust at the Radu Stanca National Theatre of Sibiu, a performance that was remarkably successful at the 2009 edition of the Edinburgh Festival.He has worked in theaters located in England, Austria, France,Norway, Portugal, Hungary, as well as at the Bonn, Cardiff, Vienna,Essen Opera Houses. In 1996, he became the director of the LimogesNational Dramatic Center, where he produced several performancesand where he created a school for young actors. He was named Commander in the Order of the Star of Romania, and was awarded the title of Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres, in France. He won the Hamada Foundation's Critics' Award and the Award for Artistic Excellence at the Edinburgh International Festival (1991), the Best Foreign Performance Award at the Montreal Festival of the Americas(1993), the Peter Brook Golden Globe Award for Best theatre direction(1995), the Critics' Award at the Dublin Theatre Festival (1996), the Special Prize of the Jury at the International Shakespeare Festival in Gdansk (2006), the UNITER Award for Best Direction (1993 and 2005), and the UNITER Award for Excellence (1997 and 2010 – alongside the team with whom he collaborated for Faust at the Radu Stanca National Theatre of Sibiu).

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