National Theatre, Budapest, Hungary
Director: Attila Vidnyánszky
2 hours 10 minutes, without breaks.
PASSION AT THE BASILICA
May 26, 2023
Budapest, Szent István square, 8 PM
With the participation of the Hungarian National Dance Ensemble and its Orchestra
This performance is a co-production with the Hungarian National Dance Ensemble.
Members of the older generation may recall the Passion of Csíksomlyó, which premiered at the then National Theatre in 1981 and ran very successfully for over ten years. Staging the passion of Jesus during the last decade of a morally disintegrating communist dictatorship amounted to a veritable demonstration against the regime. Imre Kerényi’s direction also proved that the language of 18th century school plays is still enjoyable for today’s audience, if it is accompanied by the traditional folk culture revived by the Dance House Movement. But is a major undertaking like that still viable today?
From the 1990s onwards, Csíksomlyó became a pan-Hungarian pilgrimage site drawing ever-larger crowds. It represents a spiritual pivotal point on which we believe we can safely build. This Passion of Csíksomlyó of the National Theatre asks questions about the foundations of our Christian faith, and draws attention to the prospects of the European faith community. It aims to create a new stage language in which the 18th century interpretation of the Biblical story and Géza Szőcs’ contemporary adaptation form an integral unit with the religious folk songs performed by András Berecz and the folk-based dance choreography performed by the members of the Hungarian National Dance Ensemble.
Lajos Ottó Horváth
Judit Gigi Vas m.v.
László Szabó Sebestyén
Barna Szűcs /
Deus Pater: Attila Benedek, Archangel Rafael: Dániel Csicsmann, Archangel Gabriel: Dávid Barka, Faith: Balázs Ertl, Death: Attila Tókos, 1. Devil: Bence Fekete, 2.Devil: Sándor Juhász, Love: Edina Rab, Mercy: Mária Péter-Oltárczy, Truth: Amanda Béli-Orbán, Certainity and Veronica: Mária Péter-Oltárczy, Wisdom: Norbert Rencz, Innocence: Sarolta Molnár, Contended: Dóra Payer, Adam: Barnabás Bordás, Noah: Barnabás Bordás, Abraham: Gábor Valach, King David: Barnabás Szeverényi, 1. Soldier and Sheperd: Flórián Hajdú, 2. Soldier: Gábor Takács, Strength: Zsombor Juhász, and all the dancers of the ensemble.
István Gázsa Papp (1. violin), Kálmán Balogh (dulcimer, gardon), Ádám Takács (violin), Sándor D. Tóth (viola, drum), Attila Csávás (clarinet, recorder), Róbert Liber (doublebass)
Other contributors to the outdoor performance of the Theatre Olympics:
Budapest Capital Bartók Dance Ensemble
Corvinus Közgáz Folk Dance Ensemble
Hungarian University of Dance Arts
Angyalföldi Vadrózsa Dance Ensemble
Bem Dance Ensemble
Fountain Folk Dance Ensemble Independent Theatre
Fót School of Arts
Wild Roses Folk Dance Ensemble
Válaszút Dance Ensemble
Ludovika Folk Dance Ensemble
As well as students of the Kodály Zoltán Hungarian Choir School.
László Székely m.v.
JDS (Jeremias Bianca) m.v.
Norbert Medgyesy S.
Zsuzsa Zs. Vincze m.v.
Zoltán Zsuráfszky m.v.