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Madách Project 2023 - The Tragedy of Man

Madách Project 2023 - The Tragedy of Man

Warsaw, Budapest, Kaposvár, Giza, Athens, Milan, Istanbul, Paris, Liverpool, Bucharest, Tbilisi, Toronto

Director: Attila Vidnyánszky

7 hours 20 minutes with 2 breaks.

On the occasion of the 200th anniversary of the birth of Imre Madách, at the same timeframe with the Theatre Olympics, the University of Theatre and Film Arts is organising the Madách Project, a series of events in the framework of which 'The Tragedy of Man' directed by Attila Vidnyánszky will be staged again with the participation of foreign and Hungarian theatre students. 


With respect to this grand anniversary, the work will be staged in a completely new concept. In line with the high international standards of the Theatre Olympics, the University of Theatre and Film Arts has invited several foreign theatre universities to participate in the Madách Project. The concept is that each scene will be performed by theatre students from a different country, with their own imagined set decorations, costumes and, to crown it all, in their native language.

The University of Theatre and Film Arts will give each of the participating institutions the opportunity to present their own version of their scenes, as part of a two-day Madách conference in early June. 

This will give us a close-up look at what each nation sees in Madách's masterpiece.

Following the conference, Attila Vidnyánszky will spend two weeks working intensively with the students, and by the end of June he will have turned the scenes brought by the universities into a unified whole. The fruit of the cooperation, the unified piece will be premiered on 23rd June 2023. 

The students of participating universities from France, England, Poland, Greece, Turkey, Georgia, Canada and other countries will come to our country to take part in this major international collaboration with students from the University of Theatre and Film Arts.

The project will provide a unique opportunity for students from both home and partner universities to showcase their talents and start building international professional relationships.


In heaven
Poland - Warsaw Film School
In Paradise - Palm Trees Outside Paradise - Falanszter
Hungary - University of Theatre and Film Arts, Budapest and MATE Rippl-Rónai Institute of Art, Kaposvár
In Egypt
Egypt - Academy of Arts, Higher Institute of Dramatic Arts, Giza
In Athens
Greece - Athens Conservatoire Drama School
Centro Teatro Attivo, Milan
In Constantinople
Turkey - Istanbul Aydin University
France - EICAR, The International Film and Television School, Paris
United Kingdom - Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA)
First and Second Prague scene and Eskimo scene
I. L. Caragiale University of Theatre and Film Arts, Bucharest
The Space
Georgia - State Military Rustavi University of Theatre and Film Arts, Tbilisi
The Space
Canada - York University, Toronto

Shipyard Island (Hajógyári-sziget)
Attila Vidnyánszky

Attila Vidnyánszky

Hungarian theatre and opera director, teacher.

He was born in Berehove (Ukraine) in 1964.

He graduated in Hungarian literature and linguistics from Uzhhorod State University (1985). He taught literature and history for two years. In 1992, he graduated in theatre directing from the Karpenko-Kary State Academy of Theatre and Cinema in Kyiv.

In 1993, he founded his own company, the Gyula Illyés Hungarian National Theatre in Berehove, of which he is still the Principal Director.

In 2004, he was appointed Principal Director of the Hungarian State Opera House. In 2006 - 2013, he was Director of the Csokonai National Theatre in Debrecen.

Since 2013, he has been the Director General of the National Theatre. In 2014, he founded the National Theatre's MITEM festival (Madách International Theatre Meeting).

Since 2023, he has been a member of the International Theatre Olympics Committee and Artistic Director of the 2023 Budapest Theatre Olympics.

He has also directed at the National Academic Theatre in Kyiv (Leszya Ukrayinka Theatre), the Alexandrinsky Theatre in St Petersburg) and the Hungarian State Opera House.

His performances have toured Europe from Stockholm to Moscow and Tbilisi, from Strasbourg to Nancy and Kyiv.

He has received many awards, including Ukraine's Artist of Merit (2002), the Meyerhold Prize (2009, Moscow) and the Kossuth Prize (2011).

His films include Liberté 56, The Boy Who Turned into a Deer.

He has taught acting at the Karpenko-Kary State Academy of Theatre and Cinema in Kyiv and at the University of Kaposvár. Since 2020, he has been the master of a directing class at the University of Theatre and Film in Budapest.

He has been a member of the Hungarian Academy of Arts since 2005. In 2008, he co-founded the Hungarian Theatre Society and has been its President since. Between 2010 and 2013, he also served as Chairman of the Theatre Arts Committee under the Minister of Human Resources. Since 2020, he has been Chairman of the Board of the foundation operating the University of Theatre and Film in Budapest.

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