If an angel descends from heaven, would we let it into our hearts? In a world full of Christmas gifts and materialism, do we have any place left for the divine miracle?
„The Nativity plays have a great history, began from the times where Christianism was also originated. Christmas – as one of our most important holidays – starts the season of winter celebrations. This time was a great chance to revive and relive- and also share with others – the wisdom of the Christmas miracle.
The preparations for the Nativity play started at the end of the cultivation season, when the evenings began to be longer and the weather cooler. On these occasions, not only the children but mature men also took part in the play. Religious songs and joyous games – that’s how I remember my childhood.” -The director
Our wise men listen to the call and leave to follow the star to Bethlehem. During the way they fight, they get together, solve tasks and they lead us to Herod’s palace, then to the most divine place, to Bethlehem.
We get to know how does it feel not to find shelter for the night. Meanwhile, the devil is also awake, he tries to steal the newborn Jesus. Of course, he can’t succeed, because he is stopped by the Angel, the little Lamb, and the children.
This is a half traditional, half modern Nativity play, with a wooden spoon, straw bale and many more. The actors are Erdei Emese, Bodnár Tibor, Mostis Balázs, using the puppets that Gál Orsolya created. The text of the performance was produced by Demeter Ferencz, based on József Attila’s Három Királyok (Three Wise Men) poem and many folkloric elements.
Premiere: 07. 12. 2019. Recommended age: 4+ Duration: 42 min
Script and director: Demeter Ferencz Scenography and puppet design: Gál Orsolya Cast: Erdei Emese, Bodnár Tibor, Mostis Balázs
The play shows the journey of self-discovery and the return to the inner child through light, movement, and music. Based on Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince, the main character is a symbol of purity, innocence and joie de vivre. The adult is portrayed as being controlled by social conventions and prejudices, but he eventually does find a way to face the challenges of his transformation. He returns to the sincerity and innocence of childhood. As viewers, we may wonder: can we sometimes do this, too?
Director: Vadas László Scenography: Albert Alpár Costumes: Borsos Viola Coreography: Jakab Melinda Music: Domokos Előd Cast: Jakabfi Ivett, Domokos Szabolcs, Urmánczi Jenő, Erdei Emese, Balogh Dorottya, Bondár Tibor, Mostis Balázs
The performance is a contemporary adaptation of the Grimm brother’s classic tale. The story follows the original narratives, but in this adaptation, the idyllic tale has a twist: becomes more sinister. In this concept, the evil stepmother’s character gets into the middle of the events. In the beginning, she is not even a malefic figure, she becomes one during the story.
The scenery and costumes reflect on the modern world’s experiences, and in the performance are shown some contemporary situations as well. Although, the most essential thing for our audience is the fact, that in this modern tale there is a place for a happy ending and the good is winning at the end.
Premiere: 11. 05. 2019. Recommended age: 6+ Duration: 70 min.
Script and director: Varga Ibolya Music: Venczel Péter Scenography, puppets and costume design: Cristian Rusu Implementing: Elena Ilaș (painter), Florin Marin (sculptor) Cast: Balogh Dorottya, Bondár Tibor, Domokos Szabolcs, Erdei Emese, Giriti Réka, György László, Kötő Áron, Patka Ildikó, Pünkösti Laura, Urmánczi Jenő, Balog Ferencz, Tóthpál Tamás
„There was a king, who gave stupid orders and there was a shepherd who didn’t care about those words. In a situation like this, we need to face the issues. But which face, and also what kind of eyes does it have? We need to look into the enticing eyes without being charmed. And who can look into those starry-eyes and put them into the shade? Not the stupidity, nor the fear, or the bear, or huge hedgehogs, or sharp scythe, only the…well, yes, the princess can look into those eyes, besides, make them shine even more. The world is in order as long, as there exist these kinds of sights.” Szabó Attila
The performance is an adaptation of the well-known Hungarian folk-tale, with the identical title. The starry-eyes are the metaphor of a wise and innocent attitude. We can learn toughness from the shepherd who is refusing the nonsense orders of the king because it is not easy to fight against vanity, but the protagonist is capable of winning, due to his gifts: wiseness and humbleness.
Premiere: 10. 11. 2018. Recommended age: 4+ Duration: 60 min.
Script and director: Szabó Attila Scenography, puppets and costumes: Miareczky Edit Music: Csernák Zoltán Samu Coreography: Fosztó András Cast: Domokos Szabolcs, Urmánczi Jenő, Erdei Emese, Pünkösti Laura, Balogh Dorottya, Bodnár Tibor, Kötő Áron
This play, based on Kipling’s tale, guides us into the world of deep forest, and the world of the animals living there.
The peace in the wood can’t be disturbed, except maybe by one of the animals: the curious little elephant who has a lot of questions to ask all the time. The animals got tired of the constant bother; therefore, they send him away. During his long way, he faces many dangerous adventures, until one of them causes a twist in the story: the little elephant becomes an honored member of the wood’s community.
Premier: 1981, 2001. Recommended age: 3+ Duration: 60 min.
Author: Rudyard Kipling Adapted on stage: Nina Cassian Director: Koblicska Kálmán, Varga Ibolya Scenography: Botár Edit Music: Csortán Márton Cast: Csortán Márton, Giriti Réka, György László, Pünkösti Laura, Patka Ildikó, Okos Attila Ákos, Urmánczi Jenő
„The adventures of Paprikajancsi are ageless because they tell stories about human stupidity and also about goodness in the world. The first one – as we know – is limitless, while the second one is slowly fading. According to the hundred years old experience, every trouble can be handled with a little smartness. The story shows these things, using historical methods of puppetry and having self-deprecating humor. We need to laugh and smile at our mistakes to evolve.” – Vadas László, the director.
The courage, wiseness, and vigilancy of Paprikajancsi helps him to win through the devil, in a story full of twists and adventures. The actors are playing more than ten roles, using hand puppets.
Premiere: 05. 02. 2018. Recommended age: 3+ Duration: 50 min.
Script: Demeter Ferencz Director: Vadas László Scenography and puppet design: György László, Szabó Tünde Music: Kötő Áron Cast: Giriti Réka, György László
“Hansel and Gretel is one of the most well-known European fairy tales, of Nordic origins and penned by the Grimm Brothers. Its message has an elevating undertone: a brother’s love and solidarity that can defeat the forces of evil. The love between brother and sister is everlasting, protected by a higher, spiritual realm. They represent the order within the world’s chaos. Hansel cannot exist without Gretel and Gretel cannot live without Hansel. Together they are a single character. Each of them take turns in leading when the other is in danger. Like most Nordic tales, the forest is a significant space, full of mysteries and dangers. However, this dark forest full of evil spirits and demons always has a meadow, an island of hope. It is an ambivalent space.
I wish that the little spectators in the audience to feel, along with the show, that there is guidance. Children are the incarnation of innocence and goodwill of the world, and for that they will always be defended.” – director, Varga Ibolya
Hänsel and Gretel
after Grimm Brothers
Scenario: Ovidiu Pecican
Director: Varga Ibolya
Scenography: Epaminonda Tiotiu
Music: Péter Venczel
Cast: Frunzina Anghel, Ramona Atănăsoaie, Andreea Bolovan, Laura Corpodean, Ionuț Constantinescu, Ion Iurcu, Iulian Lungu, Angelica Pamfilie, Andra Ștefan, Adina Ungur
The story of the bad wolf is known by most of us, but this was a long time ago. Meanwhile, the world has changed, the population aged and the youngsters immigrated in order to find jobs…
Then, the iron-toothed monsters with steel blades arrived, and they plucked all the trees, one by one, leaving the ridges empty. Alone, in a deserted land, our hero, The Wolf, gathered his belongings and went into the unknown to try his luck, in another world, in another forest.
The story of the migrant wolf starts like any other migration, with a guide who helps him cross the border – or the sea – and relocates him into another world. What will happen once he arrives there? It is the story of those who seek „the best of the worlds”.
Written by Hans Christian Andersen, The Ugly Duckling is still one of the most beautiful stories about coming of age. A swan egg accidentally ends up in a duck’s nest, so out of this egg emerges a larger, an “uglier”, a different kind of “duckling” than any of the others. Being the object of all the shenanigans, pranks and ironies, the little swan has no other choice than to run away from this world, nurturing the hope that one day he may find a better place for himself.
Can our little swan persist through all the perils of the wilderness and the meddling of others? Let’s find out together. All we can say for now, is that some pleasant surprises await him as spring arrives.
In a barren and dark castle, where every little thing is black, there lives a witch together with her tomcat, named Alfonso.
Bothered by the fact that the tomcat becomes invisible in the black castle, the witch uses her magic in order to change Alfonso in a green tomcat. His life gets suddenly worse: he cannot longer sleep on the couch because now he can be seen, he cannot longer climb the chandelier because he is caught, he cannot longer sneek into the bed because he is chased away into the garden, … in the green garden we may add!
Outraged, the witch changes the colour of his fur again, she makes it multicoloured, such that now he looks like a parrot.
Poor little tomcat! He takes off in a far tree at the edge of the garden, where chattering birds, of all types and colour, laugh at him. The tomcat sobbs tremendously, melting the witch’s heart, who is now embarrased by her doings.
Then the witch removes the spell and the tomcat is happy again. In order to avoid the troubles again, a last spell changes the gloomy and dark castle into a multicoloured one.
Scenario and direction: Decebal Marin
Scenography and painting: Elena Ilaș Music: Traian Păcurar
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